As demand increases for fabrics that offer a cleaner and more sustainable feature, the team at Ricky are excited to have sun control products that fit this bill, including the brand-new textile Solterior FR, which is manufactured in Japan by Izumi.
This fabric is a solution dyed polyester that is produced from recycled PET drink bottles. “Being made with yarn that is produced out of used PET plastic bottles gives a second life to a product that is not biodegradable and would otherwise end up as landfill.” Says Ricky Richards National Sales Manager, Darren Best. “By using recycled bottles in the yarn, Solterior FR saves both energy resources and the environment while delivering the same high-quality features as other Ricky sun control products.”
Solterior FR which is ideal for commercial awnings and market umbrellas is RoHS compliant, fire retardant, waterproof and UV stabilized. Available in 10 popular colours and backed by a five-year warranty, Solterior FR also comes with the full support of the Ricky team.
While Solterior FR is made using recycled bottles, the Outlook mesh collection is manufactured by Phifer Inc. using Dow Ecolibrium™ bio-based plasticisers in their formulation allowing the Outlook range to be a cleaner mesh option. The many benefits of this mesh include a reduction to greenhouse gas emissions. And with 98 percent of the plasticisers derived from non-fossil fuel feed stock, that means up to 0.0980 litres of petroleum is saved with every square metre of Outlook mesh purchased. Customers of Outlook mesh fabrics will be contributing to making this world a better place for our children.
As well as being made using Dow Ecolibrium™ bio-based plasticisers, Outlook mesh fabrics are Greenguard Gold Certified, ensuring that the fabrics have met some of the world's most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into indoor air. Ricky has been the exclusive supplier of Outlook mesh fabrics in the window furnishing industry for over twenty-five years. Partnering with Phifer Inc. long ago, Ricky and their team from Tuscaloosa, Alabama created the brand Outlook to fill a gap in the Australian mesh market and have never looked back.
“We just love it when our partnerships grow into years upon years. Staying with the same supplier means a lot to us and selling the same fabric range with added features and benefits as the years go by gives such confidence in the product and the company itself.” Darren adds.
Outlook mesh fabrics will reflect up to 95 percent of solar energy while still allowing air to pass through, helping to create a cooler, more comfortable environment naturally. They are available in three types of openness: 1 percent, 5 percent and 12 percent and a fourth option: Mode Zero a visual blockout mesh. Colours include a selection inspired by Colorbond® which means you can match any existing outdoor theme and all these fabrics are supported by a full 10-year warranty.
Darren and his team love that by choosing these Ricky textiles it is a small step towards helping maintain the environment for future generations. “The fact that we can offer these types of textiles show that the textile industry has come a long way over the last 38 years that Ricky has been in business. And anything we can do to help maintain our environment is always top of our minds.”
If you would like to know more about these products or any of the Ricky textiles range, contact the team on 02 97353333 or click on the links below.