Fabric Options 2018-04-26T08:39:07+00:00

Acrylic:

Acrylic is made from Acrylonitrile, a colourless flammable liquid that is derived from polypropylene plastic. It is combined with other chemicals and placed into a spinning solution. The mixture is then either injected into air-filled space and dry spun or sprayed into water and wet spun.

The fibers are then washed, dried, and crimped. At this stage, the fibers are either long and continuous “tow” fibers or they are short “staple” fibers like wool or cotton. Both types of Acrylic fiber can be woven into fabric, resulting in a different look.

Why Acrylic is Great:

• Durable
• Colourfast
• Resists Shrinkage
• Doesn’t wrinkle
• Soil & oil resistant
• Resistant to sunlight and fading
• Moisture wicking
• Quick drying
• Resistant to mildew and insects
• Surprisingly soft
• Easy to clean

Polyester (Proof):

Did you know that polyester is the number one man-made fiber in fabrics worldwide? Polyester is made from acids and alcohols that are derived from petroleum. The fiber’s name comes from a makeup of many (poly) common organic compounds (esters). Polyester can also be derived from recycled plastics.

The specific processes for creating polyester are not known, as companies keep them secret to remain competitive. The textile industry was transformed with the discovery of polyester in the 1940’s.

Why Polyester is Great:

• Strong and durable
• Good abrasion resistance
• Stands up well to sunlight
• Resistance to mildew
• Resistance to most chemicals
• Water-resistant
• Resistant to shrinking and stretching
• Doesn’t wrinkle
• Easy to clean

Polypropylene / Olefin (Etisilk):

Olefin is a synthetic (man-made) fabric that is derived from ethylene and propylene. It was first developed in Italy in 1957. Olefin is manufactured by melting the chemicals and feeding them through a spinneret (a large shower-head like device) to form long fibers. Olefin is difficult to dye once it has been formed, so it is usually solution-dyed with the colours being added directly to the polymers before or during melting.

The production of olefin is very environmentally friendly. The production process is very little by-product, meaning that it creates nearly no waste. Also, the fiber itself is recyclable and can be re-extruded up to 10 times.

Why Olefin is Great:

• Wicks moisture and dries quickly
• Resists fading, mildew, chemicals, and insects
• Highly stain resistant
• Colourfast
• Good abrasion
• Strong
• Lightweight
• Easy to clean