September 4, 2020

TOGETHER FOR A CLEAN OCEAN

With BENU® Sea, Christian Fischbacher presents for the first time high-quality curtain fabrics made from SEAQUAL® YARN. The company is thus expanding its award-winning BENU® Recycled collection and at the same time making an important contribution to the recycling of non-degradable waste products.

The SEAQUAL Initiative helps to clean our oceans of marine litter by creating a a wide range of high-quality products made with Upcycled Marine Plastic. The SEAQUAL Initiative creates and manages collaborations between industry, NGO`s, communities and both local and national authorities. Jointly with those collaborators, The SEAQUAL Initiative builds the infrastructure necessary to bring value to marine litter. 

Marine litter that is deposited on our beaches by the tides, which is on the ocean floor and surface, and which enters the ocean via rivers and estuaries, is collected by clean-up programs. It is then sorted into different material types. The plastic portion is cleaned and transformed into Upcycled Marine Plastic at SEAQUAL approved facilities. It is then returned to industry to be transformed into beautiful, new, sustainable products. This Upcycled Marine Plastic has material traceability and certification. In choosing products containing Upcycled Marine Plastic, consumers know they are choosing to help end plastic pollution.

The flakes become pellets and the pellets become the yarn, which is the starting point for a cleaner ocean but also for an environmentally conscious curtain fabric and which is almost identical to pure polyester in its physical properties. SEAQUAL® YARN is sold through a licensing system. SEAQUAL® YARN and products made with SEAQUAL® YARN are exclusively available to SEAQUAL™ licensees. In order to gain access to SEAQUAL® YARN and use the name SEAQUAL®, each member of the supply chain is required to sign a SEAQUAL® YARN 'Trademark & Copyright License Agreement'. This is to ensure the traceability of the material and to protect the identity and values of the SEAQUAL® brand. All materials produced with SEAQUAL® YARN must be submitted to SEAQUAL LAB for certification.

The SEAQUAL Initiatives’s first collaboration resulted in the award winning SEAQUAL® YARN, a high quality 100% recycled polyester fiber made, in part, from plastic marine litter. The flakes become pellets and the pellets become the yarn, which is a starting point for a cleaner ocean, but also a yarn for an environmentally conscious curtain fabric which is almost identical in physical properties to virgin polyester.

SEAQUAL® YARN is sold through a licensing system. SEAQUAL® YARN and products made with SEAQUAL® YARN are available exclusively to SEAQUAL™ licensees. In order to gain access to SEAQUAL® YARN and the use of the SEAQUAL name, every member of the supply chain is required to sign a SEAQUAL 'Trademark & Copyright License Agreement'. This is to ensure material traceability and protect the SEAQUAL brand identity and values. All fabrics produced with SEAQUAL® YARN must be submitted to SEAQUAL LAB for fabric certification. www.seaqual.org 

Christian Fischbacher has captured the spirit of our times with its BENU® Sea collection. “The shift towards an eco-friendlier lifestyle is also affecting our aesthetic sensitivity, so we are seeing a trend for innovative, new yarns with a natural colour and structure,” explains Camilla Fischbacher with reference to the new collection. Aesthetic appeal can go hand in hand with resource-efficient, innovative fabrics.

BENU® Soul
The delicate, sophisticated leno fabric has a flair which is both natural and opulent. The combination of jute-like SEAQUAL® YARN and silver lurex lends the fabric distinctive, contrasting matt and shiny finishes along with a unique feel. 

BENU® Garden
BENU® Garden combines the delicate leno fabric with a large-scale botanical flock print. The highlights of the lurex yarn form a thrilling contrast with the matt flock print, which is also made from recycled PET bottles. A hand-painted leafy thicket reflects the individuality and beauty of nature. Partly larger than life and featuring just one colour, the design has a graphical feel in spite of its opulence.

BENU® Net
The yarn plays a starring role here: two different colours are twisted together to create each strand of yarn, resulting in a fabric with a dynamic, mottled appearance. The subtle intersections of the yarns look like sketched lines. In a nod to the origins of the recycled marine plastic, the extravagant warp-knit fabric is reminiscent of a densely woven fishing net, which would have been made from grasses, cotton and other natural fibres in days gone by.