F.R.E.S.H.® Fabrics Redefining Environmental Standards (for) Hospitality®: The trademark owned by Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc. As the acronym implies, FRESH® fabrics are made from synthetic yarns derived from pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled products which are made at a low impact manufacturing platform. FRESH® fabrics are 100% recycled content - no blends. Because of their unique construction FRESH® fabrics are recyclable and there is an established reclamation service that will transport FRESH® fabrics to a recycling facility at the end of their lifecycle. This radical departure from traditional disposal is aimed at further protecting the environment by alleviating mounting pressure on landfill capacity.
FRESH® fabrics can be identified by the "recycle symbol F", which is placed on every piece furniture or finished product that the fabric is used for.
When the program was first developed 3 years ago, we decided that Valley Forge Fabrics needed one major benchmark to make the greatest environmental impact that we could. Using post consumer and pre-consumer recycled polyester is a major step, but Valley Forge Fabrics recognizes that this is just step 1 in what should be a fully closed loop process.
We are the only textile company to date that has a reclamation program in place to facilitate the recycling of all FRESH® products. Making a recyclable product is important, but without offering our process, hotels would have no way to actually recycle. We will take back FRESH® product and recycle it for various end uses that today’s technologies allow. We currently recycle FRESH® product into blankets, foam for pillows, plastics for car interiors, and various other plastics in the open market. We are working hard to develop the possibility of up-cycling textiles back into textiles, but we are a few years from this point as of today. Since this recycling will save literally millions of pounds from entering landfills after use, we believe a recyclable fabric program to be extremely important as it will obviously divert even greater amounts of plastic from simply being thrown away.