Ultrafabrics, global provider of high-performance fabrics, has reintroduced its Volar Bio collection which now has a 66% mix of recycled, rapidly renewable and bio-based content.

Ultrafabrics has gathered a broad client base, including MillerKnoll, Jaguar Land Rover, Google Fitbit, Virgin Galactic and Gulfstream Aerospace – all attracted to the company because of its commitment to the highest level of compliance and transparency for its ESG goals, explained Ultrafabrics.

With the company celebrating its 25-year anniversary, the Volar Bio collection was initially launched in 2019, with 29% bio-based components. Fast-forward to 2024 and it now has a 66% mix of recycled, rapidly renewable, and bio-based content, and surpasses the company’s sustainability goals by six years. Ultrafabrics has claimed it is the only coated fabric brand offering such innovation.

‘We are six years ahead of our initial sustainability goals and 19 of our fabric lines now have content that is recycled, rapidly renewable, or both in the backcloth,’ said Nicole Meier, director of branding at Ultrafabrics.  

Volar Bio’s evolution in backcloth construction not only includes certified Repreverecycled polyester and Ecovero viscose in the backcloth but introduces Susterrapropanediol bio-based resin. 

Susterra 1.3 propanediol is a pure, petroleum-free, raw material made from regeneratively farmed US dent corn. It is a key ingredient for producing bio-based resins for leather alternatives.

The natural-feeling surface of Volar Bio, crafted in Japan, means it can be used to upholster anything from residential furniture to commercial-based surfaces in offices, hospitality, retail or healthcare. All Ultrafabrics products can withstand serious, frequent cleaning to C.D.C standards and are sought-after solutions where hygiene is a priority, explained the company. This fabric can also withstand bleach without losing its colour or altering its appearance and is suitable for use in ‘vegan’ interiors.

Ms Meier added, ‘With the relaunch of Volar Bio, our multiple sustainability ingredient partners, and our move towards bio-based products in the transportation sector, it’s clear you can achieve sustainability without sacrificing quality and performance. And we can scale to meet the needs of a global audience. We’ve turned the lights on to expose our end-to-end production process.’