• Organic Cotton Backing Cloth

    Chieftain Fabrics and Sustainability

    At Chieftain Fabrics, we are aware of how important it is to look after our planet.  We insist on only the best REACH compliant ingredients going into our vinyl fabric and we want to make as little impact on the environment as possible. For this reason, we use 100% organic cotton for the backing cloth on our faux leather Lionella range.

    What is “organic cotton?”

    Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. 11% of all pesticides used in the world are used on just one crop: cotton.

    Also, in order to gain organic status all organic cotton is grown from non-genetically modified seeds.  Organic farmers use crop rotation, compost, cover crops and weed by hand or machine.  They rely on the seasons for defoliation rather than on toxic chemicals.

    Water

    As a result of increased organic matter in the soil, water is retained more efficiently.  Also, as there are no pesticides or fertilizers used in its production, organic cotton farming does not lead to groundwater contamination.

    Emissions

    Organic cotton produces far fewer CO2 emissions to the air than the production of conventional cotton with only 3.75 kg of CO2 being emitted per ton of spun fibre. Conventional cotton production produces 5.89 kg of CO2 on average.

    Why choose organic cotton?

    Supporting organic agriculture is essential to creating improved working conditions for farm workers.  By choosing organically grown cotton, we reap all the benefits of cotton, its strength and beauty while minimizing harm to both humans and our planet.

     

  • Chieftain Fabrics MD nominated for Award

    The launch of the fourth annual Meath Business and Tourism Awards 2013 took place on Thursday the 19th of September in the Pillo Hotel in Ashbourne, Co Meath, Ireland. The aim of the awards is to highlight and emphasise the successes of local Meath companies. It is organised annually by the Meath Chronicle in partnership with Meath County Council and Meath Tourism. Chieftain Fabrics have been entered into the awards for an “Environmental Responsibility” Award.

     

  • Reducing our footprint-reusing our packaging

    The nature of our business, and the delicate structure of fabric means that we need to use a lot of packaging.

    In order to minimise the amount of packaging we use in the first place, we have redesigned some of our processes.

    We now use, where possible, biodegradable polythene when wrapping our vinyl products and our cardboard cores are from sustainable sources only. Also, every pallet that comes in, goes back out again. Sometimes they take a bit of repairing but its something we’re happy to do.

    In the office we use solar heating in winter and convection cooling systems in the warmer months.
    Computers and equipment are set-up in energy saver mode and items on stand-by are switched off in the evening.

    At the end of our products life cycle, we embark upon plastic recycling. The PVC can be stripped away from the cotton and reused.
    Typically, our PVC is re-used in electrical wiring. So the next time you wire a plug, that blue or brown wire may just be an ex Chieftain Fabric.