Why Specify EnviroLeather?
EnviroLeather™ has been specified for high profile projects with clients in healthcare, senior living, higher education, corporate and hospitality markets. You can feel good that you are doing something good for the planet and human health, while remaining confident that your investment will hold up to rigorous use and last a long time.
Our thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) formulation is designed to have minimal impact on the environment and to limit people’s exposure to harmful toxins.
- Passes Indoor Air Quality Testing (CAL 01350)
- Our eco-friendly print process is energy efficient and replaces harmful solvents with water based systems.
- Post-Consumer Recycled Content
- 10% Renewable Raw Materials
- No PVC or Plasticizers
- No Antimicrobials
- No Flame Retardants
- No Perfluorochemicals (PFC-Free)
- No Formaldehyde
- Our TPE formulation is designed to be comfortable, soft and supple and to last a long time in commercial applications.
- Resistant to peeling, cracking and delamination caused by sewn seams and repeated use of chemical cleaners and disinfectants
- Cleanable and stain resistant
- Elastic in nature to maintain a tightly tailored appearance
- Impervious to fluids and inherently resistant to microbial growth
PVC has been linked to serious environmental and health hazards. PVC is not breathable and it tends to be stiff and have lower stretch and elasticity. The result is an uncomfortable seat and a plastic feel that can puddle under repeated stress.
TRADITIONAL PVC-FREE MATERIALS (PU & SILICONE)
Polyurethanes are PVC-Free, but can have toxic additives and residual solvents that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Many PU’s and Silicone based products can have performance issues such as wrinkling on furniture after extended use, poor abrasion resistance at seams or problems with alcohol resistance.
The process for making leather out of animal hides uses very toxic chemicals. There are several studies linking increased occurrences of lung, pancreatic, kidney, skin, nasal and other cancers to people who work in, or live near, leather tanneries.
Many woven upholstery fabrics are finished with a perfluorochemical (PFC) treatment to help resist staining and abrasion. The problem is that PFC’s are toxic. Studies show they impair child development and are suspected carcinogens. They also bio-accumulate and have been found in polar bear, dolphin and human blood. Woven fabrics have irregular surfaces that can trap dirt and microbes and are more difficult to keep clean. They are also not impervious to fluids and can have durability issues.