Helioscreen fabrics: 100% recyclable

Fabrics made from fiberglass yarns coated with PVC have clear advantages over fabrics made from other materials. One of these is durability: fiberglass-PVC fabrics last longer than most other fabrics and are more resistant to harsh weather conditions. As a result, they have the advantage of remaining in use for a long period before they enter into the waste chain. Life expectation used in life cycle analysis is up to 15 years outside and 30 years inside.

OekotexAt this moment there is no affordable alternative for fiberglass-PVC that has the same advantages and properties for solar shading. But we know that the Fiberglass-PVC yarns we use are as eco-friendly as possible. This is proved by their compliance with the Oëkotex standard 100. This means there are no harmful substances present nor heavy-metal content (lead, cadmium, tin). No formaldehyde and allergenic compounds are used and the yarns are resistant to mould and bacterial growth. The fabric also complies to the latest REACH-standards prescribed by the EU (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals ).

To further ease the concerns about the PVC-content of our fabrics, Helioscreen supports VinylPlus, an initiative of the European PVC industry that sets challenging sustainability targets.

In light of that commitment, Helioscreen participates in several projects that seek Recyclabilityto recycle both the glass and the PVC content of the yarn used for the fabrics. Thorough research proved that glass and PVC can be separated using a centrifugation technique and tests on a more industrial scale look very promising. After separation, glass and PVC can be recycled separately. If these projects turn out to be successful, Helioscreen has the will to implement a collection program for post-consumer waste at the end of their life cycle.

Aside this, Helioscreen is constantly looking for alternatives to recycle production waste and fabrics at their end-of-life stage. The fabrics can be shredded for example and used in acoustic insulation. Because our fabrics do not leach they can be used in ground stabilization as a replacement for natural stones in aggregates.

Other solutions have already been employed, such as:

  • Re-use of second-quality fabrics into sampling, mock-ups for demonstration and within our confection department.
  • Re-use of second-quality fabrics into eco-design products : bags and accessories, small furniture, promotional goodies.
  • Re-use of second-quality fabrics for inside and outside green walls, garden carpets...

Environmental management systems

Helioscreen is engaged into a waste management program and active waste reduction. We are setting up an environmental management system in order to gain ISO 14001 certification, aside our ISO 9001 certification.

ISO 9001

Waste management

Our industrial waste is separated. Plastic wrap and wooden crates are reused, cardboard boxes are 100% recycled. For direct transport by truck we do not use any cardboard packaging in order to further reduce our industrial waste.

To meet the regulations, our remaining industrial screen wastes are currently still sent to landfill, but as land filling is an undesirable waste treatment option we have invested in quality controls to dramatically reduce our industrial screen waste impact on the environment. This high quality concern results in less volume of waste for our customers, the blind-makers and fabricators.