Innovation in contract fabrics


Panaz contract furnishing fabrics may often be described as ‘out of this world’ in terms of design appeal, but the company maintains a very down to earth approach to its production and management processes, with formal environmental and sustainability policies applied across every aspect of the our operations.

Since Panaz was established in 1985, our whole philosophy on the environment and the impact we have on it has been at the forefront of our thinking. It is one of the main drivers we have when considering corporate policy on all that we do.

Within the company’s eco manifesto, general policy statements stress that concern for the environment be an integral and fundamental part of the Panaz business strategy, and emphasise the corporate aim of reducing the environmental impact of the company’s manufacturing activities in contract fabrics.

The need to engage with all employees in the fulfilment of this aim and to encourage suppliers and customers alike to adopt sound environmental policies is also articulated. Such statements are not bland declarations of intent: they are backed up with practical supporting measures implemented across the company’s entire process.

In 1985, our first decision was to use dry printing methods that were revolutionary at the time. Dispensing with the need for water during our print processes was new thinking that has since become the norm for our Industry.

No chemical treatments are required to achieve international FR properties – our contract fabrics collections have always been based on the use of inherent FR yarns – those collections using Trevira CS also qualify for Oeko Tex certification.

‘We aggressively monitor and track the adherence to REACH within all areas of our Supplychain.’

Panaz printed contract fabrics are produced using sublimatic printing techniques which involve no chemical processes, water or effluents. No solvents are used during the printing process and any possible contaminates, for example waste oil during routine maintenance, are collected from us by B & M Salvage Fuels, a company registered for the safe disposal of such products.

All packaging materials, cardboard cores and transfer paper used in our manufacturing processes are obtained from using pulp from sustainable forests. Cores are re-used repeatedly and all other paper products are recycled through waste management systems. All printing inks are water soluble.

All Panaz anti-microbial products use mædical™ non-leaching technology which is a safe and responsible choice for the environment. Many migrating anti-microbial products contain phenols, heavy metals, arsenic, mercury and silver, which are not only harmful to micro-organisms but can also be harmful to humans. Migrating or leaching anti-microbials of all types have the propensity to contaminate the environment when used on curtains and bedding which undergo regular washing.
By contrast mædical™ is not a poison and is non-leaching, it remains bound and fixed to the fabric providing a permanent barrier against microbes. Shield Plus curtains and bedding protected by mædical™ can be burned or disposed of in landfill sites without adverse effects to the environment by the anti-microbial technology.

Excellent skin tolerance: OECD 406, HRIPT.
Free from heavy metals, silver, TBT, Formaldehyde, Triclosan, Non-Toxic to waste water bacteria and biodegradable – OECD 209 and 303B

Panaz has recently had a full survey by the Carbon Trust. The survey identified seven projects targeting a reduction in energy use and therefore CO2 emissions of 15%.

Panaz, in conjunction with the Carbon Trust, are actively exploring more ways that we can reduce our environmental impact and implement a sustainability programme that will lead us into the next generation of safe sustainable policies for our contract fabrics.