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Encore upholstery fabric helping Fijian hotel industry go green
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Oct '11
An upholstery fabric, called Encore, is helping Fijian hotel industry go green. Around 41 percent of the fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Commercial Interiors International, a subsidiary of Hotel Equip in Nadi, the third-largest conurbation in Fiji, has become the first in the country to sell the plastic bottles recycled upholstery fabric.

Encore has properties similar to polyester fabric but consumes a lost less energy during the manufacturing process.

Hotel industry, especially resorts, has shown keen interest in the Encore fabric both due to its eco-friendly sustainable properties.

Encore is produced by Australia-based Warwick Fabrics, which exports it to 50 countries globally, including Fiji.

Discarded plastic bottles are a growing menace for marine life and transforming them into a durable and attractive fabric is a good way of being environment friendly. For making one metre of Encore fabric, it requires four 750 millilitre bottles. Thus, Encore fabric tries to combat the problem of discarded plastic bottles to a certain extent.

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