Phthalate Free Vinyl – What Designers Need to Know
In this day and age to be environmentally conscious is THE right mindset. We are surrounded by products and gadgets to make sure we are better at protecting our environment.
Whether it is recycling, or shopping for chemical-free cleaning products, aluminum-free deodorants, living the environmentally-friendly mindset has also spread into the upholstery business.
The skai® brand has always been ahead of the curve in design and performance, but now is ahead of the curve in the environmentally-conscious market- a whole new line of products that have an innovative phthalate-free construction. This is the next generation of high performance and durability in upholstery vinyl.
If you don’t know what phthalates are here is a brief but thorough explanation from the CDC: “Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used as solvents (dissolving agents) for other materials. They are used in hundreds of products, such as vinyl flooring, adhesives, detergents, lubricating oils, automotive plastics, plastic clothes (raincoats), and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays, and nail polishes).
Phthalates are used widely in polyvinyl chloride plastics, which are used to make products such as plastic packaging film and sheets, garden hoses, inflatable toys, blood-storage containers, medical tubing, and some children’s toys.” (Prevention, 2017)
While phthalates are a common ingredient in many products, and especially in the vinyl upholstery industry, this change represents a modern view, a look beyond from skai®. Their products in this collection are now phthalate-free, which means they do not contain any of the 26 Phthalates that are commonly used. skai® is without a doubt #26pfree #phthalatefree.
Fortunately, research and development were able to create a fabric that is soft and malleable without the need of phthalates, yet it is more flexible- a fresh innovation for sure! Various opportunities will be coming up to check out the collection items are that are #26pfree in the next few weeks. We invite you to refer to our news feed in order to see when and where you can come and see us in person- but please do not hesitate to navigate skaisusa.com