Tintex, the Portuguese textile manufacturer has reported significant interest from international fashion brands at the recent ISPO show in Munich. There were numerous enquiries from buyers for its recently launched B.Cork water-based laminated fabrics. First launched at Performance Days in November, the laminated fabric coating made from cork can be used for woven or knit fabrics and is breathable as well as environmentally friendly — on the basis that cork would have otherwise gone straight to landfills.
B.Cork is fully commercialised with a patent-pending for the accompanying water-based lamination technique and is free from formaldehyde and solvents. The company says the coating is suitable for applications on both knits and woven textiles, along with all of Tintex’s ‘smart fibre bases’. Cork, even without the added benefit of being sourced as a pre-consumer waste product, is becoming an increasingly popular material for brands that place environmental issues high on its agenda.
Abel Coelho of Tintex says all the material comes from the waste produced during cork manufacturing in the drinks industry. Tintex also launched Fabric 4846 at ISPO, which the company says is a blend of tencel, smartcell and elastane clean fit by Roica. The fabric aims to combine Tencel’s moisture management properties with zinc oxide’s healing properties from Smartcell, making up a knit activewear.