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Recycled Faux Fur: comfort with a conscience.

What does Recycled Faux Fur feel like? Will it work on my sofa year-round?

Friends.  

This fabric is magnificently soft. And when we say soft, we mean soft

Recycled Faux Fur has the kind of decadent texture you have to feel to believe—the kind you still might not believe even as you run your fingers through it.  

The pile is low and silky for a sophisticated, versatile look, with smooth, almost velvet-like fibers that catch the light, adding nuance and depth. And, given the raised nap and the nature of recycled poly, the fabric feels surprisingly light, almost cool to the touch. It's one of those magic materials that are warm when you're chilly and crisp when you're hot. Your piece can (and should!) rock a Recycled Faux Fur Slipcover in any season. 

You’d never guess it’s crafted from recycled plastic bottles. (The same 100% recycled polyester as our vegan Poly Fill.) 

Neva Round Daybed, Pampas Flow

Is recycled polyester really that much better for the environment than "virgin polyester"?

Yes.  

Virgin polyester production wreaks havoc on the environment every year. (“Wreaks havoc” might sound a little dramatic, but it’s true.) It requires a tremendous amount of energy, and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions are substantial.  

The highly pollutive process has a global impact, but communities that surround manufacturing plants are left particularly vulnerable to all kinds of toxic contamination. It’s also worth noting that virgin polyester is sourced directly from petroleum, increasing the demand for fossil fuels. In 2021, an estimated 342 million barrels of oil were used to produce virgin poly textiles.  

Every new environmentally friendly alternative to virgin polyester is a step away from the devastating effects of its production.  

Ozzi Chair, Kiwi Fuzz

We traverse the globe to bring you the finest materials on the market. And we’re delighted to debut a gorgeous, environmentally friendly material that’s unexpected in the best way, unlike most fabrics you’ve probably seen...or felt

Introducing Recycled Faux Fur in three neutral hues—Dandelion Poof, Kiwi Fuzz, and Pampas Flow. 

It checks every proverbial box—a lavish look that’s irresistibly soft with a texture that’s at once playful and polished, crafted into a conveniently removable, washable slipcover. 

And the most exciting part?  

Recycled Faux Fur is made entirely of 100% vegan, recycled polyester.  

Not only is this material beautiful, but its production is an act of conservation—a small way to preserve the natural beauty all around us.  

Can my Recycled Faux Fur slipcover be removed and laundered?

Recycled Faux Fur washes like an absolute dream

Like all our fabric slipcovers, Recycled Faux Fur is removable and cleanable. Most spills can be tackled with a clean, dye-free cloth and a dab of color-safe laundry detergent or enzymatic cleaner, depending on the stain. Recycled polyester also machine washes beautifully.  

If the fabric's nap is looking a bit uneven, gently blow-dry creases or matted sections (yes, with a hairdryer) while brushing in the direction of the fur—either a bristle brush or your hand will do. For particularly stubborn wrinkles, turn the slipcover and use a handheld steamer on the back of the material. 

You can read more about caring for your Recycled Faux Fur slipcover here.

What exactly do you mean by “recycled”? Is the fabric made of...old faux fur?

The "recycled" part of our faux fur isn't the finished fabric but the vegan polyester that makes up its fibers. 

The 100% recycled vegan polyester had a previous life as discarded PET plastic. ("PET" is just shorthand for "polyethylene terephthalate," the chemical term for polyester.) PET plastic is primarily used in bottles for household goods like shampoo, water and soda bottles, and food containers. It's phthalate-free, carcinogen-free, and FDA approved (meaning it's perfectly safe to wrap your sandwich in). 

The journey from waste to luxurious recycled material involves collecting plastic refuse and resizing it into particles. These particles are compounded into plastic pellets, melted down, and transformed into the yarn used to construct the fabric.   

What makes Recycled Faux Fur "environmentally friendly"?

Well, a few things.  

First, let’s talk plastic pollution. Every piece of plastic used to produce our Recycled Faux Fur is waste that would’ve otherwise remained in a landfill or ocean...forever.

And we’re not just using a pound or two of recycled plastic—we’re measuring in tons. To break it down, around one ton of plastic waste yields around 1,150 meters (12 football fields!) of Recycled Faux Fur. That means for every Neva 84” slipcover, over 22 pounds of non-biodegradable plastic is removed from the ecosystem and spun into a fuzzy dream—that’s the approximate weight of a standard spare tire or five full gallons of brightener-free laundry detergent.  

Dandelion Poof
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Kiwi Fuzz
Kiwi Fuzz
Pampas Flow
Pampas Flow
Kiwi Fuzz
Kiwi Fuzz Ozzi Chair