ISTANBUL—Recycled polyester fabric is becoming more important as a category—first with Contract (green hotels) and now with residential applications.
This product is also being marketed in Kucukcalik window shade fabrics which are PVC free.
Both developments were presented to the attendees of EVTEKS beginning April 24 in the Kucukcalik stand. Kucukcalik, is spinning the recycled yarn from chips in piece dyed and solution dyed fabrics as the exclusive licensee in Turkey from Unifi Repreve yarn (USA). The program is traceable to the source and the Repreve yarn can be mixed with cotton or new polyester yarn. Manufacturers can buy the recycled yarn separately which Kucuculik is aggressively marketing and spinning in its own Turkish plant.
F&FI has learned that IKEA will start a program in 2019 featuring the Kucuculik fabric in bed coverings made from Repreve. Kucukcalik supplies the piecegoods to the IKEA bedding subcontractor.
Kucukcalik executives said due to agreements they could not confirm the details of this activity. F&FI found out the specific details from sources outside the company.