Bella-Dura Wins 2008 Earth-Minded Award

June 5, 2008

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GARFIELD, New Jersey - Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills, Inc., the makers of Bella-Dura™ performance fabrics, received the 2008 Earth-Minded Award from the American Society of Interior Designers during the Hospitality and Design Show on May 14th in Las Vegas. The inaugural award was presented at the Green Luncheon and was received by Mr. Tom Notaro, vice president of sales and marketing.

Bella-Dura™ features include a minimum of 1500 hours lightfastness, bleach cleanability, a minimum of 50,000 double rubs, inherent anti-microbial, mildew and stain resistance, and all can be recycled at the end of their useful lives with a reclamation program currently in operation.

"We spent three years in research and development with American Fibers and Yarns to make the proprietary Bella-Dura™ fiber, and one of the appealing factors to me in the development of this fiber was the fact that Bella-Dura™ is environmentally friendly,'' said Irwin Gasner, president and CEO of Wearbest. ''This prestigious award by ASID validates our goal of producing an incredibly beautiful, durable performance fabric with a recycling and an operating reclamation program, and being good stewards of the environment".

Earlier this season, Bella-Dura fabrics achieved a Silver certification by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) which confirmed that the fabrics meet standards for human and environmental health.

Irwin Gasner, president and CEO of Wearbest, is very excited about the new certification and the possibilities that it allows for Bella-Dura™ fabrics. "We have worked extremely hard for months to meet the stringent guidelines that MBDC set down for validation and certification, and the fact that we have now achieved this important certification validates our mission that Bella-Dura™ is, bar none, the performance fabric of choice; where you don't have to choose between performance, indoors or outdoors, or the environment."

Founded in 1980, Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills recently celebrated 28 years in business as an award winning jacquard mill. Wearbest is well known for its innovative design, outstanding quality and exceptional customer service to the residential, hospitality and contract markets. Please visit our website at


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