A Commitment to
Decades before today’s green movement, Sunbrella® fabrics made a corporate commitment to environmentally responsible practices. Today, our dedication to sustainability is just as strong, backed by initiatives with our vendors, trade partners and customers that allow us to put our values into practice around the world.
Company Environment Initiatives
No Sunbrella manufacturing facility in the world sends waste to landfills. A result of our focus on efficiency, this monumental achievement allows Sunbrella to lead by example, putting sustainability into practice every day across the globe.
In 2011, Sunbrella added a solar array to our plant in Norlina, NC in an effort to lower emissions. Today, this single solar array generates enough energy to power 47 homes and, combined with an upgrade of all light fixtures, has reduced the plant’s annual CO2 emissions by 1,000 tons (907.185 metric tons).
Our unique coloring process not only makes Sunbrella fabrics fade-resistant, it also conserves more water than conventional dyeing processes.
At Sunbrella we believe it’s important to preserve the environment around our facilities. We work to conserve the plant and animal life that is native to the area and encourage our employees to plant gardens designed to provide fresh food and nourish local wildlife.
Sustainable Product Initiatives and Certifications
Create Less Waste
Because Sunbrella fabrics last longer and need to be replaced less often than traditional fabrics, they ultimately create less waste than fabrics that mildew, fade or lose strength quickly.
One of our best-selling collections, Sunbrella Renaissance furniture fabrics give new life to industrial waste by combining up to 50% post-industrial recycled Sunbrella fiber with virgin Sunbrella fiber to achieve vintage charm, rich coloration, soft feel, and excellent performance.
Sunbrella upholstery fabric has achieved GREENGUARD Gold Certification for contributing to healthy indoor air as a product with low chemical and particle emissions.
Awarded with the OEKO-TEX label (class II – products with direct contact to the skin), Sunbrella fabrics are made without any identified harmful substance that could be a danger to health, skin and the environment.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends Sunbrella awning and marine and upholstery fabrics in shading products as an aid in the prevention of sun-induced damage to the skin as part of a complete sun protection regimen, including regular use of sunscreen.
Glen Raven Custom Fabrics offers Sunbrella Contract fabrics that are certified to the NSF/ANSI 336 Sustainability Assessment. More than 50 patterns in the Sunbrella Contract fabric line, including those fabrics with Defiance® treatment, achieved a Silver Level in the NSF/ANSI 336-2011 third-party audit performed by UL-Environment, making it the first company to offer such a broad range of compliant fabrics.
ISO 9001 and
ISO 14001 Certified
Our ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management certifications demonstrate our commitment to providing exceptional products and services while recognizing our environmental responsibilities.
Recycle My Sunbrella
Recycle My Sunbrella
For more than 25 years, Sunbrella has recycled acrylic manufacturing waste and delivered it to partners who convert the materials into industrial products such as felt, automotive insulation, and filtration.
In 2010, for the United States we started our Recycle My Sunbrella program that allows consumers to participate in the recycling process. This is a special ‘take-back’ program that provides an alternative to disposal for fabric scraps, awning covers, boat covers and upholstery fabric. Since the inception of the program, business partners and homeowners have recycled more than 400,000 pounds (181,437 kilograms) of fabric. Rather than going to a landfill, this fabric is recycled for a second life reborn as yarns for use in decorative Sunbrella fabrics.
As part of this program we proudly partner with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department to provide valuable jobs to the local community. Their employees receive and unpack the shipments from contributors, and sort the materials and packaging for further processing.
To participate in the Recycle My Sunbrella program, please remove any zippers, metal garments, plastic, etc. that may be attached to your Sunbrella fabric and send the material to us using the shipping form at the link below.