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Sustainable Design: Greenscreen Sea-Tex™ Solar Control Fabric

In Window Treatments by Specialty Drapery

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Reimagine your window treatments with an environmentally friendly solution! Many of our clients value design, functionality, and sustainability. To meet this demand for sustainable design that is also attractive and high-performance, we’re excited to offer a brand new product from Hunter Douglas: Greenscreen Sea-Tex™.

The Plastic Problem

Over five trillion pieces of plastic are floating around in the oceans, collecting in five gyres. The gyres are whirlpools formed by currents in the North and South Pacific, North and South Atlantic, and Indian oceans. Some of the waste items collecting in the gyres include milk cartons, foamed plastic cups, PET bottles, and fishing nets. These items take 3 months, 50 years, 450 years, and 600 years to biodegrade, respectively. Because these materials take so long to decompose, it is estimated that there is over six times as much plastic mass in the oceans as there is plankton!

While disposable containers and fishing nets floating around in the ocean do not directly impact our daily lives, the debris poses a terrible threat to marine life. In fact, abandoned fishing nets trap 136,000 whales, dolphins, seals, and turtles each year. Hunter Douglas noted the gravity of this problem and devised an innovative solution for a sustainable solar control fabric.

Solution: Recovered Shoreline Plastic Fabric

Hunter Douglas formed an independent shore cleanup initiative called U-Turn. U-Turn’s goal is to collect discarded materials along shorelines, preventing the debris from re-entering the marine ecosystem.

Utilizing the plastic collected during these cleanups, Hunter Douglas produces a ground-breaking solar control fabric called Greenscreen Sea-Tex™. Hunter Douglas currently offers this eco-friendly material in five serene hues: Haze, Graphite, Sand, White, and Pearl. Every square meter of Greenscreen Sea-Tex™ utilizes 125 grams of recovered shoreline plastic, giving it marine animals’ fin flip of approval.

Depending on the color you select, Sea-Tex™ blocks up to 95% of UV rays and reduces solar heat transmittance to as little as 19%. This helps keep your home comfortable and preserves items susceptible to fading, such as fabrics, wooden floors, and artwork.

Sustainable Design at Specialty Drapery

Looking to revamp your window treatments but also conscious of minimizing your environmental footprint? Hunter Douglas’s new Sea-Tex™ solar control fabric provides the perfect sustainable design solution. Our window treatment specialists at Specialty Drapery are eager to help you achieve your design and sustainability goals with this innovative product.

Since 1967, Specialty Drapery has provided the highest quality of window treatment solutions to the Mid-Atlantic region. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and relentless pursuit of customer delight. Contact us to schedule your design consultation.