Materials research

Quality Merchandising is firmly committed to fostering environmental responsibility and eco-sustainability. Our commitment within these fields plays a key part in corporate strategy decision-making processes.

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We have therefore implemented a programme based on research into, and production of, innovative products which concretely embody the concepts of re-use, re cycling and curbing waste. These products bear our registered trademark. Our ongoing research into innovative, eco-sustainable materials takes its place alongside other vital factors originality, quality and attention to product details.

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PET

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a highly effective thermal insulating product. It is light and breathable, and it dries in a matter of minutes. It can be used to produce heavier and lighter weight products, including “micropile” for sports underwear. PET is a 100% recycled plastic bottles product (a great benefit to the environment!).

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Polypropylene with silver fibre

Polypropylene (PP) is a hollow fibre yarn. It is an excellent thermal insulating material and is also markedly hygienic since it is endowed with bacteriostatic action (protection against bacteria and fungal growths). It is also anallergic and anti-odourant. 50% lighter than a normal synthetic fibre, and with 30% higher thermal insulation properties, it is markedly crystalline in appearance. Before spinning, it is not susceptible to the action of dyes (unless in dye paste form). With its isothermal and water-repellent properties, the body is insulated but the body moisture is not absorbed. Sweat can be filtered away immediately and can then quickly evaporate. The wearer’s body stays dry and at a constant temperature. Silver yarn obtained by fusion is potently antibacterial. During sweating, it combats bacteria naturally and most effectively. Bacterial proliferation is the main cause of the odours we associate with sweat. Silver yarn is also antistatic (static electricity dissipation action); the static won’t settle, and can no longer adversely affect muscular contractility (a frequent cause of cramp and fatigue). Blood circulation also benefits.

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Organic cotton

This yarn is derived directly from the harvested boll. No environmentally harmful processes are adopted in treating this material. The cotton is farmed under certified organic conditions, and no pesticides are used. If bleaching is required, only hydrogen peroxide is used for each step in the process (no polluting chemical substances are used).

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Ramie

Ramie is a natural fibre obtained from a stinging (or urticant) plant rather similar to flax. Ramie shares all the characteristics of flax. It is cultivated in monsoon zones. It grows rapidly. Cultivation is low-cost and “zero environmental impact“. If appropriately composted, ramie biodegrades rapidly.

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Sea Cell® – Seaweed

Cellulose and seaweed join to produce a natural yarn with skin protection and anti-inflammatory properties. This soft, breathable, hygienic fabric favours blood circulation and acts as an epidermal regeneration stimulant.

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Bamboosh

Bamboosh is a yarn produced from bamboo pulp. It is an
 extremely tough, breathable, anti-odour and quick-drying material.

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Mother of Pearl fibre

This fibre is produced from milled mother of pearl, forming cellulose by synthesis, without the use of solvents. It looks like silk, and is equally strong, light and transparent. It is generally used together with other bio-synthetic fibres, such as Tencel (wood viscose), and elastomers to produce bielastic fabrics.

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Lenpur® – viscose from wood clippings

Lenpur® yarn is pure cellulose, ecological and wholesome. The wood
 pulp from which it is produced is obtained from (cultivated) tree/bush clippings.
 It is endowed with thermoregulating action. It is also a breathable, anti-odour and humidity-absorbing yarn.

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Milk protein

Milk is a natural, wholesome, nutritious food product. We consume milk as soon as we come into the world. But now we can also wear it!
 Innovative bioengineering techniques are deployed in order to use the casein in milk to produce a fibre that is 10% lighter than silk and polyester. This milk protein yarn is healthy and organic (the amino acids released into the fibre contribute to skin care). This fabric is a blood circulation stimulant. It is antibacterial and breathable, and it absorbs humidity. Milk fibre use is particularly appropriate in combination with other fine fibres (it provides greater consistency and compactness).

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CorNice – Ingeo®

This cellulose yarn is 100% maize. It is extremely lightweight, and also a breathable temperature-regulator. It is a very quick dryer.

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Crabyon – antibacterial fibre

Crabyon is a composite chitin-chitosan and cellulose fibre (solvent-free solution-based production). Chitin-chitosan is a white porous polysaccharide forming the base of the carapace (or casing) of crabs, lobsters, crayfish, beetles and so forth. The estimated yearly supply of this material, as provided through the food chain, totals approximately 150,000 tonnes. However, only 3,000 tonnes are currently used.

Chitin is endowed with many properties. Its main properties are:

• biodegradability

• antibacterial action (inhibiting bacterial growth and expelling bacteria)

• it absorbs and removes radioactive substances and heavy metals

• it enhances the action of the human immune system

• it accelerates the healing of wounds

• it is not an epidermal irritant

• anti-itching action

• it prevents epidermal drying

• non-toxic, even when ingested

• it absorbs humidity and then releases it rapidly.

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Smartcel®

The process (patented by the German concern, Smartfiber Ag) entails the combination of natural paraffin microcells with Lyocell, a cellulose derived from juniper berries. The characteristic natural properties of cellulose (lightness, breathability, biodegradability etc.) are accompanied by the action of paraffin microcells (when temperatures are high, the microcells tend to liquefy, accumulating the excess body heat, and the microcells harden when temperatures are low, releasing heat and creating a skin microclimate: inverse, constant action for wellbeing). This technology is therefore applied not only to jersey cloth coming into direct contact with the skin (underwear, t-shirts, rugby shirts etc.) but also to bed linen.

This fibre combines well with aramid viscoses (with flame-retarding properties).

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Bamboo

Bamboo is used in products of various kinds (containers, boxes). We use genuine bamboo and natural eco-friendly adhesives. These products can be disposed of via separate waste collection (wood); they produce no noxious fumes if disposed of via waste-to-energy plants.

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Mais dough (PLA)

These products are based on a dough synthetically produced from 100% maize. They are machine-washable (washing machine/dishwasher) up to 100°C. If appropriately composted, they degrade in just 3 months. If exposed to normal environmental conditions, they degrade in 1 year. They produce no noxious fumes if disposed of via waste-to-energy plants.

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Recycled paper

This paper is obtained via separate waste collection.
It is compacted with natural adhesives to form various thicknesses.

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Reclaimed leather

Reclaimed leather is obtained from processed vegetable-tanned leather scraps.
The material is combined with natural adhesives and dyes to form a dough.
Reclaimed leather is used for bags and belts. It does not lose its natural strength or softness.

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Lagoon seaweed paper

As the seaweed grows in Venice’s lagoon during the summer months, it is harvested and mixed with FSC fibres as a raw material for the production of a totally unique eco-paper product. Seaweed paper is a truly brilliant, innovative solution to the problems posed by the lagoon’s fragile ecosystem. The colours of this product reflect the delicate shades of colour of the Adriatic itself. Inclusion of seaweed makes this the only paper in the world that becomes paler as the years go by!

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Cultivated jute

Jute is a very tough, durable fibre. It is cultivated by natural methods in monsoon areas, and is an ideal material for bags and containers. Disposal via separate waste collection (organic). If exposed to normal environmental conditions, jute degrades rapidly.

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PET

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) twist yarn is a natural cotton-like and extremely robust yarn obtained from recycled plastic bottles. PET yarn is great for bags and sacks, including high technical performance goods such as mountain backpacks. If disposed of in waste-to-energy plants it emits no noxious gasses. It is rapidly biodegradable if exposed to normal environmental conditions.

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