High Point, North Carolina-based textile major Culp Inc. has launched “ChillSense powered by Repreve,” a new ticking collection that pairs a “cool” innovation with Culp’s dedication to sustainability. The fabric is a result of Culp Home Fashions’ continued partnership with yarn supplier Unifi Inc. The new mattress fabric offers consumers a cool-to-the-touch sleep surface with a sustainability back story. At least 30% of the ticking is knit with Repreve yarn derived from recycled plastic bottles.
Available only from Culp, the new ticking’s ChillSense fibers, also developed by Unifi, transfer heat from the body to the fabric, Culp said in a news release.
“We are excited to offer two great technologies in one,” said Jeff Veach, Culp Home Fashions vice president of sales and marketing. ”The cooling technology is inherent within the yarn, not requiring the addition of chemicals. ChillSense powered by Repreve represents an affordable offering for our customers and consumers to make a sustainability-based buying decision. Since 2019, Culp has helped divert more than 63 million plastic bottles from going into waste streams by incorporating Repreve recycled fiber into its mattress fabrics and upholstery fabrics.”
In addition, order fulfillment is not an issue for Culp and Unifi, despite industrywide supply chain problems, Veach said. “Culp has the redundancy to produce and scale this new fabric line. The raw material can be made locally in Reidsville (North Carolina), and it can also be made overseas, in concert with Culp’s expansive fabric formation capabilities.”