After satisfying their passion to produce high quality carpets, they have now combined this with developing products which are kinder to the planet.
With sustainability and eco-friendly products now being a big factor for specifiers, incorporating natural wools into their products was an obvious route to take and an exciting prospect.
Working closely with Woollen Spinners of Huddersfield, who have been an ally to Newhey for over 20 years, the best wool types are selected to ensure an end product that gives a high quality for appearance, comfort and durability. British Mountain wools, supplemented with other Northern European wools, are carefully chosen making use of their natural colours to produce a yarn which can go straight into a carpet, without the need for colour dyeing.
Newhey launched the Natural Wool Collection back in 2016 and, due to its popularity, updated the designs in line with current trends in 2020, incorporating the new shades derived from the natural colour of the sheep’s fleece. Different breeds offer an eclectic mix of wool which allows the variation in colours. With five classic designs, this collection is suitable for heavy commercial installations and available at 4 metres wide.
Focusing on the new designs, Geo is a contemporary small design with a concentrated pattern of light and dark, perfect for even petite areas and Parquet is inspired by the classic geometric pattern. Herringbone, brought from the original collection, is an elegant reverse twill derived from a woven fabric, whilst Panama is an over-sized herringbone pattern with a fine stripe detail. Alpine incorporates the new shade of Ebony to give opulence and depth.
The Natural Earth Collection is another sustainable stock offering, taking its inspiration from the earth and the elements within it. Connect Naturals also comes under Newhey’s eco-friendly umbrella, as do many of their stock collections, although this collection does incorporate some dyed yarns, offering a basket weave and a geometric pattern in corresponding colourways.
Keen to stay at the forefront of the sector in terms of reducing its environmental impact, Newhey have invested heavily in efficient production equipment. In 2013, they introduced an innovative solvent-free adhesive secondary backing system ‘evobac’, produced from post-consumer PET, replacing the traditional latex backing system. One square metre is equivalent to eight plastic bottles, therefore, Newhey have prevented over 12 million plastic bottles from going to landfill or entering our oceans.
Considering all their products are being manufactured and supplied with evobac, this significantly reduces Newhey’s carbon footprint, marking a major milestone towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable process.
In addition to all of the above, one of Newhey’s proudest attributes is that all their products are ‘Made in Britain’ at the factory and head office in Rochdale on the outskirts of Manchester.