The founders of Doppelhaus, Martin Brambley and Yolanda Leask, are household names at Sustainable Innovations in MUNICH FABRIC STARTs KEYHOUSE. A year ago they were already invited to present their innovative and competitively priced non-woven fabrics with a low environmental impact. Back then their fabric project was still in the pilot phase but the first prototypes were so convincing that the potential was already clear. Twelve months later that first impression proved right: in the meantime, Doppelhaus has consistently developed its initial ideas further to present Cloudwool in January 2018 – a sustainable non-woven fabric – made of 100% European and British as well as carded wool and produced in Germany. Brambley and Laesk not only developed the innovative non-woven processes that make the special surfaces possible but also filed a patent for them.

From February this year Doppelhaus will market the innovative non-woven fabric under the brand name Cloudwool. This claims to outperform conventional woollen non-wovens: Cloudwool is said to be more flexible, lighter and easier to drape than conventional felt. Furthermore, it is said to have no fibre line and be non-fraying due to its special non-woven construction thereby allowing efficient pattern making/nesting. In addition to this, Doppelhaus aims to score points with ecologically and competitively priced manufacturing technology. After all, the production of non-wovens is cheaper, faster and more efficient than conventional weaving processes. Constructed using fibres without the use of yarns, non-woven fabrics can offer textile manufacturers a sustainable alternative to wovens and even partly replace them in the medium term, say Doppelhaus confidently. Saving both labour and costs non-woven can minimize unnecessary waste.

And thanks to new technological developments such as hydro felting non-wovens can also compete with conventional wovens when it comes to such quality requirements as drape, durability and washability – which was not the case in the past. Particularly given its combination of state-of-the-art non-woven technology, resource-saving use of European wool as well as transparent and local production in Germany Cloudwool has by no means reached its full potential yet – which will kick in when the prototype phase moves to series production. So this innovative-sustainable product could well face an even brighter future.