The cruise industry is experiencing a shift to greater sustainability and eco-conscious travel.
As a result, technology company Continental is seeking to lock into this trend with a selection of interior concepts at this year’s Cruise Ship Interiors Design Europe expo (CSIE).
Continental presented its skai Evida Fiber, skai Totexo EN and skai Tovosoft EN upholstery materials.
“Our product innovations allow us to replace fossil resources with natural, sustainable materials,” explained Norbert Müller, Senior Sales Manager for the Cruise sector at Continental’s specialist surfaces unit. “In keeping with our motto ‘Sustainability starts at the surface’ we are minimising carbon emissions throughout the value chain.”
There is a growing awareness of environmental issues among travellers, who are increasingly opting for sustainability-focused tour operators.
In a recent survey carried out by Booking.com, 78% of the 30,314 respondents worldwide stated they would like to stay in sustainable accommodation at least once in the coming year – either on land or at sea.
Continental chose to shine the spotlight on the sustainable innovations offered by upholstery materials from its skai brand at the London show.
These are used in many different areas of passenger ships – bed headboards or couches, chairs, seats and benches in lobbies, lounges, restaurants and bars to loungers for outdoor and spa areas, as well as wall coverings and furnishings in the crew quarters.
“Durability is a high priority for us and our designs embrace the latest furnishing trends and shades, like those already exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair in the spring,” Müller added.
The surface material skai Evida Fiber has a richly varied grain pattern and a fine fibre-like texture. The material is soft to the touch and is made up of 90% natural and renewable constituent components.
This proportion exceeds that of the already established skai Evida variant, which consists of more than 80% natural and renewable raw materials. skai Evida Fiber has an organic cotton backing certified according to the patented ÖKO-TEX Standard 100.
The sustainable artificial leather is highly abrasion resistant, resistant to disinfectant and also IMO flame retardant – without compromising on comfort.
skai Totexo EN and skai Tovosoft EN both score highly for sustainability thanks to their backing material made from recycled polyester fibres, Continental said.
These are on a par with newly manufactured polyester in terms of quality, but use up just a small fraction of the resources by comparison. In addition, both materials are free of plasticisers and their potentially harmful effects.
The honeycomb structure of skai Tovosoft EN is intended to radiate calm and be inviting to touch. Its soft feel harmonises perfectly with the range of understated colours focusing on nude, beige and earthy tones.
skai Totexo EN’s textile grain, on the other hand, is designed to create an elegant look with its matte-gloss effect. This, together with the modern range of colours, gives it a techno-futuristic appeal.
Also on display on Continental’s stand was the breathable upholstery fabric skai VyP Coffee containing over 65% natural and recycled raw materials, such as coffee grounds.
The team of surface specialists also showcased another new product in the form of skai Toronto EN. This features the patented staynu technology, which makes it extremely resistant to stains and exceptionally easy to clean.