Following our post on the Tegris material, reader Niels has asked if a material trademarked as Pure, produced by Dutch textiles manufacturer The Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group and pictured here, is essentially the same stuff with different trademarking.
The two materials have a lot in common: Both Tegris and Pure are made from polypropylene; both have a woven appearance; both are available in fabric and sheet form; both are completely recycleable; both possess excellent impact resistance and strength for their light weight. Like Tegris, Pure is well-suited to luggage applications, and Lankhorst also shows the material providing the outside surfaces for a structural sandwich (both foamcore and honeycomb-style) that lends itself well to flight case panels.
While it certainly seems like the same stuff, we can't be sure; unsurprisingly, neither Lankhorst nor Tegris manufacturer Milliken provide enough details of their manufacturing processes to call it an even match. But the bottom line is, with competing manufacturers vying to produce strong, lightweight and recycleable materials innovations, designers now have more opportunities than ever to incorporate freshness—and green-ness-into staid product categories like luggage. And while Tumi has snapped up the rights for Tegris in the luggage space, it's good to know designers can turn to comparable alternatives.
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