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Non-Woven Wallpaper

Have you ever found yourself lost in a jungle of wallpapers, struggling to find that perfect wallpaper for your project?   By the time you have finished exploring a myriad-designs, you may have lost sight of the style of wallpaper you really want.  When it comes to choosing a type of wallpaper, non-woven wallpaper seems to be a popular choice.  So, what makes this type of wallpaper so appealing?

Non-woven wallpaper became available to the world of interior design in the 2000’s and since then, this popular type of wallpaper has been improved to create new eco-friendly and biodegradable versions.  Traditional non-woven wallpaper comprises Polyethylene terephthalate (PET – a form of polyester) and natural fibres.   The new type of non-woven wallpaper, launched in October 2021, comprises natural pulp only.  This new type of non-woven paper is biodegradable, meaning it has a positive lifecycle.  Lifecycle refers to the following:  the raw materials used to manufacture the product; how it was made (including energy and water consumption); transportation of the product and it’s end of life (can it be reused, is it biodegradable or recycled).   It must be noted however, though non-woven wallpaper is biodegradable, if a wallpaper paste containing chemicals is used to install it, this will have a negative effect on the wallpaper’s lifecycle.

Another environmental point to consider when selecting a non-woven wallpaper, relates to the types of inks used in printing the designs.  Many manufacturers now use water-based inks, but this may not be the case for all non-woven wallpapers. Non-water-based inks likely contain chemicals.  

What’s the difference between the original non-woven and its new edition?

It is true that generally, wallpapers containing synthetic fibres scores well for durability; it can be cleaned using a damp sponge.  New eco-friendly and biodegradable wallpaper needs to be treated the same as a fabric wallpaper when it comes to cleaning.  This is cleaned using a vacuum cleaner.  The look and feel of the two types of non-woven wallpaper are different.  The new eco-friendly non-woven wallpaper looks and feels like the traditional paper that was used before synthetic materials were introduced; it has a real vintage look to it.  In comparison, the original non-woven has a glossier/smoother look.   It is always good to order samples prior to purchasing a wallpaper.  

Installation is the same for both types of non-woven wallpaper.  This comprises pasting the wall then applying the wallpaper directly onto the pasted wall.  I recommend using a chemical free natural wallpaper paste, such as Auro’s and Earthborn Paints.  If you are feeling even more creative you can make your own wallpaper paste. 

To Conclude

Non-woven wallpaper has taken the wallpaper industry to another level since its introduction in 2000’s.  What makes this type of wallpaper even better is the introduction of its new eco-friendly and biodegradable line.  Yes, there are advantages and disadvantages to the two types of non-woven wallpaper, but noting the worldwide move to more sustainable and regenerative processes and materials, biodegradable papers are more superior.  


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