Fatboy uses natural and synthetic fabrics.
Natural fabrics are made from 100% natural yarns, like Stonewashed fabrics or the Pop of Color cotton collection. In general, natural fabrics are not suitable for outdoor use as they are sensitive to UV rays, water (salt or chlorine) and bleach. High quality outdoor materials must be stain, UV and mildew resistant. That's why the Fatboy outdoor products are made from 100% synthetic yarn and fiber materials. All of these materials are weather resistant and can be used outdoors.
But what makes one fabric different from another? To help you out, we've compiled a list of the main properties of all the different fibers.
Fatboy has been using nylon for its bean bag The Original for many years. Nylon is a strong synthetic material. It is wear-resistant, colorfast, and a special treatment makes it water resistant and stainproof. Nylon is easy to clean with some soap and water.
Cotton and Stonewashed
Fatboy often uses cotton fabrics for its indoor bean bags. A special finish is used to make them water and stain resistant so that they are easy to clean. This natural fabric is wear resistant, highly resistant to artificial and natural light, and reasonably UV resistant. Prolonged exposure to sunlight may cause some color fading.
Olefin is a synthetic material made of polypropylene fibers. The fibers are dyed with a special solution during the production process, making the fabric colorfast. The solution also contains UV blockers to make them UV-resistant. Olefin fibers can be recycled into new products many times and its strength makes it hugely wear-resistant. Olefin is waterproof and mold-resistant.
Fatboy's soft, shiny velvet fabric is made of synthetic polyester for indoor use. Velvet is exceptionally durable and retains its beautiful appearance for many years, making it perfect for heavy indoor use. The color change you see when you rub the fabric is one of its beautiful features. Velvet does not pilling or linting, the recycled version is even more durable. Velvet is easy to clean and maintain. A vacuum cleaner will do the trick with normal use. Stains can be removed with a damp cloth.
Teddy fabric is made of synthetic polyester and is wonderfully thick, warm and super soft. Teddy gives a plush look and feel that lasts for many years, making it very suitable for heavy indoor use. The fabric will not pilling or linting. Stains can be removed with a damp cloth. The Teddy fabric is only available on the Slim Teddy bean bag.
Polyester is a synthetic material and Fatboy only uses a robust and premium fabric. It doesn't crease and is easy to clean. The material also gets a special finish to make it water resistant and stainproof, and even more suitable for outdoor use. Prolonged exposure to sunlight may cause some color fading.
Fatboy uses recycled materials whenever possible. The Concrete Seat and Attackle, for example, are made from 100% recycled polyethylene. Sometimes, to achieve a really powerful combination, Fatboy mixes recycled materials with other materials. Bakkes, for example, includes 20% recycled LLDPE.