The UN/IFRC Woven Flexible Tarpaulin is a 4 x 6 m (60 m for multiple use) woven plastic tarp, used as a temporary reliable shelter or personal protection.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
This product is mass-produced in Dubai by NRS Relief following the ICRC/IFRC/MSF/Oxfam Standards
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Users can obtain a quote of the product from NRS Relief
Distributions to Date Status
The company produces and distributes Woven Flexible Tarpaulin since the decade of 1980, and there is not a registry of how many of this product have been distributed so far. However, the manufacturer estimated that around 100,000 were distributed in the last years Interview with manufacturer
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Footprint area (m²)
Internal volume (m³)
Woven high density polyethylene (HDPE) black fibers fabric coated on both sides with low density polyethylene (LDPE) coating.
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- ICRC/IFRC/MSF/Oxfam Standard
- High density polyethylene black fibers.
- Laminated on both sides with low density polyethylene coating
- Reinforced with 6 bands of 7.5 cm width with woven black HDPE fibers and coated outside
- Water, rot, and soil fauna resistant
- Temperature resistant from -20° to +80°C
- Flammability flash point over 200°C
There is no technical support provided and users are expected to maintain the product on their own.
The Red Cross estimates a life span of 2 years minimum in the strongest tropical condition. The material can be used as second hand raw materials when they are no longer fit for a shelter. Many secondary usages have been observed, such as bags for recycled waste collection, car tarpaulins, raincoats, personal bags, etc.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Vetted Performance Status
Complementary Technical Systems
The woven flexible tarpaulin system is intended to drape/stretch over an erected structure - one built by the associated relief organization or the user.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
The manufacturer's technical specifications report that the product complies with different standards for tensile strength, tear strength, UV resistance and fire risk.
Suggested uses for woven tarpaulins by the IRFC.