ECO Fabrics

An Environmentally Responsible Purchase

We use many EcoFabrics including Organic Cotton, Hemp, Linen and Bamboo but our main fabric is Lyocell by Tencel, derived from Eucalyptus trees.  There are so many things to love about this product, but let’s discuss the most important. Not only is fabric, made with Lyocell incredibly useful and beautiful, but it is arguably one of the most eco-friendly fibres on the market...

Let's look at the facts

     The solvents used in the production process are non-toxic, and are able to be re-used again and again due to a technique called ‘closed loop’ spinning. This eliminates dumping of waste by 98%.  

      The eucalyptus trees that are harvested for the fibre are grown on sustainable farms. In addition, eucalyptus trees are fast growing, and require no toxic pesticides and little water to thrive.  The fibre itself is completely biodegradable, making it far safer to dispose of than most other common fabrics.  

     While the textile does use traditional dyes, its impressive absorbency allows companies to use less dye to achieve the desired effect. Meaning less waste and more cost efficient.  

     Last, but not least, there is no need to bleach this fibre before dying due to its pure white colour at production.  

     With more and more studies showing the impact that manufacturing is having on our world, it is great to see an exciting option become available.  Designers choose their fabrics for a multitude of reasons, but one we should start considering is the sustainability of that fabric. Products such as Lyocell, are an inspiring step into the future of a more environmentally conscious industry. This is why I am so excited to offer Lyocell products to my customers in my own shop.

Organic Cotton

Starting from untreated, natural seeds, organic cotton is grown without synthetic fertilizers. Organic cotton crop rotation and composting maintain the health of naturally moist soil by creating a biodiverse, balanced ecosystem.  As a result, organic cotton plants are more resistant to pests and disease and therefore eliminating the need for the use pesticides which are often suspected to be carcinogenic or neurotoxic.

As a result of the cleaner growing process, farm workers are afforded a healthier work environment and the resulting uncontaminated plant waste can be used for other purposes - feed for livestock, oil production, etc.

Hemp

Hemp textiles are made from industrial 'cannibus sativa' fibers.  Hemp plants grow very quickly, without the use of chemical herbicides or pesticides and produce high yield commercial crops which optimize both land use and available resources.  Hemp also returns a significant amount of the nutrients it takes from the soil leaving it rich and ready for new crops.

Exceptional tensile strength, naturally hypo-allergenic, offering UV protection and with the ability to help with thermo-regulation, hemp textiles are multipurpose and multi-functional.  

Certified Fabrics

We use STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified fabrics.  The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing & certification system that tests for harmful substances used during all stages of production (raw materials, intermediate, and end product).

This includes testing for illegal substances, legally regulated substances, known harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicals, and other parameters for health care. It provides manufacturers with a uniform benchmark when evaluating harmful substances potentially used in the production process.

Extensive product checks and regular company audits also ensure that the industry has a globally sustainable awareness of the responsible use of chemicals.

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