Since day one, choosing the right sustainable textiles has always been an integral part of our design process.
We use organic textiles, such as organic cotton, hemp and linen, that has been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard.
This certification ensures that the fabric has been grown, spun, woven and dyed without the use of harmful chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides or dyes. This is important to us, because the chemicals and herbicides used on conventional cotton, hemp and linen can be extremely harmful to the workers who are a part of each stage of the fabric’s production. So by using GOTS-certified organic materials, we can ensure that each person who was a part of making this fabric was working in a safe, non-toxic environment.
Tencel is a fabric that is made from wood pulp. The wood chips are processed, spun and woven into fabric, and while there are some solvents used to turn the pulp into yarn, it is made in a closed loop process where the treated water keeps being reused.
Tencel uses less water and energy than cotton, and is 100% biodegradable. It is also gentle on the skin with its ultra soft feel and is more breathable can linen or cotton. Read more about it here.
The bamboo plant is a very fast growing plant, does not require fertilizer and self-generates from its own roots. In this manner, it can be a very sustainable plant to grow if done so in a responsible way.
The most common practice of turning bamboo into yarn is through a chemical process that dissolves/melts the raw material into a filament fibre yarn (continuous fibre). Depending on the supplier, the leftover chemicals can be reused, resulting in a closed loop process. However, many suppliers dispose of these chemicals into waterways.
Because of this, all of the bamboo materials we use are either leftover deadstock or purchased by a closed loop mill.
Learn more about bamboo fabric production here.
Hemp material has been used for thousands of years for clothing, rope, sails, etc. Hemp often does not require any herbicides or pesticides and returns up to 70% of the nutrients retrieved from the soil.
In comparison to conventional cotton, it uses 50% less water and it produces almost double the fibre yield per hectare than cotton.
When the plant is converted to fibre, it's important to ensure that the dyes used are environmentally safe. We opt for GOTS-certified hemp when used in our collections.
Learn more about Hemp fabric production here.
Repreve® is a leading fibre technology creating high performance recycled polyester made from recycled materials such as plastic water bottles. By choosing recycled polyester over virgin polyester, you are reducing the use of petroleum while also cleaning up plastic bottle litter. To date, UNIFI (owner of REPREVE®) has recycled over 25 billion plastic bottles.
We recommend washing all recycled polyerster pieces inside a washing bag, such as the Guppy Friend.
Learn more about Enviro REPREVE® fabrics here.
Toxic-free fashion refers to the process in which the material is made. When we use toxic-free fabrics, they have been certified by the Oeko-tex Standard 100, are enzyme-washed or eco-certified. All of which ensures the fabrics do not have harmful chemicals in the dyes or fertilizers that may have been used to make the fabrics.
Learn more about the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification here.
Pre-consumer waste refers to any fabrics that are unused and leftover after being cut out for production. This can be from excess fabric leftover after cutting, wrongly cut pieces and unused fabric. Our pre-consumer waste comes from other designers, companies, students and home sewers. While some of these fabrics are not classified as "sustainably made," we are keeping them from being dumped into landfills.
Many large manufacturers have been known to throw out their excess fabrics into nearby landfills. A majority of these fabrics are man-made synthetics, which are meant to NEVER decompose. So by throwing them into landfills, they sit there for the rest of their lives and emit CO2 into the air. We partner with local jobbers, such as FABCYCLE, to purchase these fabrics.