The Fabrics We Use
Hemp is one of the most Eco friendly fibres in the world. Hemp is naturally resistant to pests, crowds out weeds without herbicides, controls erosion of topsoil, and produces oxygen. Hemp is a renewable resource, cultivated in as little as 100 days. Like Linen, the entire plant can be utilized.
Hemp is a hypo-allergenic material, non- irritating to the skin. It has UV resistant properties and is a great fabric for hot weather due to its breathability. Hemp softens up over time and with multiple washes becoming a more desirable garment the more you wear it.
Linen is a textile made from the fibres of the flax plant. It requires very little fertilizer to grow and can be grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides. The entire plant can be used in a multitude of different ways making it a very versatile crop.
Linens is a highly absorbent material able to gain up to 20% moisture without feeling wet. It quickly removes perspiration from the skin leaving the wearer cool and comfortable in hot weather. Linen is among the strongest vegetable fibre which becomes softer the more you wash and wear it. Often blended with other fabrics to reduce wrinkles and add desirable characteristics.
Merino Wool is collected from the Merino breed of sheep prized for the finest and softest wool. Merino is excellent at regulating body temperature, especially when worn against the skin. It is used mostly as a base layer providing some warmth without overheating. Merino wool also has antibacterial properties as well as the ability to absorb moisture while retaining heat.
Modal is made from the pure wooden chips of the beach tree. The fibre is processed by creating a wood pulp, then processing the reconstituted beech tree into a cellulose fibre. Modals Eco properties are as follows, all timber is collected from sustainably managed forests, the manufacturer of Modal has a sustainability policy in place for their manufacturing process and the fabric is 100% biodegradable.
Organic Cotton or natural cotton is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Organic agriculture (food or fibre) protects the health of the people and the plant by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals which can end up in the ground, water, air and food supply where the crop is being grown. Organic Cotton also uses crop rotation methods, hand weeding and cover crops methods to ensure healthy growth. To be classified as an organic crop, it must be grown in soil that has been free of prohibited substances for at least three years prior to harvest.
Tencel is made from the wood pulp of the eucalyptus tree grown in sustainably managed tree farms. Tencel or Lyocell is created through the use of nanotechnology in an award-winning closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes about 98% of solvents and emissions. This fabric is naturally breathable and carries anti-bacterial properties. Tencel is an extremely versatile fabric which can be blended with a variety of other fibres such as cotton, linen, silk, rayon, polyester, nylon and wool. The resulting yarn can be woven or knitted into a variety of finishes from silky to suede-like textures.
Bamboo is a sustainable, fast-growing grass. The bamboo plant regenerates from its own roots and requires no fertilizer to grow in abundance, making this a sustainable resource.
Bamboo fabric is produced from a natural fibre, the bamboo plant. In order to create the textile from the bamboo fibre, the stalk is steemed to extract the interior soft pith and leaves. Once the bamboo pulp is reduced to a liquid it can be pressed through a nozzle into threads that can be spun into yarn and turned into eco-textiles.