Tencel® (Lyocell) is a natural fibre derived from dissolving wood pulp cellulose from the eucalyptus tree. Tencel® is soft and smooth on skin, breathable, naturally wrinkle-resistant and most importantly - environmentally sustainable. Tencel® is manufactured in a "closed loop" process using a non-toxic solvent - about 99% of the solvent is recovered and recycled, what is not is broken down in water treatment plants. This process uses just 1% of the total amount of water required to manufacture conventional cotton. No manufacturing process is 100% environmentally sustainable; however, just as nothing is perfect, we can still make a difference in our choices.
Certified Organic Cotton
Organic Cotton is not only soft and comfortable to wear but also great for the environment. It is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment and without chemicals and without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides or defoliants. By reducing the amount of chemicals placed into the earth, we are decreasing pollution in the air and earth. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production.
Rayon from Bamboo
Bamboo is a sustainable resource. Rayon from bamboo is highly water absorbent and soft to touch. This creates the ability for easy wicking and is comfortable against the skin, leaving you cooler and drier than synthetics or cotton. The smooth texture and natural luster leads to an excellent draping ability that is similar to silk but more practical since it is machine washable. The bamboo plant itself grows quickly and does not require the use of pesticides and herbicides to thrive. As a result, little irrigation is required and the quality of soil is improved. There is little ground water pollution associated with it growth.
Hemp production is one of the easiest to achieve since it requires no pesticides or herbicides. Hemp requires little irrigation since it is able to nurture itself with deep subsoil moisture. Hemp grows very quickly and produces a textile that is strong, lustrous and mildew resistant. In addition hemp is able to better serve clothing needs by providing garments that block the sun's UV rays, become softer with use and are machine washable.
Mud Silk is silk that is dyed in a very unique and organic way. Once the silk fabric is ready to be finished, it is dyed with natural resources such as root, grass and vegetable/berry juices to achieve its colour. It is then washed several times with ironbearing mud, a process that takes four weeks. The fabric is then laid out on the ground for a week where light rays from the sun and moon set the dye.
Modal® is a natural fibre derived from spinning wood pulp cellulose from beech trees. It is a type of rayon that is soft on skin, breathable as well as environmentally sustainable. Like Tencel®, Modal® is manufactured in a "closed loop" process using a non-toxic solvent – about 99% of the solvent is recovered and recycled.
Recycled Polyester is a woven fabric that is made from recycled PET plastic. Fabric manufacturers buy bales of recycled bottles from vendors or from municipal recycling projects instead of purchasing virgin materials. Making polyester fabric from recycled PET bottles is a significant means to reducing the amount of plastic that is otherwise buried in landfills. One manufacturer estimates that for every meter of polyester fabric made of 80% recycled PET; eight plastic beverage bottles are kept out of landfills. The energy used to make polyester from recycled PET bottles is also significantly less than that needed to heat the chemicals for virgin polyester.