NATURAL & RECYCLED FABRICS
WE ONLY USE FABRICS WITH NATURAL OR RECYCLED ORIGINE
Are you one of the many people who find it difficult to know how to choose which materials to buy? Which is the more eco-friendly fabric? Don't worry any longer! We want to help our customers to make informed decisions and spread knowledge about sustainable materials, therefore we have put together a small guide to the textile world. Below you can read about what differs between synthetic and natural fabrics.
Natural fabric has its origin in fibers from the plant or animal kingdom and has not been transformed chemically. Production and sales often takes place in poor and underdeveloped countries and thereby contributes to improve the economic development for poor people and create job opportunities. The working conditions differ alot between producers and there are certification systems that guarantee that certain criterias is attained.
Generally, natural fiber is more environmental friendly than artificial, but there are large differencies within the groups. Linnen, hamp and bambu are for example more environmental friendly than cotton. Hamp is especially environmental friendly. Therefore non eco-labeled hamp is likely to be a more environmental friendly choice than certified cotton.
Exampel of natural fibers:Hamp, Bambu Cotton Linnen, Wool, Silk, Alpaca wool (especially good for allergists), Angora wool & Kashmir.
Fabrics which we call "semi-natural" is made from artificial fibers. Unlike the artificial "syntetic" they have a natural renewable origine and are more eco-friendly than synthetic fibers.
These fibers are extracted from natural materials, often fir, bambu or other trees. Viscose are extracted from bambu but due to large amount of hazardous chemicals viscose is a less environmental friendly alternative than other fabrics in this group. Lyocell, on the other hand, are also extracted from bambu but under a significantly more environmental friendly process. Cupro are produced from cotton residues.
Examples of semi-natural fabrics: ViscoseLyocell (Same as Tencel, which is allways produced from FSC-certified fibers), Cupro & Modal.
Syntetic fiber often has its origin from petroleum, a fossile non-renewable recourse. It's manufactured chemically into forms of plastics. Large amounts of dissolving agents and other chemicals, hazardous for both humans and environment, are used in the production process. When these fabrics are washed microplastics will be released into the water and cannot be removed by sewage plants. These microplastics will affect the fishes survival ability and the whole marin life. Fleece is the worst fabric to release microplastics.
However, synthetic fibers can also be made from recycled synthetic fibers which reduce the preassure on the planets recources and climate warming.
Examples of syntetic fabric: Acrylic, Polyester, Fleece, Elastan/Lycra.
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Hamp is especially environmental friendly. Therefore non eco-labeled hamp is likely to be a more environmental friendly choice than certified cotton.
Linnen comes from the plan Flax. It is almost as environmental friendly as hamp.
Cotton use more fertilizer, peticides and irrigation than linnen and hamp, which make it a less eco-friendly alternative. However, compared to synthetic fibers it is till a better option.
Cotton residues are used to produce Cupro.
The environmental impact from wool depends on the origine and how it is washed and treated..
Bamboo is an environmental friendly alternative, however, depending on the cultivation practices it can be a good or a very good alternative.
Bamboo is also used to produce Viscos ans Lyocel/Tencel, where lyocel/Tencel being the better option due to less use of chemicals in production.
Silk is produced by the silk worm when spinning the cocoon, where naturally the larve develops to a butterfly.