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Garment Guide

Our Garment Guide is an overview of our used materials to create our garments. Some of the materials we use solely, some of them we have combined together for the perfect mix of materials. Our mission to reduce carbon emissions while creating high quality garments begins in the right choice of fibers and materials. In this guide we'll show you the difference between using traditional fibers and the sustainable option for the same fiber. We always choose the most sustainable and environmental-friendly option when we create our clothes.

 

Cotton

Cotton is a natural and vegetable fiber that comes from the fluff of the cotton plant. The highest quality cotton, such as Pima and Egyptian cotton, is produced from the longest fibres. Cotton can absorb 20% moisture without feeling damp, but once wet it dries slowly. Denim, velvet, and corduroy are also made of cotton.

Advantages: easy to keep warm, soft fit, moisture absorption, breathability, heat resistance, easy to clean and hygienic, can be garment dyed.

Disadvantages: easier to shrink, easier to wrinkle, slowly dries when wet.

Wash/care advice:


- Wash on 30*C max
- Do not bleach
- Can be tumble dried / ironed on low temperature (inside out)
- Can be dry cleaned
- Wash with regular detergents
- Shrinks an average of 4% with the first wash (can be prevented by cold hand washing)
 

Organic Cotton

If you want to be sure that what you are buying is grown in a truly sustainable environment, certified organic cotton is your best option by far. Organic cotton is made without toxic substances and polluting pesticides, and it’s also grown in healthier soil. Because of this, textiles made from organic cotton are generally much better quality. 

Another big difference between regular and organic cotton is what happens after it’s grown. It’s pesticide free, pigment free, bleach free, and hypoallergenic. This makes organic cotton a wise choice for people with chemical sensitivity or allergies, because it’s less likely to cause flare ups or a nasty skin reaction. 

Did you know it can take up to 2500 litres of water to make one t-shirt from regular cotton? Luckily, organic cotton doesn’t have such a requirement, it actually uses 88% less than regular cotton! Because organic cotton comes from an organic farm, the soil used acts like a sponge, soaking up water during floods and saving water for when there isn’t quite as much rainfall. Synthetic pesticides and fertilisers are banned in organic farming, so drinking water, lakes and rivers are kept cleaner too.

 

Viscose

Viscose is an artificial fiber. The raw material comes from wood pulp and cotton linters. Because viscose is made from cellulose, it has many similarities with cotton: it feels pleasant and soft, is comfortable to wear, falls naturally and is easy to dye in (bright) colors. Compared to cotton, the material is less strong; like any cellulosic fiber, it wrinkles quickly and absorbs more moisture than cotton. The quality of viscose yarn can be determined during the production process to go for a higher or lower quality.

Advantages: soft feel, comfortable to wear, can be garment dyed, luxurious outlook, folds easy.

Disadvantages: less strong than cotton, easy to shrink and wrinkle, the making of this artificial fiber is not as sustainable as the making of natural fibers.

Wash/care advice:

- Wash on 40*C max
- Do not bleach
- Can be tumble dried / ironed on low temperature (inside out)
- Do not dry clean
- Wash with regular detergents

EcoVero / LENZING

The sustainable variant of the viscose fiber. Compared to the production of normal viscose, EcoVero produces 50 percent less emissions and uses half the energy and water. In addition, bleaching the pulp is 100 percent chlorine-free. The water used in this process of making is fully 'cleaned up' before returning it to nature.

Derived from certified renewable wood sources using an eco-responsible production process by meeting high environmental standards, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibers tailor to a sustainable lifestyle, contributing to a cleaner environment.

 

Polyester

Polyester is a man-made synthetic fiber that was developed in the early 1950s. It is now the most used material worldwide after cotton. Polyester is a strong fiber and very resistant to wear and wrinkles, absorbs oil but not moisture and dries quickly. Polyester melts at high temperatures so it is important to keep the fabric away from open flames.

Advantages: wrinkle resistant, quick to dry, strong, resistant to wear and creases, does not shrink, immune to fungus, sunlight and insects.

Disadvantages: synthetic fiber, not absorbent to moisture, melts at high temperatures.

Wash/care advice:

 

- Handwash or at low temperatures
- Do not bleach
- Do not tumble dry / iron
- Do not dry clean
- Wash with regular detergents

 

Recycled polyester (RPET)

RPET stands for Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, also known as Recycled Polyester. It’s made from recycled plastic (PET) bottles. Every day millions of plastic bottles are being thrown away, meanwhile those bottles can actually be a viable, eco-friendly and sustainable resource. We are exhausting and polluting our planet, and that is exactly why we need to be more responsible and take care of our home. We need to rethink how we use our valuable resources. 

How do they do it?
Water bottles are collected and brought to a recycling facility. 

  • A flotation and separation process removes the caps and labels from the bottles, as they are made of plastics with different characteristics. Plastic bottles are then processed into flakes.
  • After being washed the flakes are melted.
  • Yarns are pulled from the melted polyester.
  • The result is a clean, valuable, and recycled raw material perfect for the textile industry.
  • The raw filament yarns are spun into yarn and ultimately woven into variety of different fabrics.

Using RPET instead of regular polyester we save:

  • 70% less Energy
  • 86% less Water
  • 75% less CO2

 

Elastane

Elastane is also known as Lycra. is always used in combination with other yarns, so that the textile obtains a high extensibility and elasticity. An ideal fit is often guaranteed with elastane. As a synthetic polymer, Elastane is contains at least 85% polyurethane. The fibre can be stretched to some degree and comes back to its shape when released. Elastane fibers are strong, versatile and lighter than rubber which makes them superior. Elastane is used where a high degree of permanent elasticity is required, as in tights, sportswear, swimwear and in woven and knitted fabrics. Adding elastane (just for couple of percent) makes fabrics more comfortable to wear.

Advantages: very elastic (can stretch and reshape 6 to 8 times their own length), can be easily washed and garment dyed, soft, lightweight and abrasion resistant.

Disadvantages: elastane is primarily a synthetic and artificial material made in a laboratory environment, therefore it cannot be called sustainable. 

Wash/care advice: depends on the fabric mix that is used.

 

Econyl

Econyl is a form of nylon that is made entirely from waste products. It is made from a range of post-consumer waste including abandoned fishing nets, carpets, and rigid textiles and aims to be a green alternative to the original product which is made from a derivative of oil. Econyl is an environmentally friendly and sustainable fiber as it's based on nylon waste materials that are melted down, regenerated, and restored into polymers without the use of chemicals. Econyl has received Standard 100 certification from OEKO-TEX.

 

To be sure that the fabric you use is sustainable, certificates are issued for certain types of fabric. You may expect these certifications to have a purely environmental focus but in fact most certifications in this category actually take a relatively broad scope, incorporating social, economic development and labour rights issues into their standards as well as environmental. Here an overview of the certificates we look for when selecting our fabrics:

 

Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS)
 
GOTS focuses on tracing certified organic fibres (mainly cotton, but also certified wool and silk) through the supply chain from the farm gate to the final supplier. GOTS has a broad scope covering both environmental and social issues in textile supply chains.

Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

The Better Cotton Initative is a member-based organisation made up of major cotton consumers in the textile sector and is the most commonly used cotton scheme. BCI is based around the promotion and implementation of core production standards drawing on widely used sustainability, social justice and economic development principles and applied supply chain management.  

OEKO-TEX 100

The International Oeko-Tex Association has been testing for harmful substances since 1992. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a global uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production that gives the customer the confidence that there is no harmful chemical residue in the end garment. It also has the more holistic Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 which is a testing, auditing and certification system for environmentally friendly production sites throughout the textile processing chain.

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