Below, you will find a list of the materials that are used in our collections.
Peace Silk, unlike conventional silk, is produced in a peaceful manner from already hatched cocoons without killing the pupae inside. The top of the cocoon is softly cut, which allows the moths to escape and complete their life cycle in nature. As a fabric, peace silk is also incredibly durable and strong. This type of production of silk can save the lives of many beautiful silk moths.
- Requires only 1/4 of the water needed for degumming compared to conventional silk
- No hard-metal chemicals or pesticides related to killing germs or removing impurities are required in the growing and production processes
- Produces zero percent waste and has very low water footprint
- As silk is a natural material, it is also considered biodegradable
Linen is made from flax fibres, which is derived from the flax plant. These fibres are spun into yarn and then woven into sheets of sturdy fabric. Linen is known for being one of the most sustainable materials. It is:
- uses almost no water;
- thermo-regulating; and
- emits only ¼ of the carbon per pound of fibre cotton emits
Our linen is purchased exclusively from European suppliers, in Belgium, Lithuania, and the Netherlands.
Belgian Linen™ is widely recognised as the world's finest linen, considered the Champagne of Linens. Artisans in Belgium have been working with flax for centuries, passing down their skills and expertise from generation to generation. For a company to qualify to be certified as a Belgian Linen™ supplier, at least 85% of the weight of the fabric it offers has to come from flax that is grown in the EU and the linen has to have been woven in Belgium. We source the Belgian Linen™ that is used in our collections from one of the largest linen weaving mills in Europe, that has been operating since the 19th century. Sustainability is part of the company's DNA it:
- is Oeko-Tex 100 certified;
- has been carbon neutral since 2014;
- has zero waste production since 2016;
- is powered mainly by renewable solar energy
Lyocell (also known as Tencel™) is forged from renewable wood pulp, usually eucalyptus trees. Eucalyptus trees are fast-growing, don't need pesticides, and mainly grown on land that is unsuitable for food. The main ingredient in lyocell is cellulose, which is obtained from the pulp of hardwood trees. The pulp is treated in what is known as a closed-loop process in which these solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%. The remaining emissions are decomposed in biological purification plants.
Facts about Lyocell:
- In production, lyocell requires less energy, fewer dyes, and 80% less water than conventional cotton
- As a plant-derived fibre, lyocell is also biodegradable and compostable
- The chemicals used to produce lyocell fibres are nontoxic
- Because of the nature of the material, the processing never requires bleach
Lyocell is an extremely versatile fabric that, depending on the length of the fibre chosen in production, can result in varying thickness and texture. From a cottony feel to a silky one, the fabric adapts to a wide range of clothing types, from activewear to flowy dresses.
Cupro is a delicate “regenerated cellulose” fabric made from waste the cotton industry leaves behind. It is produced using the tiny silky cotton fibres, known as linter, that stick out of the cottonseed and are too small to spin. It is made in a closed loop, like lyocell, which means that the chemicals used can be extracted afterwards and the water can be reused.
- As a plant-derived fibre, it is also biodegradable
- It can be washed in water (either machine-washed or hand-washed)
- It is a breathable, light fabric
- It is also referred to as ‘ammonia silk’ and ‘cuprammonium rayon’
We only use GOTS-certified organic cotton. The cotton is produced while maintaining the health of the soil, ecosystems, and people involved by utilising natural processes instead of artificial inputs. Organic cotton is proven to cause less environmental damage than conventional cotton:
- 46% reduced global warming potential;
- 70% less acidification potential;
- 26% reduced eutrophication potential (soil erosion);
- 91% reduced blue water consumption; and
- 62% reduced primary energy demand
There are also no chemicals used in the growth of organic cotton. If organic cotton is ever treated with anything, it is a gentle environmental dye or a colourant that is natural, like clay. Compared to conventional cotton, it is also softer and hypoallergenic.
More on GOTS: https://global-standard.org/
FASTENING & LABELS
All of the zippers used in our collections are GRS-certified from trusted Chinese suppliers.
The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is a voluntary product standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled materials in a final product. The standard applies to the full supply chain and addresses traceability, environmental principles, social requirements, chemical content, and labelling.
More on GRS: https://certifications.controlunion.com/en/certification-programs/certification-programs/grs-global-recycle-standard
All of the buttons used in our collections are made in an eco-friendly manner and purchased from a trusted German manufacturer, most of them being GOTS-certified.
Threads & Labels
Recycled polyester was chosen for the brand and care labels, as well as the threads, for its durability.