We believe the materials we choose to use is one of the biggest impacts we can have. We carefully select our textiles with comfort, quality, and impact in mind. We use natural fibers, deadstock fabric, and recycled materials.
What we DO use
These fabrics have already been produced by a textile mill, but remain unsold. There’s a number of reasons beautiful fabric is sitting unused. It could be that a mill produced too much or that a designer rejected the dye lot. We prioritize using materials that already exist over creating something new. We may not be able to trace it back to its origin as we could with a custom textile, but can guarantee we will always seek high quality natural fibers.
We’ll always prioritize natural fibers. There’s many reasons, but it really comes down to biodegradable versus non-biodegradable. We all know by now that plastic doesn’t leave this earth and it continues to pollute waterways with microplastics.
Wool is a natural animal fiber usually referring to sheep. It is made of keratin, the same protein as human hair and grows the same. It’s renewable, biodegradable, and part of the natural carbon cycle. Wool is naturally odour and stain resistant meaning it can be washed less frequently. Wool renews itself best in fresh air and when washed in short low temperature cycles so you can reduce the impacts of laundry.
Silk is a natural protein fiber produced by the larvae of a moth. It is the only natural filament fiber — a filament is a long fiber and is often manufactured. Long fibers yield smooth, strong, fabrics. That’s why a filament fiber is valued in textiles, and silk remains among the best. Silk is one of the oldest textiles originating in China and contributed to the beginning of trade. It’s renewable and biodegradable. While the production process may use more energy and water than some of the other natural fibers, it remains one of the most luxurious natural fibers.
Cotton is a natural seed fiber derived from the cotton plant. it’s the most common fiber used today after Polyester. It’s renewable and biodegradable. Conventional cotton uses chemicals and pesticides, and because cotton requires a lot of water in growing and processing, the damage to the soil and water can be extensive. We use GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified cotton. This means the cotton is not genetically modified and produced without the use of harmful synthetic chemicals.
Flax is another one of the oldest fibers known to be used by humans dating back to 8000 BCE.
Flax isn’t a ‘thirsty’ crop meaning it requires much less water than cotton for example, and is fast growing. Linen is known to be hypo-allergenic and anti-bacterial. It’s naturally thermo regulating helping to keep you cool during warm weather or warm in cool weather. Less that 1% of linen is grown organically.
What we DON'T use
Conventional cotton uses chemicals, pesticides, insecticides. Because cotton requires a lot of water in growing and processing, the damage to the soil and water can be extensive. Growers use more than 10% of the world’s pesticides and nearly 25% of the insecticides. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate. Organophosphate is a neurotoxin the German military developed in World War II. This insecticide is one of the most widely used in the U.S. Exposure can be direct or indirect and the impact is a domino effect that have long term consequences on our health and environment.
Polyester is an oil derived synthetic, making it non-renewable, and is known to contribute to the microplastics found in our waterways. The clothing and textile industry is responsible for 35% of the microplastics making it one of the biggest offenders. It can take between 20 and 200 years for polyester to decompose. The bottom line is the plastics we create today will outlive us. It doesn’t breath the way a natural fiber does. Still polyester can have some benefits - it’s durable and lightweight. Recycled polyester requires significantly less energy to produce and creates significantly less environmental pollution than virgin polyester. We may use it sparingly, and when we do it will be recycled.