Our #1 priority is environmental responsibility. Though no fabric is completely impact-free, we do our research and only choose fabrics that are vegan, on the leading edge of innovative sustainability (meaning avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance), and dyed with low-impact dyes to conserve water. This often means our fabrics take a long time to find and are more expensive. But it's a priority we're sticking to.
As 80% of the environmental strain of fabric occurs at home after the garment has been purchased, we recommend washing as little as possible, washing on cold, and hanging to dry whenever possible.
CUPRO: Our Cupro is sourced from the Asahi-Kasei mill in Japan. The mill strives to be zero waste and recycles nearly all of its waste water. Cupro is made from the part of the cotton plant that is normally discarded and is considered an eco-friendly fiber. Our Cupro is also dyed with low-impact dyes which use less water than traditional methods of dyeing.
LINEN/COTTON BLEND (BOTH ORGANIC + NON-ORGANIC): Our linen / cotton blends (including the organic linen/cotton in black + white, and the ivory striped cotton/linen) available for our all of our garments, are thick, sturdy, and high-quality. Linen is one of the strongest fibers out there and has been used to make fabric for thousands of years. When blended with cotton, it's wonderfully soft -- and a little wrinkly, but not as much as 100% linen. The organic status means that neither the flax nor cotton fields were sprayed with pesticide or herbicide.
HEMP ORGANIC COTTON DENIM: Our hemp denim is mid-weight (6.2 oz) and a beautiful deep indigo shade. This fabric is a bit soft and drapey instead of rigid, which you might expect from a denim. Hemp is an incredible eco-friendly material and is the first plant ever to be used for textiles thousands of years ago. It requires no pesticides or herbicides. Hemp is also the most durable of all natural fibers and gets softer with use but retains its shape. Please note that due to the natural dyeing, some variations of color may appear in the fabric, but we think this adds to it's uniqueness.
TENCEL: Tencel is the trademarked name of a fabric known as Lyocell. While there are many forms of Lyocell, Tencel specifically is produced at the Lenzing mill in Austria, which carries the Oeko Tex 100 certification, indicating it contains no harmful substances. Tencel is made from eucalyptus trees grown on farms -- no old growth forests are harvested, and no pesticides are used. The solvents and chemicals used in processing are considered non-toxic and are 99.5% recycled.
RAYON / LINEN: Our rayon is produced from reconstituted Tencel and Modal Fibers, and when blended with linen makes for an exquisitely soft + strong mid-weight fabric. This fabric is dyed with low impact dyes and is sourced from Japan.
MODAL: Modal is produced from reconstituted pulp from sustainably-harvested beech trees, making it a great eco-friendly fabric option. It is 50% more water absorbent than cotton, resistant to shrinking and pilling, wonderfully soft, and easy to care for.