We carefully select each fabric that we use by considering quality, texture, ‘handfeel’ and of course the environmental impact of their production. Here is a list of the fabrics that we currently use and why we have chosen them.
Viscose Rayon is made from wood pulp, which is a naturally occurring, cellulose-based, renewable material. It has a silk-like aesthetic, which makes it breathable, comfortable to wear and soft on the skin. It has a superb drape and feel and is also the most absorbent of all cellulose fibers, allowing it to absorb perspiration and making it an excellent summer fabric.
Because viscose is made from renewable cellulose, it is considered to be more sustainable than other synthetic fibers such as polyester. It is most often manufactured using a Lyocell process, which produces little waste product thus making it far more environmentally friendly.
Rayon fabrics should be hand washed in cold water with a mild detergent and have only up to 1cm shrinkage over time.
Linen is a textile made from the fibers of the flax plant. This fiber is known for being strong and highly absorbent thus making garments made out of linen valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Because of its natural fiber, Linen is considered safe for all skin types and is even suggested as a fabric choice for people with sensitive skin as its natural properties make it resistant to allergies.
The flax plant, from which Linen is made, not only uses far less water in its consumption than cotton but it is also highly versatile ensuring that every part of the plant can be used to create a worthwhile product. Along with this reduction in waste, when untreated, Linen is fully biodegradable thus causing no harm to the earth when disposed of.
Linen fabrics can be dry cleaned, machine-washed or hand washed and have minimal shrinkage.
Cotton is a soft, fluffy natural cellulose fiber that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of cotton plants. It is soothing, safe and highly versatile- keeping the body cool and absorbing sweat easily in summer whilst providing warmth and comfort in winter.
Whilst synthetic fibers like polyester go through a long and complicated process before reaching the consumer, ultimately polluting the environment to a great extent, cotton goes through a more simple process thus lessening the impact on the environment. Additionally, the cotton plant is considered to have a shorter renewable lifecycle of 8-9 months as opposed to other plants like Rayon, which take 15-20 years to grow.
Cotton can be dry cleaned, machine washed or hand washed.
Tencel is a fabric made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp. Textiles of Tencel are considered to be more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. It has a smooth fiber surface, making it soft on the skin and readily able to absorb moisture and release it quickly. The fabric is less likely to crease and are easier to iron compared to cotton fabrics.
Tencel is similar to rayon and bamboo in that it is also regenerated, however Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics in that its fiber is economical in its use of energy and natural resources and its fully biodegradable.