Hemp; The King of all Natural Fibres
✓ does not require chemicals and pesticides to grow or process
✓ is the most durable and outlasting of all natural fibres
✓A hemp crop leaves the soil healthy for any other crop to produce well
✓It is fast growing and can produce up to 250% more fibre than cotton on the same amount of land
✓The working conditions ARE ETHICAL in China's industrial hemp industry, where most of the globe's hemp fibre is produced
✓ GMO seeds are NOT allowed in organic cotton farming
✓ Weeds are removed by hand and hoeing
✓ Uses natural predators for pest control
✓ Plants are defoliated with the seasonal freeze
✓ Soil fertility and biologically diversity is maintained
✓ There are minimal chemicals used to process and dye organic cotton fabric.
✓ Workers on organic cotton farms and processing factories are generally treated and paid with better social responsibility than of conventional farms.
We use some bamboo, and we aren't afraid to tell you the truth about it. Why? Because we don't want to greenwash you. As a plant, bamboo is an excellent renewable resource. To process bamboo into fabric though, it is less sustainable. Processing is similar to that of rayon, and generally requires heavy metals and chemicals including carbon disulphide. Thankfully, the bamboo we use is made with a closed-loop system and is Oeko-Tex Standard certified, as well as GOTS certified organic.
Is another luxury natural fibre, made from eucalyptus trees that we won't give a green label. Companies processing tencel began by harvesting old growth eucalyptus to make the fabric and now produce it off of eucalyptus tree farms- needing to clear more forests. Neither of these options are sustainable to us.
Fabrics in re-purposed designs vary and may include recycled leathers.
When something is sweet that could be sweeter and loved again, it counts!
Hemp, organic cotton and linen will always be the front line fabrics in our label. Wood pulp fibres do have a lustre to them that customers want, so we may consider using them if they are blended with organic cotton and comply with the Oeko-tex Standard 100 label. We believe this is a balanced guideline that allows us more design freedom and versatality, without dropping the bar for ethical luxury. Currently, all our fabrics come from China, as China is the top producer of hemp in the world. Slowly, we are working on identifying each facility our fabrics are processed at and hope to plan a trip to visit them soon!
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