7 Eco-friendly Fabrics

From hemp to bamboo, these are the threads that do right by the earth…

Silk
First developed in ancient China, silk was so coveted that the emperors tried to keep the knowledge of silk production a secret. Silk is a natural, breathable, and warm fiber which is obtained from the cocoon of the silkworm and woven into an incredibly strong fabric.

Hemp
Hemp fabric is eco-friendly because it doesn’t require pesticides to grow, plus it’s incredibly durable and therefore wears extremely well. Designer Deborah Lindquist makes a great hemp pant.

Cashmere
A superior natural fiber unmatched by any synthetic fiber for its brilliant qualities of temperature control, fire resistance, stain resistance, endurance and much more. Wool stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter, repels moisture, and resists odors. A great design from nature!

Recycled fabrics
Recycled Fabric is a 100% Post Consumer recycled raw material that is revolutionary in its inception as well as its potential. The polyester fiber is made from recycled soda, water, and food containers. It can also be combined with other fibers for comfort, easy care and durability. Complete the cycle… buy recycled !

Organic cotton
Sometimes a fabric needs nothing more . . . but something less. Take the case of cotton—a natural fiber whose cultivation has, for the past sixty years, entailed a massive use of toxic chemicals. Organic cotton lets the earth bypass huge amounts of unnecessary chemicals and toxins (1/3 lb. of chemicals is required to produce 1 pound of cotton). By buying organic cotton, you can smile knowing that you are reducing the toxic effects of pesticides in the environment.

Tencel
Tencel heralds the beginning of a new age in fiber technology. Tencel is a pure and natural cellulose fiber derived from the renewable resource eucalyptus wood. The wood used comes from tree farms that practice sustainability. Completely natural, a major breakthrough was made with the development of the unique nanofibril structure of this fiber. What this simply means is, it is: soft as silk, strong as polyester, cool as linen, warm as wool, and as absorbent as cotton. Quite simply a “break-through” fabric.

Bamboo
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo. It is naturally porous and highly water absorbent, able to take up to three times it’s weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that absorbs moisture and pulls it away from the skin, keeping you cooler and drier than synthetics or cotton.

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