Most of my projects are working with used clothing but when I do use virgin fabrics I do my best to make sure they are dead stock or sustainably produced.
The fabrics I currently have from previous projects include organic cotton rolls I had milled through Spritex for an organic children's line, rolls I purchased from North of West and fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Birch Organic Fabrics and other online fabric shops but once these are gone I will no longer be restocking them.
I recognize the non-sustainable issues around the processing, clear cutting and deforestation when manufacturing fabrics. When I use virgin fabrics I do my best to make sure any fabric that I stock is either purchased as dead stock or sourced from manufacturers that use closed loop production and harvest without clear cutting.
The fabrics I use include sustainable knit fabrics, dead stock and leftover fabrics from previous projects. This means that most of my current fabrics are only available for limited runs.
Bamboo grows quickly without the use of fertilizer or pesticides. It is incredibly strong and regenerates year after year from its own root system. This means there is no soil erosion and it aids in carbon absorption. Bamboo fabric offer protection against UV Radiation, is crease resistant, sweat-resistant and hypoallergenic. It keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer making it great for undergarments.
The bamboo fabrics we incorporate into our line is produced in a facility using bambrotex technology or are considered deadstock.
Our Stretch Bamboo Charcoal Fleece is an amazing choice. Not only is it soft and warm, Bamboo Charcoal fiber offers many benefits. It's made by heating mature bamboo at temperatures of 800 degrees and that charcoal is then processed and mixed into fabrics using nanotechnology for increased softness, durability, water resistance and breathability.
The many positive qualities of bamboo charcoal fabric include:
Easier on sensitive skin
The fabric inhibits bacterial metabolism causing fewer allergic skin reactions than other fibers sterilized with antimicrobial agents.
Reduces Static buildup
This is a conductive material so it keeps a balanced charge in the fabric to help reduce static buildup.
Superior Absorption & Deodorizing Ability
This trait is due to the highly porous structure of the bamboo fabric. According to some research, bamboo charcoal can absorb formaldehyde at a rate of 16% ~ 19.39%; as for benzene, the rate is 8.69% ~ 10.08%; as for toluene, the rate is 5.65% ~ 8.42%; ammonia with the rate of 22.73% ~ 30.65%; chloroform with the high rate of 40.68%, and the lasting time can be up to 24d. And in the drop-off of bamboo charcoal fiber, the content of carbon is nearly 93% ~ 96%, and this property enables it to absorb sulfur-based compounds, nitrogen-based compounds and so on.
Because it has good performance in anti-fluff, bamboo Charcoal fiber can reach level 3.5 ~ level 4.5 as for the anti- fluff, anti-pilling effect.
Far Infrared Radiation properties
Bamboo charcoal fiber can absorb 8- l4 μm far-infrared. Because bamboo charcoal fiber contains metal elements such as potassium, magnesium, calcium carbonized material (K 0.85, Na 0.01, Ca 0.05, Mg 0.04, Fe 0.01, Mn 0.05), these fibers and fabrics have the property of far-infrared radiation. Once absorbed, the fabric disperses the far infrared radiation to activate human cells, increase cellular energy, accelerate the speed of blood circulation, and promote and improve body metabolism and blood circulation.
Superior Washing and Durability
Bamboo charcoal fibers are quick-drying and because the bamboo charcoal nano particles are embedded in the fabric rather than simply coated onto the surface, the fabric can be washed numerous times with no adverse effect on the charcoal qualities.
Bamboo charcoal yarn has a cross-section filled with various micro-gaps and micro-holes so compared to conventional fabrics, it is better at moisture absorption and ventilation. The fabric keeps the wearer dry and comfortable on hot days.
The highly porous nature of bamboo charcoal also lets it act as an insulator against the cold while also retaining heat. According to ITRI test results, when a 500W halogen light shone on the bamboo charcoal yarn for 10 minutes, the yarn emits far more infrared rays 87% ~ 92%, and warm up temperature of 10 degrees Celsius, which is much higher than for instance wool’s 5 degrees Celsius.
Promotes Better Health
The Bamboo Charcoal fiber contains potassium, calcium and other minerals, and the launch of negative ions is at a high level which is equivalent to the anion concentration of the outskirts, and this is beneficial for your health.
Bamboo Charcoal fiber effectively decomposes the micro-organisms attached to its surface and in the air around it. The American Association for Testing and Materials ASTME2149-2001 fixation antibacterial activity of antibacterial agents dynamic testing method is adopted to study Staphylococcus aureus ATCC6538 (gram-positive bacteria). And by testing the one-sided knitted fabric bamboo charcoal filament bacteriostatic antibacterial function, the results show that the inhibiting rate is 65% and antimicrobial rate is 84%.
While the bamboo fabric technology is still relatively new, only gaining momentum in Asia in the mid-1990s, its uses are growing widespread, ranging from clothing to carpeting to bedding. As we look towards more environmentally friendly fabrics that offer the same feel and durability of synthetic fabrics, bamboo charcoal is a surprising but strong contender.
This information was taken from Simplifi Fabric, a supplier of eco-fabrics.
Hemp is a favorite fabric to use because it is a fashion material that small farmers and rural communities can bring to market. Hemp is a regenerative crop making it great for planting in between food crops because it restores nutrients to the soil. Plus, it requires less water using about 1/20th of the amount that cotton does.
The many positive qualities of hemp fabric include:
- It naturally filters out UV light
- It a breathable fabric that is naturally resistant to bacterial growth.
- It's four times as strong as cotton.
- It retains its color better than any other kind of fabric.
- Hemp becomes softer the more you wear it becoming more and more lovable each year.
Organic Cotton Fabrics
Once you begin to understand the negative impact of growing conventional cotton and the genetically modified variants has on our planet and our bodies you'll understand why paying more for organic cotton is so important. The amount of pesticides and insecticides used, the amount of water used, the amount of greenhouse gases released are all truly stomach turning. It takes 2.700 liters to make just one cotton t-shirt. Think about all those pesticides against your skin. Many people's skin allergies disappear when they go organic.
Read about why you should choose organic cotton over conventionally grown cotton here.
rPET Recycled Plastic Polyester Fabrics
rPet fabric is a polyester sustainable fabric that is spun from yarn made from broken down plastic bottles. The energy used to create rPet polyester fabric is about 33 to 53% less than what is used to produce virgin polyester.
Soy fabrics, sometimes referred to as the vegetable cashmere, is a silky soft fabric with wonderful drape and is highly elastic. Soy fabric is UV resistant, does not wrinkle and is antimicrobial. It is produced from the soy protein that comes from the hulls of soybeans, making use of a waste product. It is the only textile composed of pure plant protein using byproducts from the food industry. Soy fabric is highly biodegradable.