We produce high fashion knit materials using the lowest impact yarns, offering a full range of curated low impact materials options, the best available in todays market.
Organic cotton is cotton that is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. Importantly organic cotton farming does not allow the use of toxic chemicals or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Instead, it combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved. (about Organic Cotton)
Reduces Environmental Footprint
No toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy. Conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides.
Model For The Future
By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages. But organic cotton is 80% rain-fed, which reduces pressure on local water sources. The absence of chemicals also means that water is cleaner and safer. Cotton is often grown in water-scarce areas using irrigation and it takes 2,700 liters of water to make a conventional cotton t-shirt.
Promotes Safework & Better Livlihoods
Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe. They are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supply. It also means farmers grow more than one crop which supplements their food and income.
The Recover Upcycled Textile System regenerates cotton fiber from old clothing and cutting scraps. Recover cotton is produced using none of the water and toxic chemicals required for conventional cotton fiber. (about Recover)
Closing the Loop
The recover® upcycled textile system turns textile waste into valuable new textiles for many life-cycles. Recover creates long-lasting, high value products in each successive generation.
Recover® yarns produce some of the lowest impact textiles in the world. In their latest published Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the recover upcycled textile system saved 42 billion liters of water, 4 million KG's of textile waste, 1.4 million PET bottles, 145 million kWh of energy, and more.
Recover® yarns are used to make materials for almost every product category in fashion. We recover® resources to preserve and restore nature.
TENCEL® is the lyocell fiber from the house of Lenzing. It is of botanic origin, since it is extracted from the raw material wood. Fiber production itself is extremely ecofriendly, due to the closed loop system. On the day that the fiber TENCEL® was invented, a new chapter was written in the history of fibers. Textiles of TENCEL® are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. (about Tencel)
The production of TENCEL ® is revolutionary. The production process is based on a solvent spinning process which represents the greatest achievement in cellulose fiber technology. More than 100 Lenzing patents have been granted at the international level for the invention of TENCEL ®. The unique closed loop process makes TENCEL® the fiber of the future since the solvent used is recycled by almost 100% in the closed loop process. This special process received the "European Award for the Environment" from the European Union.
A life cycle analysis demonstrates the eco-friendliness of the fiber TENCEL® in comparison to cotton, polyester and polypropylene. The study evaluates all the environmental impacts in the course of extracting the fiber and arrives at the conclusion that cotton's toxic impact on fresh water and soil is enormous in comparison to TENCEL® fibers. Another ecological advantage of TENCEL® is that the raw material wood, stems from forest plantations which practice sustainability. The cultivated forest land is not suitable for agriculture. In contrast, cotton uses productive agricultural land, which means it is competing with food production. Moreover, water consumption is 10 - 20 times lower than with cotton.*
TENCEL® has a unique fibril structure. Fibrils (extremely small hairs) are the tiniest components which make up the fiber. Submicroscopic channels between the individual fibrils regulate absorption and release of moisture. Thus, these tiny fibrils assure the optimum transportation of moisture.
Lenzing Modal®, a modal fiber from Lenzing, is naturally soft on the skin and exceptionally ecological. The fiber is produced, using Edelweiss technology. Edelweiss stands for a "symbiotic" production process - pulp, the raw material, is produced at the same site as the Modal fiber itself. Thus production can be done while going easy on energy and other resources. Simply Edelweiss! (about Modal)
From tree to fiber. With Lenzing Modal® you can feel it right away: the fiber comes from beechwood forests and makes use of photosynthesis which has been an important mechanism in nature since the beginning of time. Photosynthesis creates the basis for Lenzing Modal®. Beech forests thrive in Northern and Central Europe and have shaped the landscapes of these regions for centuries. They are both a natural and sustainable source of raw material.®. The key part of Edelweiss is the Edelweiss technology which is based on oxygen-based chemistry. Thus Lenzing Modal® is produced in an environmentally responsible way from the pulp through to the fiber. Up to 95% of the Lenzing Modal® production materials are recovered at Lenzing as a result of innovative environmental processes. This gentle treatment is what makes it possible for the Lenzing Modal® production site to be located in the middle of a tourist area.
The way that beech trees grow is something truly special. They multiply by "rejuvenation" which means that the trees propagate by themselves. No artificial irrigation or planting is required. Thus beechwood forests are a completely natural and sustainable source of raw material. More than half of the wood used at Lenzing comes locally from Austria and the remainder is from neighboring countries. Beechwood from forests which apply prevailing forestry legislation and sustainable methods is used exclusively.
The low fiber rigidity and cross-section of Lenzing Modal® make the fiber an unparalleled supplier of softness in a completely natural way. Measurements of the softness factor show that Lenzing Modal® is twice as soft as cotton. The finer the fiber, the finer the textile becomes. Thus MicroModal® AIR is the winner when it comes to softness.*
At last the time has come. Now, Lenzing Modal®, a modal fiber from Lenzing, is available in special colors including black. Textiles of Lenzing Modal® COLOR are long lasting. The color stays where it should be. No bleeding of the dye takes place. Even after repeated washing, textiles of Lenzing Modal® COLOR retain their intensive colors as they were on the very first day.
The universality of Lenzing Modal® is unique. It can be blended with all fibers and processed using all the conventional machinery. The advantages such as mercerizability and uncomplicated processing are what make Lenzing Modal® the universal genius among the cellulose fibers. Thus fabrics can be made for different fields of application.
Recycled Polyester (RPET)
Polyester is used in roughly 60% of ALL textiles manufactured across the globe. Polyester is plastic. We don't need anymore plastic! Recycled polyester (RPET) is made from post consumer water bottles and can be used to make new fiber for textile manufacturing and diverts plastic waste from ending up in our landfills and oceans. (about RPET)
Petrol Chemical Reduction
Because recycled waste is used in place of crude oil, recycled polyester is free of the social and ethical concerns related to oil extraction. The relatively minimal use of chemicals in processing also reduces the potential for health and safety issues to arise in factories. No animal-based products are required to produce mechanically recycled polyester, so animal welfare is not a concern. Solution dyeing reduces many of the concerns related to conventional dyeing’s impacts to workers and the environment.
Mechanically recycled PET is less then half the impact as virgin polyester. One Kg of woven virgin polyester fabric uses 60 liters of water to produce were as 1 Kg of woven fabric from RPET uses .44 liters of water. In addition to the water savings, the process to produce solution dyed RPET woven fabric uses 50% - 60% less energy then virgin polyester woven fabric and emits roughly 20% less Co2 into our atmosphere then virgin poly.
An estimated 5-13 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year from land-based sources. 49.4 billion plastic water bottles were sold in the United States in 2015. The recycling rate for plastic bottles was only 31.1% which translates to roughly 34 billion plastic bottles that were littered or went into a landfill in 2015. The use of RPET fiber in clothing manufacturing can increase demand for PET recycling which in turn would divert more plastic from entering our oceans and landfills.
Flax is an excellent rotation crop and grows quickly. It generally follows a cereal crop in rotation, most frequently wheat. The flax is harvested approximately 100 days after planting. Flax naturally produces optimal soil quality, through crop rotation, reduced fertilizer and pesticide requirements, and erosion protection, thereby increasing returns on the following crops. (about Linen)
Irrigation Free Crop
Flax requires a cool and relatively humid climate. It is a rainfed crop that generally doesn’t require irrigation and is mainly treated with mechanical processes. Flax generally requires about 700 mm of annual rainfall, preferably well distributed throughout the 100 days and the retting process.
Flax fibers and the resulting linen fabrics have unique thermoregulating properties, providing insulation in the winter and good breathability and a cool feeling in summer. They also exhibit high moisture absorbency.
Hemp is a relatively fast growing annual plant, growing up to 4 meters high in only 3 months. Hemp can easily be incorporated into current cropping systems and is commonly grown in rotation with winter wheat. Hemp is effective in suppressing weeds, thus leading to a reduction in herbicides in the following crop. It also leaves the soil in excellent condition because its deep rooting system improves soil structure and its lack of dependence of herbicides and pesticides helps by breaking pest and disease cycles. (about Hemp)
Due to its extensive root system, hemp can contribute to reducing soil loss and erosion. It is also suitable for crop rotation because the leaves and outer stalks are left in the field and contain nitrogen, the soil is left healthy after harvest, and food crops can be grown immediately without having to leave the fields fallow. As very few fertilizers and pesticides are used, the proliferation of algae favored by an excessive concentration of nutrient in the water is limited; thus the eco system balance and biodiversity are better in hemp than in crops that require more chemical inputs.
Water Savings + Natural Performance Attributes
Hemp can grow in most temperate and sub-tropical climates. It is a rain-fed crop that generally doesn’t require irrigation and is mainly processed through mechanical processes. Additionally, hemp fibers possess natural protection of UV's with most textiles yielding a SPF 15 rating at the minimum with some testing up to SPF 50.
Tencel® and Modal® are registered trade marks of Lenzing. Recover® is a registered trade mark of Hilaturas Ferre S.A.