Nowadays, people are more aware about how the clothing is produced. A lot of brands are doing sustainable efforts to change its way of production, and others see the sustainability as its mission. In terms of production, more options are becoming available for designers looking to start an eco-friendly label, from plants to fish, new natural alternatives to replace harmful synthetic fabrics. These are some of the organic fabrics that our almasanta family use for its eco-friendly production.
Cotton is a natural fiber extracted from plants but often implicated as unsustainable, but a better cotton is possible with the eco-friendly textile alternative that our brands are more likely to use: Organic Cotton, Royal Supima Cotton, Supima Cotton ® or American Cotton. Today we present some of those sustainable fashion alternatives:
- Organic Cotton - Is a cotton fiber which has been grown according to the principles and rules of organic agriculture. These rules are very strict and are defined by a law from the European Union. Organic agriculture uses no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and no Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).
- Supima Cotton® - Supima is the cashmere of cotton. It has an especially long fiber which gives Supima unusual qualities of strength, softness and color, but it's also grown 100% in the USA. "Pima" is a generic term for extra-long staple cotton grown in the US, Australia, Peru and a few other countries. It was once called American-Egyptian cotton, but was renamed to honor the Pima Indians who were growing cotton in Sacaton Arizona. "Supima" is 100% American grown Pima cotton which, we think, is the best cotton on the market.
Artificial fibers are Man-Made fibers created with the waste of natural fibers melt with chemicals. The most eco-friendly option we can find is Lyocell which is a regenerated cellulosic like Modal, Cupro, Viscose or bamboo viscose.
- Lyocell - It is made from the wood pulp of the eucalyptus tree. This fiber is produced with minimal impact to the environment, by using a non-toxic solvent that is recycled during the production process and reducing the use of energy and water. Moreover, eucalyptus requires fewer pesticides and less acreage to grow than cotton, so it is much more eco-friendly. It’s dictionary definition is “Lyocell is a cellulose fiber obtained by an organic solvent spinning process where: "organic solvent" means a mixture of organic chemicals and water, and "solvent spinning" means dissolving and spinning without formation of a derivative”. The fabric made from Lyocell is breathable and naturally wrinkle-resistant.
- Tencel - A further development of Lyocell is the registered Tencel®. It is a natural fiber known for its flattering drape and soft, luxurious hand-feel. The fiber is naturally derived from cellulose which is extracted from managed trees. It is one of the softest and most elegant fibers available and known as the most respectful eco-friendly fiber.
- Modal - Is made from sustainably harvested beech trees in PEFC (Programme for the endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certified European Forest. A fiber characterized by the high wet strength and its extra softness.
Now we see how important is to know the behind of a textile production, and the fabrics is such an small part of the process. Of what is made my clothes? Thats the big question we are wondering.