First, the bad news.
The EPA estimates that 85% of post-consumer textile waste is sent to landfills. In the US alone, the average consumer throws away 70 pounds of textiles, including clothing. Fabrics that are not biodegradable like some polyesters and nylons can take anywhere from 20-200 years to breakdown depending on environmental conditions. Yuck.
Good news: we have options.
We love making beautiful clothing, but we want to do it responsibly. Here's what we look for in our fabrics:
Bamboo trees are biodegradable and sustainable - they regenerate in 55 days. We use a bamboo blend containing rayon made from bamboo. It has a delicate sheen, is super soft with a gorgeous drape, and made without the use of harmful pesticides. Bonus points: it’s machine washable.
You know it, you love it. Silk is a highly renewable fabric and unlike a few other natural fabrics, does not require pesticides. The environmental impact of chemical processes in silk production are much lower than for cotton or synthetic fabrics. Plus, it’s breathable and hypoallergenic. And makes you feel like goddess.
Our beanies are made from 100% Merino Wool. Merino Wool is completely biodegradable and renewable. Not to mention it has natural breathability and temperature regulation.
Tencel is made from renewable eucalyptus trees and requires five times less land than conventional cotton production - without the use of pesticides. It make an amazing fabric with a beautiful drape and a soft finish.
When we can’t use organic fabrics, we opt for deadstock. Deadstock fabrics are discontinued or indeed materials left over from other fashion companies and destined for the landfill. We comb through options to rescue soft, beautiful fabrics and give them new life in our designs.