Behind the Seams: Our Sustainable Fabric
Posted on March 14 2021
Posted on March 14 2021
The most commonly used sustainable fabric in our clothing is Modal, a fibre sourced from the pulp of beech trees. We find Modal to be extremely versatile for making our clothing - from our leggings to our essential tees - while being strong and durable, so you don’t have to worry about it falling apart after a few washes.
And because Modal is a natural and sustainable resource, it doesn’t require artificial irrigation or planting, avoiding nasty chemicals that can irritate the skin which can be commonly found in mass-produced materials. Read about why looking for sustainable fabric is important in our sustainable shopping know-hows blog.
We use a number of different types of cotton, most of which are sourced in the US; and all of which is knitted in Austria especially to our specifications. No toxic dyes are used, and all the cotton we use is OEKO-TEX®️ Standard 100 certified, meaning every component of our cotton products has been tested for harmful substances and is in no way a risk to human health.
Just like modal - another form of rayon and a fabric we regularly use at Lavender Hill - lyocell has long been considered as a more sustainable choice than the likes of nylon, polyester and even cotton. Made from wood cellulose or pulp, its soft-to-the-touch finish, eco credibilities and durability make it a firm favourite with both brands and customers.
We love linen. Not only does it keep us cosy and cool, but it’s one of the best sustainable fabrics out there. It has a low environmental impact due to very little water being needed in the production process and because it is made from the stalks of flax plants, with almost all of the flax plant being used - a bonus for avoiding wastage. And due to its natural origins, this sustainable fabric is also great for sensitive skin and is strong and long-lasting while feeling beautifully luxurious. Discover more in our blog on linen.
Our most indulgent fabric because of its silky soft feeling against the skin, our cashmere is a sustainable, renewable and biodegradable natural fibre. A little warmer and cosier than our linen fabric, making it ideal for the cooler months, we source our cashmere from nomadic communities in Mongolia before it is spun in our Scottish factory to produce our much-loved cashmere range.
And unlike low cost cashmere which is often produced with bleaches in high volume factories, we can trace the story of ours from goat to garment and are proud that every piece passes through several pairs of hands before it’s ready to send to our customers. That’s the true meaning of a sustainable fabric: one that can be traced, that doesn’t cost our earth its health and that is healthy for the customer to wear.