When choosing textiles, trims and treatments we consider the following:
Environmental information about product-> processes, dyes, treatments
Does the supplier have any environmental policies?
Transparency in the supply chain
Third Party Verification
Fabrics that make a difference
Certified organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides and is not genetically engineered. It is important to check that you are actually buying certified organic cotton, what percentage of a final product is organic cotton and what sort of dye was used on the organic cotton (if the dye applied was high in chemicals, then many of the benefits of the cotton being organic have been lost).
Linen is a natural fibre like cotton, but it has 2-3 times the strength, and is made from the fibres of the flax plant. Like cotton, it is important to check that you are actually buying certified organic linen, what percentage of a final product is organic linen and what sort of dye was used (if the dye applied was high in chemicals then the benefits of the linen being organic have been lost).
Lyocell is a regenerated cellulose fibre made from wood pulp harvested from farm trees. This fabric is produced using highly environmentally sound solvents in the processing, and the fabric’s overall makeup enables the design and production of new and innovative products.
One of the most recognised brands of Lyocell is Tencel.