Organic cotton is an eco-friendly material, cultivated without pesticides, insecticides, chemical fertilisers nor GMO.
Produced and certified to organic agricultural standards, its production sustains the health of soil, ecosystems and its people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. Its farming combines tradition, innovation, and science to benefit the shared environment and promote a good quality of life for all involved.
It has less impact on the air, uses on average 88% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe as they are not exposed to toxic chemicals in the field or through their food and water supplies, which contributes to an ethical and fair production process.
Hemp is the non-psychotropic variety of Cannabis Sativa. It has a very long history of being used as a fibre, as it has been cultivated for thousands of years in almost every continent.
Hemp is a densely growing plant, able to choke out any competing plants and to naturally reduce pests - this means harsh chemical herbicides aren’t necessary and no pesticides are usually needed. Amazingly, hemp also returns 60-70% of the nutrients it takes from the soil. Not only is hemp gentle on the earth, it also requires very little water and a relatively small amount of land to cultivate.
However, it’s important to be aware that hemp does not always mean organic, as many farmers still use environmentally damaging fertilizer. When buying hemp-made products, chose organically grown plants that help improve the soil and prevent erosion.
Linen comes from the flax plant, which is grown primarily in temperate regions. It is an extremely strong fibre and highly absorbent.
As well as being a beautiful fiber, linen is also relatively sustainable. It is grown using rainwater rather than irrigation, and requires far fewer pesticides than regular cotton. Conventional linen’s sustainability credentials are good but not perfect, as synthetic fungicides and herbicides are routinely used. Organic linen, by contrast, comes from flax that is farmed without any use of toxic chemicals, and is therefore a more sustainable option. However, organic linen accounts for only 1% of linen produced.
Silk has a 3000 year history and has to be one of the most amazing and most beautiful of all of earth's fibers. It is created by the protein secretions of silkworms which solidify to create the cocoon fibers.
Generally speaking, silk is considered a more sustainable fiber. It is a renewable resource, can biodegrade, and uses less water, chemicals, and energy than many other fibers. However, problems arise with chemical use, animal rights, high energy input, and labor practices. Most silkworms are killed in their cocoons before maturing into a moth.
Resposible silk production is the more environmentally friendly, non-violent and sustainable practice of silk cultivation. Zero chemicals or treatments are required for raw silk, which is readily biodegradable. Even better is organic peace silk or cruelty-free silk, which comes from cocoons where moths have been allowed to emerge from their cocoons.