It is impossible to talk about sustainability without discussing materials. It is a complicated topic as there are many aspects to take in consideration from the whole production cycle, the durability until the end of life of a fabric. When it comes to animal fibers we look into sustainable options for each option we curate in our collection. Find out more about those sustainable alternatives to conventional options here.
Wool is natural, renewable, biodegradable and durable fiber. We would favor wool that is recycled or organic. Organic wool is from certified organic livestock farming. That means the sheep were raised in a clean environment with decency: no chemicals used to treat the sheep, organic forage, roam free outside in nature, shorn with dignity, no mulesing (mulesing is a controversial practice that involves removing woollen skin strips around the breech of a sheep to prevent parasitic fly infection (myiasis).
Wool has self cleaning properties. Wash them as little as possible, rather air them on your balcony or garden to get rid of odours. If necessary, spot the stain and clean it. If you really have to wash them, do it in cold water. Last but not the least, never tumble dry your garments in wool. It is better to flat dry them.
Alpaca wool is a natural, super soft fabric and has many advantages over sheep's wool or cashmere. It is hypoallergenic in that it does not contain lanolin like sheep's wool. The structure of alpaca wool is stronger than that of sheep's wool or cashmere. It fluffs much less, making it very comfortable to wear and does not sting. It is very dirt and water resistant. Thanks to the hollow fiber, it insulates very well and is wonderfully warm. The wool has a down-like feel and comes in 52 natural colors, so that the wool as a finished product requires little processing!
Wash your alpaca wool items as little as possible and at 30 degrees if necessary. Try leaving your item outside overnight in the winter to make it more fresh. Top tip for the Alpaca Loca scarves is to put them in the freezer to prevent extra fibers shredding on your coat.
Cashmere is one of the softest and most luxurious knit fibers. It is made from the hair of a specific breed of nomadic goats that live in the Kashmir region in central Asia. The kashmir goats have super soft and fine hair that they naturally shed when the temperatures rise. These hairs are collected and spun into luxurious garments.
However, all cashmere is not equal. If the hair is collected too early the goats might freeze to death. Further, as fast fashion has pushed the prices down, local goat herders have had to increase the number of goats they have to keep their income at the same level. Massive groups of goats herding on the Asian grasslands erode the ground and disturb the plants growing there, which is a problem with similar consequences to deforestation.
We work with traced cashmere and only would allow it in our collection if we know exactly the origins of it and if it provides enough compliance.
Wash your cashmere items as little as possible. When needed, hand wash in cold water, pat dry with a towel and lay flat to dry in shape.
Leather can be chrome tanned or vegetable tanned. The technique of chrome tanning is faster and cheaper, but also the most harmful to the environment and human skin. With the certification REACH, labels who are using chrome-tanned leather can guarantee a low level of chemicals and ensure that the chrome doesn't turn into toxic chrome VI.
Concerning vegetable tanned leather, the tanning process is using tree bark and natural tanning elements. Well maintained, your leather will have a pretty patina and last for many years.
O My Bag is a great example of a green label using vegetbale tanned leather only which gives a unique look to their products.
During the rainy season, use a water-repellent lotion every 2 weeks and use a care lotion when needed. Spot and remove stains as soon as you notice them by using a lint-free cloth with water. Dab gently on the stain, do not wipe the stain.
You won't find much silk in our assortment but if so we try to work with labels using peace silk. While, during regular production, the silk is collected by destroying the moth before leaving the cocoon, the process of peace silk allows waiting until the butterfly hatches or is ready to hatch.
It is better to steam your garment in silk. Otherwise, use the lowest iron heat level.