It is impossible to talk about sustainability without discussing fabrics. 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. We researched and came up with the following simple rules. We favor natural, organic and recycled fibers and try to stay away from synthetic and mixed fibers. If we pick synthetic fibers, we favor sustainable and clean processes such as TENCEL® for lyocell. We mostly work with labels that use certifications such as GOTS for organic fabrics, Oeko-Tex and Reach for the regulatory usage of harmful chemicals.
Cotton is a soft, fluffy fiber giving a soft, comfortable, breathable and easily washable fabric.
Cotton is one of the most natural fibers used in the garment industry each year 20 million farmers in 80 countries produce our yearly needs. It takes 2120 liters of water to grow one kilo of cotton when organic cotton uses 91% less water. Cotton accounts for 16% of global insecticide release when with organic cotton there is none. Because farmers are trapped in a vicious circle and have to buy GMO seeds from big agrochemical companies they are in depth and struggle to make a living.
Some of our labels are using G.O.T.S. certified cotton.
G.O.T.S. is a standard that ensures the organic and fair-trade status of fabrics at every stage of the production, from seed to the garment.
Air dry your cotton clothes. Lay them flat before hanging them. If you’re using a dryer, pick a short cycle to keep your garments still damp, it will be easier to iron.
Hemp is one of the most durable fibers. It is also known as one of the oldest crops used to create a piece of fabric. The crops are resistant to pests, so they can grow naturally without chemicals. The hemp fabric is not as soft as cotton, but it is stronger. It is also naturally antimicrobial and resistant to UV. As hemp farming is limited, it’s difficult to find 100% hemp fabric. Hemp and cotton is a great mix, giving a high standard of quality fabric.
Air dry or tumble dry on low heat setting until slightly damp then finish with air drying. Make sure to spread or stretch the fabric to avoid wrinkles as the fabric dries.
Linen is a versatile, durable fabric made from the flax plant. It grows organically, that is to say with a little attention and almost no fertilizers, as long as there’s water. Like cotton, linen can be knitted or woven with fine threads. Absorbent, light with a “cool” touch and drying quicker than cotton, linen is often the wise choice in hot weather.
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Garments made out of linen should be air dry and should be ironed with a good quality steam iron while they are damp.
Derived from cellulose-based plant sources (wood pulp or cotton), viscose is the most known man-made fibers. Cheap to produce, it is the first synthetic alternative fiber to silk. With pros and cons, innovators are looking to improve the production techniques to make it more sustainable like Lenzing, famous for its TENCEL™ fibers, with a new generation of viscose: LENZING™ ECOVERO™.
Cold wash you items in viscose. When it comes to ironing, we recommend setting the temperature to the lowest. Spray your items lightly with water or iron them when they are still damp. Use a piece of cotton fabric as a press cloth between your garment and the iron to prevent shine. Ironing them turned inside out is also a good solution!
Lyocell is a fabric made from wood pulpe. It is the improved version of viscose. Lyocell is stronger than viscose, make it less prone to shrink.
Have you ever wondered what are the differences between lyocell and TENCEL™? Well, there is none. TENCEL™ is the brand of the Austrian manufacturer Lenzing for its lyocell.
Cold wash you items in lyocell. When it comes to ironing, we recommend setting the temperature to the lowest. Spray your items lightly with water or iron them when they are still damp. Use a piece of cotton fabric as a press cloth between your garment and the iron to prevent shine. Ironing them turned inside out is also a good solution!
Modal is made from wood pulp, in this case often from beech trees.
Like lyocell, one of the many qualities of modal is to perfectly wrap a body, making it the right choice for creating dresses or tops.
Cold wash you items in Modal. When it comes to ironing, we recommend setting the temperature to the lowest. Spray your items lightly with water or iron them when they are still damp. Use a piece of cotton fabric as a press cloth between your garment and the iron to prevent shine. Ironing them turned inside out is also a good solution!
The cupro fabric is well known to be the best vegan version of silk. It is made out of cotton linter, the fine and silky fibers attached to the seed of the cotton plant after ginning. The production process of cupro is similar to the production process of viscose.
It is strongly advised to not bleach or tumble dry garments made out of cupro. It is better to air dry them and to iron them turned inside on medium heat.
Wool is natural, renewable, biodegradable and durable fiber.
Wool can be 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 woolen skin strips around the breech of a sheep to prevent parasitic fly infection (myiasis)).
Try to be gentle with your pieces in wool. Wash them as less as possible. 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.
vegetable tanned leather
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. That is said, with the certification REACH, labels who are using chrome tanned leather can guarantee a low level of chemical 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.
If you buy on our webshop an O My Bag product, at the end of its lifetime close the loop by sending it directly to O My Bag for a second lifetime.
During the rainy season, use a water-repellant 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. Air dry your products, out of the sun.
On thegreenlabels.com, we choose 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 ready to hatch.
Lightweight and airy, a garment in silk fabric will be perfect to add a glamour touch to your outfit.
It is better to steam your garment in silk. Otherwise, use the lowest iron heat level.
Polyester is one of the most popular of all the synthetics.
it is derived from petroleum, basically it's a kind of plastic that won't degrade over time. The main issue regarding synthetic fabrics, such as polyester, is that they don’t breathe. Some find, when wearing it, that they can feel sweaty or have a feeling of humidity, which can be uncomfortable. Be aware that micro particle can escape into the atmosphere or in the water especially during washing. Some of our brands are using Oeko-Tex or Blue Sign certified polyester, some are using recycled polyester made out of waste like discarded bottles. Oeko-Tex or Blue Sign are both, two standards that regulate the use of harmful chemicals during the production process.
We have selected Re-Kånken backpacks made from SpinDye® recycled polyester, if you buy on our webshop a Re-Kånken backpack, at the end of its lifetime close the loop by sending it directly to Fjällräven for a second life usage.
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Fishing nets, fabrics scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic from landfills and oceans from all over the world are rescued to be transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon.
NILIT® is also another eco-friendly regenerated nylon processed from post-consumer sportswear waste.
Created by Fulgar, Q-NOVA® Regeneration System is the perfect example for a zero waste process. The regenerated nylon is produced from the company's main production cycle.
These recycled nylon yarns then are mixed with the minimum amount of elastane to create, for example, fabrics for swimsuits, stockings, and socks.
If you buy on our webshop a Swedish Stockings product, at the end of its lifetime close the loop by sending it directly to Swedish Stockings for a second lifetime.
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