We researched many different fabric options and made two key take-aways - we wanted to go for a 100% fabric, no blend, of a natural fiber. The main argument for this was that that would increased the recyclability of the garments.
That decision made the list of possible fabrics much shorter. By some time we got familiar with a company that met many of our criteria and they are producing a fabric called TENCEL™ Lyocell which we eventually produced the full first collection in. This fiber has a botanic origin but requires less water than cotton.
TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are derived from sustainable wood sources, harvested from certified and controlled sources following the stringent guidelines of the Lenzing Wood and Pulp Policy.* The process of finalising the wood pulp into a soft clothing fabric is done mechanically in a closed loop which gives full waste control.
Moreover, wood and pulp used by the Lenzing Group comes from sustainably managed forests. TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have earned United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred® designation.
This fabric is also biodegradable. All TENCEL™ standard Lyocell fiber types have been certified as biodegradable and compostable under industrial, home, soil, fresh water and marine conditions, thus they can fully revert back to nature.
TENCEL™ is a trademark of Lenzing AG.
* These fibers are available with FSC. (FSC-C041246) or PEFC™ (PEFC/06-33-92) certification upon request.