Natural fibres can come from both animals and plants, plant fibres are usually a cellulose material and the animal fibres are a protein material.
Natural fibres breath better than synthetic and are therefore better for your skin and more comfortable. They are however less durable than synthetic so taking better care of them becomes important. It’s also worth mentioning that the environmental impact of conventional cotton production is quite high which is why we use organic cotton.
Semi-synthetic fibres are derived from a naturally occurring fibre through a chemical process. The naturally occurring fibre is harvested, broken down, and then reconstructed. This is most commonly done with cellulose. The cellulose is extracted from the plant, made soluble, and then spun into fiber. In many cases, this process can be done sustainably and creates a versatile fabric.
Semi Synthetics fabrics have a beautiful drape and feel and allow the skin to breath. The Tluxe Bamboo Elastaine Cocoon Top has been a best seller for us. Both Bamboo and tencel don’t crush which makes it ideal for travelling, they also hold their shape and colour really well.
The raw ingredients for these fibres come from the petrochemical and crude oil industry. Most synthetic fibre is plastic which is manmade through the process of polymerization. Synthetic fabrics are more likely to harbour bacteria and absorb environmental toxins. Studies have also revealed that even plastics that are tested to be BPA-free emit endocrine disruptors (similar to BPA) when exposed to normal everyday wear.
• PVC based Faux/Vegan leathers
High environmental impact during production. They don’t let your skin breath which isn’t comfortable and can also increase the incidents of body odour.
They can take up to 200 years to break down and will leach toxins while they decompose and you definitely don’t want to get too close to any open flames as they’re highly flammable!!
Tluxe is an ethical and sustainable clothing brand. We use a wide range of natural and semi synthetic fabric. We pride ourselves on using the highest quality fabrics that are easy wear, easy care.