Our fabrics - Natural fabrics, ethically sourced
Tencel is a natural, man-made fibre that is a revolutionary development in environmentally sustainable textiles. Tencel is made from cellulose in wood pulp harvested from eucalyptus trees. These tree farms are established on land that is unsuitable for agricultural crops or grazing, and therefore does not compete with food production. There is also very low toxic impact on fresh water and soil in comparison to other fibres. Tencel uses 80% less water than cotton in production
Due to the smooth structure of the tencel fibre, it feels particularly soft against the skin, is lightweight and breathable. Tencel is exceptionally durable, shrink resistant and easy to care for.
The fibres are 100% biodegradable and even 100% compostable. This compostability offers a considerable and completely natural advantage for agriculture. Tencel is produced using a "closed loop" manufacturing process with non toxic solvents. The fibre has been certified by the European eco-label Oeko Tex 100 as containing low levels of chemicals and byproducts. Tencel is produced by Austrian company Lenzing.
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. It is a highly sustainable resource that is naturally pest resistant, and requires very little water to grow. Bamboo absorbs more carbon dioxide from the air than cotton or timber, and releases more oxygen into the environment, improving air quality. Bamboo grows more rapidly than trees – once established a crop can be harvested yearly and will regenerate one and a half times its previous size.
This ecofriendly fibre is not only supremely soft to the touch, but is also hypoallergenic. Bamboo is breathable and very absorbent, which helps to regulate body temperature.
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low environmental impact, and without the use of harmful chemicals. Tluxe garments use Organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This certification guarantees compliance to Organic standards and ensures a respect for the social and economic rights of the farmers and producers. By eliminating the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, Organic cotton keeps waterways safe and clean. In using Organic cotton we are supporting sustainable farming practices and reducing contamination of the Earth.
Why Organic Cotton?
More pesticides are used in cotton than any other crop. In fact, despite covering only 2.4% of the worlds crop land, conventional cotton farms account for roughly 11% of all herbicide use and an amazing 24% of all pesticide use. Organic cotton is chemical free.
Merino fibres are extremely fine - the world's finest wool - which means Merino feels soft and luxurious. It has natural elasticity, so garments move with the body and return to their original state. Merino fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture vapour, and tends not to create static electricity, so is less likely to cling to the body. In contrast to synthetics, Merino is an active fibre that reacts to changes in body temperature. Our Merino is sourced from New Zealand where the barbaric and unnecessary practice of mulesing has been banned.
Did you know?
Completely natural and bio degradable, wool is the most renewable and recyclable fibre available in the apparel industry.
Silk is the strongest of natural fibres, containing protein and amino acids, and with surprisingly similar properties to wool. Silk is a breathable fabric and a natural temperature regulator. It has warmth without weight, but also helps the body to expel excess heat in warm weather ñ therefore your body maintains a natural, comfortable temperature. The extremely smooth and soft texture of silk is lustrous against the skin, and is also hypoallergenic.
One of the worldís oldest fabrics, linen is woven from the fibres of the flax plant and is a completely natural resource. No part of the flax plant is wasted - whilst only the best fibres are used for fabric production, the left over linseeds, oil, straw and fibre are all used in other ways. The production of linen fabric uses less water and energy than cotton and synthetic fibres. Flax yarns and fabrics increase in strength on wetting, resulting in a fabric that withstands being washed, resulting in greater longevity.
Cupro is a regenerated fibre made from Cotton linters, which are by products of the cotton harvest. These fibres are removed of all impurities, and then undergo a process of stretch-spinning, resulting in a lustrous fine yarn that most closely resembles silk. Because Cupro is a natural fibre fused with human technology, it has a soft, gentle feel with the functionality of stability of man made fibres.
The viscose fibre is man made from renewable plant material. A garment made from viscose uses almost half of the energy it takes to produce a cotton garment