We're committed to transparency in our supply chain, sustainable fibres,
and those who make our clothes.
Responsible Fibres: Lenzing Modal
We want our fibres to have the lowest impact on the environment
Why we chose Lenzing Modal
For every fabric we adorn on our bodies, there are many processes that we need to take into consideration for sustainability. Bamboo for example, can be very sustainably grown but the process to turn this hard raw material into a silky smooth fabric may use harmful chemicals.
Up to 95% of Lenzing Modal production process is recovered - an almost complete closed loop process. Lenzing Modal is the most ecological and clean viscose that is being manufactured in the world.
We chose Lenzing Modal for its genuinely sustainable approach.
Lenzing Modal Fibre Benefits:
Lenzing Modal is made from sustainably harvested beech trees in Austria.
As Lenzing explains “The way that beech trees grow is something truly special. They multiply by "rejuvenation" which means that the trees propagate by themselves”. No artificial irrigation or planting is required.
Wood pulp is converted into fibre using a solvent that has low toxicity and is recycled in a closed-loop process, which means that 95% of chemicals are reused. In addition, a co-product, sodium sulfate, is generated in the fibre production. This valuable chemical is used in the detergent, glass and food industries.
White Lenzing Modal is certified as biodegradable in all natural and industrial environments: in the soil, compost as well as in fresh and in marine water. Please note that our Lenzing Modal is currently dyed black but we are looking into this impact long term. Small steps of progress!
Why Alternative Fibres are a Concern
Polyester & Nylon:
All polyesters are made from oil. Yes, that silky
wrinkle free fibre originates from oil.
Polyester, nylon and most synthetic fibres are made from oil.
We want to reduce our reliance on plastic and oil.
Most polyesters and nylon are not processed in a closed loop,
so new chemicals that are harmful are required.
Plastic never breaks down.
Viscose/Rayon/Regular Modal Fibre:
Wood sources are not always traceable, particularly if the
fibre does not come from a responsible mill.
Viscose fibre is not processed in a closed loop, so new chemicals are continually required. Its production is much more energy and chemically intensive than Lenzing Modal. In fact, some ratings for these fabrics can be worse than polyester!
Not many viscose, rayon or regular modal is certified biodegradable.