Recycled polyamide (made from PET water bottles)
78% Recycled Polyamide
Our fabric supplier is based in Italy. They are leading by example by joining global projects such as “Healthy Seas a Journey from Waste to Wear”, which is aimed at saving our seas from discarded fishing nets and creating 100% green fabrics to help close the loop on fashion.
Sustainable techno-fabric made with Econyl® - 100% regenerated polyamide fibre from post-consumer materials - old fishing nets and mats, and also waste from manufacturing industry.
The factory we use is based in Portugal which produces both our recycled polyamide leggings as well as our bamboo leggings. We chose to use them as not only would it mean a smaller carbon footprint than perhaps shipping from China but they have labour and ethical working standards that worked in harmony with our values.
Bamboo and Organic cotton (bamboo viscose from moso bamboo)
We choose to use both recycled fabrics as well as natural fabrics as we believe both fabrics have some amazing attributes. Bamboo fabric has the ability to both feel soft to the touch as well as being antibacterial; great for those days you sweat more than you thought you might!
Bamboo is quickly becoming an alternative to cotton as one of the most sustainable plants.
Some interesting facts about bamboo:
- Bamboo is fastest growing plant in the world and yields more often from the same plot
- There is no need for any pesticides or fertilisers to grow the bamboo unlike cotton
- 100% biodegradable
- Bamboo only needs rain water to grow. Unlike cotton where it can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton; equivalent to a single T-shirt and pair of jeans.
Bamboo, a type of tropical grass, has an extensive rooting system that grows on average four to six new shoots a year, naturally replenishing itself. It provides an abundance of usable oxygen making it a crucial element in the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
How is bamboo turned into a fabric?
It currently still involves a chemical process which uses caustic soda to turn the fibre into a fabric. However, there is ongoing research to see if it is possible to use less harmful chemicals, or no chemicals at all to turn bamboo into fabric. We will always aim for being as transparent as possible by explaining the pro's and con's of the fabrics we use; the industry still has a long way to go but it really is up to you to determine if the environmental qualities of the bamboo itself outweighs the negatives.
It also happens to be ridiculously soft to the touch and doesn't smell after the second or third sweaty HIIT session as it is antibacterial in its composition.
Hopefully this has given you more insight into how we've come to our decisions behind which fabrics to use for our range and we look forward to showing you what we've been working on!