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Our materials are something we are truly proud of, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to learn about sustainable materials and how and why these are better for our planet. We pledge to use as many sustainable materials as possible but in some cases, innovation just may not be there yet. If this is ever the case, we ensure we only ever consider lower impact certified fabrics.
Below you will find our fabric library containing information around our materials:
nu-in's seamless activewear is made from certified 92% Recycled Polyamide Q-NOVA yarn. The yarn is made from production waste and saves on energy consumption and reduces CO2 emissions. The process also cuts down water usage by up to 90% compared to regular polyamide production. Q-NOVA Polyamide creates a high quality, breathable, lightweight fabric with moisture control that keeps the skin fresh and dry. The yarn is infused with antibacterial properties that neutralize odours and eliminate bacteria and fungal build up on the textile. Approved by the WHO, the treatment is non toxic and eco-friendly.
Ecotec cotton is a certified, up-cycled yarn made from production yarn waste, used clothes, and plastic bottles. Ecotec yarn has a circular life span where no waste ends up in landfill. Instead, once the product is worn, it is regenerated into new yarn to produce new garments. This process reduces the environmental impact by reducing CO2 emissions and saving water and energy consumption.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers. It also emits up to 46% less greenhouse gases than non-organic cotton. By using organic cotton, we are able to save energy and water which helps to combat climate change. We also love the fact that organic cotton can biodegrade in the same amount of time as an apple core.
Recycled cotton is made from production scraps and off cuts as well as used garments. Once the cotton has been collected, it is then sorted by colour, shredded and spun into new yarn. As most recycled cotton is already dyed, this also helps minimize the use of harmful chemicals in the production process. By choosing to regenerate cotton in such a way, we are ensuring we keep the material out of landfill.
If the material cannot be used anymore, it can be re-made into low grade products such as rags to clean aeroplanes, insulation and mop heads.
Recycled polyester is made by breaking down used plastic by melting it and spinning it into polyester yarn. The benefits of recycled polyester are huge. It reduces our reliance on virgin petroleum as a raw material, as well as reducing CO2 emissions and minimising the use of water and energy. By diverting single use plastic away from landfills we are preventing it from ending up in the ocean, harming marine life. Unlike cotton, recycled polyester can be recycled over and over again without losing its quality.