OUR MATERIALS

Sustainable Materials

We want to make it as easy as possible for people to learn about our sustainable materials and how and why these are better for our planet. Below you will find our fabric library containing information around our materials:


ORGANIC COTTON

A natural fibre that’s grown organically without the use of pesticides.

Organic cotton is a great alternative to regular cotton. It’s grown without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers. These chemicals have an enormous impact on the earth's air, water a soil and the health of the people working closely with these pesticides. The chemicals that make up the pesticides used in regular cotton are amongst the highest toxicity levels known to mankind.

By 2025, two thirds of the worlds population may face water shortages - Organic cotton relies heavily on natural rain - meaning it uses 88% less water than regular cotton reducing pressure on local water sources. It also uses 62% less energy versus conventional cotton farming.

When you buy organic cotton you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil and fairer livelihoods.

RECYCLED COTTON

A repurposed fibre from production waste and old consumer waste.

Recycled cotton can generally be described as repurposing a previous cotton fabric into a new fibre. Taking both pre consumer waste - production waste such as off cuts from the factory and post consumer waste - clothes, towels and household items.

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 downcycled into low grade products such as rags to clean aeroplanes, insulation and mop heads.

Recycled cotton reduces water consumption by up to 55%. It uses up to 62% less energy and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 35% versus regular cotton.

RECYCLED POLYESTER

A material made from recycled plastic bottles and post consumer polyester products.

Recycled polyester is generally 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 compared to regular polyester - It uses 59% less energy and reduces CO2 emissions by 32% compared to regular polyester production.

The EU estimates around 26 million tonnes of plastic waste is sent to landfills every single year.

By diverting single use plastic away from landfills we are preventing it from ending up in the ocean, harming marine life. Recycled polyester can be recycled over and over again without losing its quality.

SEAQUAL

A high quality recycled polyester taking plastic waste out of the oceans and regenerating into clothes.

Every year 12 million tonnes of plastic is dumped into our oceans. That’s a lot of unnecessary waste.

Seaqual is one of the most certified, earth friendly fibres in the world. It’s made from plastic recovered from the sea and old plastic bottles.

By using waste taken from the oceans, Seaqual not only saves energy and water in the textile production process, it also combats ocean pollution, helping to preserve nature making it one of the most eco-friendly and certified fibres in the world.

ECOTEC COTTON

An upcycled material made from production waste.

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.

LYOCELL (TENCEL)

A soft breathable fabric made from dissolved tree pulp.

Wood from oak and eucalyptus trees is cut into tiny pieces and mashed into pulp. The pulp is broken down into a viscose cellulose ready to be woven into a fabric known as Lyocell or Tencell.

The production of lyocell produces no harmful byproducts and unlike other forms of forest production the farming of the trees to produce lyocell does not require irrigation or pesticides.

The amino acid that is used in the initial process of breaking down the tree pulp to a viscose sludge is non toxic and reusable. Lyocell is considered an extremely sustainable material.

RECYCLED POLYAMIDE

A material recycled from carpets, old fishing nets and manufacturing waste.

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.

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