For a small start-up focussed on keeping our carbon emissions down as much as possible, plus supplying both big & emerging designers with sustainable textiles suited to varying budgets, one of our challenges is getting Sample Books out (thankfully it’s easier to meet the low MOQs).
It’s tricky because many people haven’t even touched these types of sustainable textiles let alone designed with them.
Soooo to fasten up this process I’m suggesting that designers can also investigate Satins and viscose/lyocell by visiting a fabric store (also means we cut down on our courier carbon footprint 😍)
Most stores stock plastic polyester Satins and non-certified viscose in a range of gsms weights plus there’s minimal difference in drape.
The big difference is of course how it’s sourced & made, and this absolutely does translate to the handle and feel.
Most designers agree that eco-fabrics have a much more beautiful feel than the un-sustainable version (Let alone the ethics and karma).
Other fabrics I’ve felt include a Spotlight lightweight polyester Charmeuse Satin (approx 100-150gsm) and a Romance Delustered Satin which is 200gsm. For comparison our TENCEL™ Satin (in a range of colours or digital prints) is 135gsm and Tencel Patta is 135gsm.
As for our TENCEL™ wovens and knits, the “regular” viscose, or as I call it #deforestation viscose is much more beautiful when it’s made sustainably, and IMO the EcoVero™ has an even more earthy, soft and natural feel than it’s “sister fabric” TENCEL™.
That’s possibly because the wood pulp follows even more #circularfashion principles with 99.8% Closed Loop.
Yes it’s contovertial but I think that learning about “good” and “bad” textiles can come from all kinds of sources. So venture out to some fabric stores and then buy sustainable textiles knowing they are by far a better product for everyone on the supply chain - you, your customer, the workers, the makers, the farmers and the environment.