Eucalyptus is a fast-growing tree with the potential to be an ethical and eco-friendly material for the fashion industry, but only if it is planted in the right place.
Eucalyptus Fiber is made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees.
The eucalyptus goes through a similar process as other semi-synthetic natural fibres, such as Viscous bamboo fabric, but the process used to make eucalyptus is more eco-friendly.
To make Eucalyptus garments, the eucalyptus wood is pulped, reduced down into a cellulose viscous solution that is forced through spinnerets. These stringy fibres that come out of the nozzle are spun into a soft, lightweight and breathable fabric called Tencel.
The only chemical used in the Tencel manufacturing process is the non-toxic solvent, amine oxide, that allows closed loop processing where up to 99% of the chemical is perpetually re-used, minimising the impact on the environment and conserving energy and water.
Eucalyptus fiber is eco-friendly since products made from it can be recycled and it is biodegradable because it is a cellulosic fiber. Products made from Lyocell can be recycled or digested in sewage. The fibre will usually degrade completely in just eight days in waste treatment plants.
Rose Petal Fiber is another one of the new vegan handwoven fibers made from roses. The rose petal fiber is extracted from the natural waste of rose petals and rose bushes. Then is the fiber stripped and processed to create a luxurious soft spinning fiber, similar to silk.
Rose petal fiber is very fine and quite slippery so it needs to be spun with a tight twist.
This fiber is an environmentally friendly, green eco fiber and it is bio-degradable.
Raw silk is the most natural form of delicate fiber which can get easily and smoothly woven into different fabrics and garments.
Only the cocoons of the silk producing worms are used and it is therefore vegan. Once the silkworm completes cocoon, the cocoon is placed in boiling water to get individual longer fibers which used in the spinning reel. Then the silk is boiled in soap and water, leaving it soft and lustrous.
The yarns are used to weave in together and form the finest and the most delicate form of texture, which has never faded in its popularity through the decades.
It is considered to be the oldest and the finest fabrics across the world. According to Indian History, this shimmering fabric traces its roots of origin and existence way back to the Indus Valley Civilization.
In Nepal, Himalayan nettle grows wild in fertile forest soils in altitudes ranging from 1200 to 3000 metres. It can be an annual or a short lived perennial plant up to 1.5 metres in height. All parts of the plants are covered in thorn-like stinging hairs.
Himalayan nettle plants have been uses for centuries as a fibre source. The fibre comes from the stem, and it is very long and strong, similar to ramie. After cutting the stem, the bark is removed and peeled and fibre is extracted.
It has traditionally been made into cordage for string, ropes and fishing nets, but it is also spun into yarns and used to weave durable jackets, mats, bags and blankets. Himalayan nettle fibre can be blended with ramie, cotton and wool.
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fibre that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants. The plant is a shrub native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world, including the Americas, Africa, and India. The fibre most often is spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile, which is the most widely used natural-fibre cloth in clothing today.
Organic cotton is a more positive and sustainable alternative than conventional cotton. It is made from non-genetically modified plants that are grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides. This makes it better for the environment, the climate and the health of the people involved.
Instead of using fertilizers, farmers will either: use organic sprays such as garlic, chillies and soap that get rid of the wrong insects without affecting the good ones; or they will companion plant, using other species in between the cotton to deter and confuse pests. Many cotton pests prefer maize, sunflower, sweet sorghum, pigeon pea and ocra to cotton, so these are used as trap crops, keeping pests away from the cotton plants.
Organic cotton is not only softer on your skin, but it has huge positive environmental impacts too.
Without the use of pesticides, beneficial insects remain in the ecosystem, biodiversity is conserved, soil has higher organic matter content which prevents soil erosion, and any water run-off is safe from chemicals which protects surrounding plants, waterways and therefore anyone who uses that water. It is also safer for the farmers, who are not breathing in or digesting harmful pesticides and herbicides.
Organic cotton provides high quality products that are soft and breathable – much kinder to the skin.
Unfortunately, less than 0.1% of global cotton production is organic – But we are here to bring the change!