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3 Sustainable Fabrics To Have on Your Radar

3 Sustainable Fabrics To Have on Your Radar

September 01, 2022

Good things come in threes and the materials we work with are no exception. United by their sustainable nature and luxurious feel, our high-quality tops and accessories stand the test of time. They’ll help you to create timeless outfits you’ll enjoy wearing for work and play.

Combining bold designs and ridiculously high comfort levels, Moso bamboo, Repreve and Refibra create classic garments and accessories with an eco-friendly twist. Find out more about their sustainable DNA below. 

  1. Moso Bamboo

Moso bamboo is the bamboo you need in your life. Fast growing, it’s 100% organically grown in the lush Jiangxi Province of China without the use of pesticides. This benefits the local ecosystem through the absence of toxic chemicals.

A giant grass, it offers some pretty important benefits for the surrounding area where it’s grown. Our bamboo is FSC (Foresty Stewardship Council) grown and certified. Cut above the ground when harvested, this mighty grass’ root systems continue to strengthen riverbanks and protect against mudslides.

We continue this sustainable ethos throughout the manufacturing process. For example, our Moso bamboo blend has achieved OEKO-Tex standard 100 fabric, certified as having no dangerous substances such as AZO dyestuffs and phthalates added. Moso also produces a cashmere-soft fabric that’s perfect for boxers, scarves and socks. Yet, you can forget the high-maintenance nature of cashmere with bamboo – seriously, who has the time to comb their socks?

Moso bamboo is also sustainable in terms of the wildlife you associate with bamboo. No pandas go hungry as this variety isn’t to their liking. Buy from us safe in the knowledge that the production of Swole Panda’s Tanboocell branded bamboo doesn’t contribute to the loss of natural habitats.

Still on the fence about bamboo? Read The 5 ways Buying our Bamboo helps to Protect the Planet to discover even more of its planet-friendly benefits.

  1. REPREVE

We’re not just about bamboo – despite its awesome feel and versatility. Keen to promote pioneering fabrics, we’ve also designed unisex woven belts and recycled rope bracelets with strong eco credentials.

They’re sustainable because they’re made from REPREVE – the world’s number one brand of recycled performance fibre. What does this mean in real terms? Well, these accessories are made from previously discarded plastic bottles reclaimed from the sea. So, both you and the oceans will look better each time you buy from these collections.

REPREVE turns the material from seven plastic bottles into a stylish woven belt. This encourages a more sustainable world by diverting billions of bottles away from the plastic pollution problem. Reformulated into Repreve chips and fibres, this fibre has lower greenhouse gas emissions than belts that use traditional virgin fibres - Repreve helps to offset the use of petroleum, also saving water and energy.

Similarly, 10 of our cool recycled rope bracelets are made using one plastic bottle. Available in a range of solid and zigzag colour combinations, you can heed the call of adventure – or at least emulate those effortlessly cool outdoorsy types – every time you sport one of these bracelets.

  1. REFIBRA

Never one to stand still, we launched our Refibra range of Polo shirts and T-shirts earlier this year. Pioneering a better future, we’re one of the first companies to use TENCEL Lyocell fibres with REFIBRA. But what does this mean in terms of the fabric’s sustainability?

Upcycled cotton scraps that would have previously been thrown away, possibly ending up in landfill, are instead repurposed and turned into cotton pulp. Up to a third of this pulp is later added to wood pulp. This combined material produces a new virgin TENCEL Lyocell fibre that creates super soft, breathable and sustainable clothing.

This repurposing of (otherwise discarded) cotton scraps removes potential garment waste from the environment. Recently, there were shocking scenes showing the Mountain Of Unwanted Brit Clothes Washing Up On African Beaches. With “around 15 million articles of clothing end up in Accra from other countries” every single week, this statistic demonstrates the need for slow fashion and responsible manufacturing. We hope to bring about change through our processes and values; promoting a circular economy.

 

Each of these three fibres offers you more than their stylish design and soft ‘feel’. Browse individual product descriptions in our official online store to discover more about each environmentally-friendly material. Also, you can join our Loyalty Club that rewards you for shopping sustainably.



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Size Guide

WHAT IS MY WRIST-SIZE?

How to select the right size:

Use a tape measure to check your wrist size and select the right size. Please note that the wrist size is not the same as the length of a bracelet. The sizes below are the circumference of your wrist.

BRACELET SIZE  WRIST SIZE (CM)
WRIST SIZE (INCHES)
S 15-17 5.9-6.7
M 18-19 7-7.5
L 20-21 7.9-8.3

 

UNISEX TOP SIZE GUIDE

SIZE
 CHEST (IN)
CHEST (CM)
S
38
97
M
41
104
L
43
109
XL
45
114
XXL
47
119