We collect our textiles with a healthy environmental perspective.
Hemp, the fiber we specialize in, is of inherent high quality and has a durable nature thanks to its long fibers. Hemp as a cloth has a comfortable, and flattering drape to it that sweetens with age. It absorbs and releases perspiration quickly and breathes well. The hemp plant grows rapidly and requires little water and no pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides. Its deep roots actually improve the soil in which it’s grown. Our hemp is blended with other fibers including organic cotton, tencel, and recycled pop bottles (rPET)!
Organic cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials that lessen the impact on our environment. Organic Cotton uses growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton uses far less water than conventional cotton, and it's crops aren't treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms. Our hemp blended OG cotton milled in China, while our 100% Organic Cotton textiles are milled in the US.
Tencel is made by combining wood pulp, produced from sustainably harvested eucalyptus trees, with a nontoxic solvent of which is recovered and reused, in a process known as closed-loop manufacturing. Tencel has an ability to absorb excess liquid (perspiration) and quickly release it into the atmosphere. It does this while being resistant to developing odors.
RPET (recycled polyethylene terephtalate) which is in our Hemp/rPET blend comes from plastic that has already been used for packaging, such as bottled water and soda pop. This plastic is sorted, cleaned, melted, and pulled into lengths, blended with hemp, and used to spin yarn to then be woven into fabric. This transforms trash into functional clothing. RPET is considered a sustainable fiber because it uses 90% less water in the manufacturing process, and it’s carbon footprint is 75% lower than that of virgin PET (polyester).
Mills: Our hemp blended fabrics are cultivated without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides in China. The mills from which our Chinese fabrics are sourced have the latest health and safety systems in place. Mill workers have many of their living expenses paid for including: rent, education, day care, retirement programs, and medical. They are also paid wages. There is no child labor, forced labor, or overtaxed mill workers. We also work with U.S.A. made Pendleton wool fabric, which is milled in Washington, our neighboring state.
Dye Process: We dye the cloth in small batches using low impact fiber reactive dyes to create an array of natural earth-inspired colors. While dyeing on a small scale, colors may vary slightly from dye batch to dye batch also giving our product that same uniqueness.