Everything we make has an impact
The impact of the fabric and fibres that we create is the legacy that we leave, and for too long the fashion and textile industry has overlooked its impact on the natural environment and the people involved in its production. So instead of using what has always been used, we want to look for ways to have a lower impact on our planet and the people on it. We are really proud to share with you the materials that make up our garments.
PYRATEX® cosmetic IV
This tencel and seacell blend is PYRATEX® cosmetic IV: a skin caring fabric made from a USDA certified biobased fibre that is sustainably made and good for your skin. The seaweed used to make the Seacell fibre originates from the North Atlantic fjords and is rich in antioxidants (certified by European laboratories), vitamins and minerals which remain in the fibre when processed into fabric. The antioxidant properties of the seaweed helps the fibre eliminate free radicals while caring for your skin. The substances in seaweed have been found to help activate cell regeneration, which can help to soothe skin diseases and reduce inflammation. This naturally renewable ingredient grows quickly and without any chemicals to help it grow.
TencelTM is an innovative fibre made from the eucalyptus tree. It is manufactured by Lenzing and is sustainably made from the wood pulp of trees grown and harvested in certified FSC and PEFC forests. The eucalyptus trees don't require any nasty chemicals to grow as the oil they produce is a natural insecticide. When harvested, the trees are cut near the base, rather than being uprooted, meaning they grow back quickly and are an easy renewable resource. TencelTM is made using the 'Lyocell' process which is kinder to the planet and more environmentally friendly than other processes used to make fibres from wood, such as viscose bamboo. The Lyocell process is a 'closed-loop' system that uses a non-toxic chemical, amine oxide, to break down the wood fibres. It perpetually recycles 99% of the amine oxide, using less energy and water in the production and reducing waste.
In the world of natural fibres, cotton reigns supreme. But unfortunately, the life cycle of conventional cotton carries too high an impact on planet and people for us to feel good about using it. The fabrics we use are blended with organic cotton to improve their quality. Although organic cotton has its drawbacks (a lot of land is required to grow cotton), its impact on the earth is considerably less than conventional cotton. Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown without the use of chemicals, which means less pollution. This not only benefits the environment but also the farmers and communities that grow the organic cotton. The chemicals used to grow conventional cotton are inhaled by the farmers and the communities, end up in water supplies, are expensive for the farmers to buy and kill local plants and animals - all of which have devastating consequences to the communities. This is why, when we do use cotton, it's always organic - that includes everything from our trims and labels too!
It's so easy to forget about the thread that keeps your garments together. We currently use thread made from 100% recycled polyester (rPET) by Gütermann in Germany. Just one used plastic bottle can make about 1,000 meters of thread, giving a secondary use to those plastic bottles that would otherwise go to landfill or end up in our oceans.
We’re not going to stop improving!
At Onesta, we believe that being sustainable means having as little negative impact on the planet and its people as possible. We’re aware that anything we create leaves some sort of an impact, so we’re trying to limit the negative impact as much as possible. In terms of fabric, we need to consider all of the variables: from where and how it is grown, how it is harvested, how it is processed, the distance it has to travel between these processes, and all of the people who are involved in this journey. We are always searching and learning. Just because we’re using something now doesn’t mean we will use it forever – as technologies evolve so will we – and we hope that we can have less of a negative impact and more of a positive as time goes on.