Biologic Silk and Eco-Responsible Viscose
Our sustainable satin is a product with its own trade-mark registered in 2008 by our supplier located in Lake Como, Italy. It is a premium quality fabric with luxury performance which is composed of a mix of GOTS Certified biologic silk and EcoVero Viscose.
Since our sustainable satin carries the GOTS label, it means that it contains a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers, a product with the label grade 'organic' must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers. Organic fibers are natural fibers grown without the use of synthetic pesticides (such as insecticides), or herbicides and GMOs (Genetic Modified Organisms) according to the principles of organic agriculture. Organic agriculture is a production process that sustains the health of ecosystems, soils and people.
All steps in the processing, manufacturing and trading of organic textiles are covered by GOTS. All must be certified to strict ecological and social criteria in order for the product to carry the GOTS label. In this way, the GOTS puts an end to greenwashing.
LENZING ECOVERO fibers have a substantially smaller environmental footprint compared to generic viscose and are considered a premium quality environmentally friendly fiber brand based on transparency. The natural and renewable raw material, wood and pulp, comes from certified controlled sourced derived from sustainably managed forests.
BEYOND THE RAW MATERIAL
Since 2014, the supplier has been in collaboration with Rete Clima® – a non-profit environmental organization and has undertaken a path to calculate and compensate for the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by the company’s activities.
Instead of planting trees in a tropical forest in distant countries or remote areas, Rete Clima promotes compensation projects throughout the local territory and urban forestry, so that the projects can be visible and compensation can be a real, tangible activity, traceable in the territory.
In this way, patches of nature are established in an urban or semi-urban setting, which are able to produce positive effects as regards ecology, the ecosystem, temperature control and recreation.
The production of the supplier has been PFC-free since 2017. Because of their unique chemical properties (water- and oil-repellency, high thermal and chemical stability), PFCs (per- and polyfluorinated compounds) are used in numerous industrial processes including the water-repellent and stain-repellent treatments of outdoor clothing.
Once released in nature, they take an extremely long time to decompose, thus remaining in the environment for many years and, spreading all over the globe, they generate widespread pollution in surface waters (rivers and lakes), drinking water and groundwater, but also in the air and in domestic dust.
The supplier has a project aimed at education and schools and focuses on talented young people approaching the world of employment and the future of the sector. The discovery and promotion of new talents is one of the projects that the supplier believes in and pursues, creating specific projects with schools and academies.
This is not a standard project, repeated year after year, but rather the development of paths to be explored that link art, culture, Italian expertise and fabrics with experience, for the young participants, in the company ecosystem: from the knowledge of yarns and weaving techniques to the design of the products, to prototyping and the economic aspects related to marketing.
ITALIAN EXCELLENCE AND KNOW-HOW
The Italian sustainable silk is produced in the Lake Como area, which is well-known as the fabric district in Italy, specialized for luxury fabrics and in particular about satin-luxury fabrics. This specific production was built with its roots in this territory of craftsmanship, artisan excellence and specialized material production. The supplier springs from a long family tradition which began in the early twentieth century and is still a family operated business.
Until the Fifties, the supplier entrusted its looms to weavers who, working at home, produced the different fabrics and delivered the ordered pieces of material. In the early Sixties, at the height of the economic boom, the supplier “changed its skin” and built the first factory. The 8 looms owned by the company were withdrawn from the weavers’ homes and activity began on an “industrial” scale. Since then, it has developed constantly in terms of both the machinery used and the processes carried out, quality control and customer service.
The renewal and acquisition of new looms is a constant feature in the supplier’s history. Today it works with 29 machines that allow the production of a vast range of products, special processes made on request and which, in particular, allow the supplier to take its place on the market as a company in step with the times, constantly seeking the best new technologies applied to industry and to textile production.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) standard stipulates requirements throughout the supply chain for both ecological and labor conditions in textile and apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials. Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilizers. In addition, it includes welfare standards for animal husbandry and prohibits genetically modified organisms.
Pesticides: Pesticides are substances that are meant to control pests. The term pesticide includes all of the following: herbicide, insecticides nematicide, molluscicide, piscicide, avicide, rodenticide, bactericide, insect repellent, animal repellent, antimicrobial, fungicide, and lampricide
Herbicide: Herbicides, also commonly known as weedkillers, are substances used to control unwanted plants.
GMO: A genetically modified organism is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques
Free of per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals.
LENZING EcoVero fibers are certified by EU Ecolabel, a label of environmental excellence that is awarded to products and services meeting high environmental standard throughout their life-cycle. EcoVero has up to 50% lower water impact and up to 50% lower CO2 emissions to air than generic viscose, ultimately making the material an eco-responsible viscose fiber.