Of the right stuff
Choosing the right material is ever so important. More sustainable fabrics have a much smaller environmental footprint than other fabric choices, and are less harmful for both humans and wildlife. All the sustainable fabric we use are certified from independent third party accredited agencies. Take a look at our go-to-choices for materials!
Fabrics and the fashion industry
The raw material of the fabric is a crucial decision in the making of a garment from both a durability and an environmental perspective. Choosing more sustainable materials is vastly helping to reduce the environmental impact. More sustainable materials are from organic, renewable or recyclable sources, and/or use less water, energy and/or chemicals in their production compared to conventional alternatives
Why is it important with organic materials?
Because we can save 11 bathtubs of water per t-shirt.
The cotton plant thrives in warm climates. Since it requires a lot of water to grow, farmers often use artificial irrigation. Except for the cultivation, there is also large amounts of water used for the dyeing and preparation of the textiles. It is estimated that about 2,500 litres of water is spent in the production of a normal t-shirt. Choosing to use organic cotton cuts the water need with an average of about 70%.
Why is it important with recycled materials?
Because it’s an environmental double win.
Recycled materials are a double win for the environment. Not only does it keep waste material from ending up in landfills, it also reduces the need for virgin materials and it’s production resources – saving chemicals, energy and water.
Recycled fabric is mostly from textile remnants in production, but also increasingly from used and loved garments that have been collected for recycling. There are new technologies coming that can recycle the fibres to make new yarns and fabric. It’s not yet in large scale commercial settings, but we are heading there fast and soon.
The problem with polyester
Polyester and polyamide are artificial fibres. They have durable qualities, but are oil-based and hence manufactured from non-renewable sources. Apart from this, they can release microplastic fibers when washed. Microplastics are too small for the treatment plants to catch, and they end up in the seas. That’s why we at NA‑KD are working to expand the use of recycled polyester. This allows us to reduce the pressure on natural resources and climate impact.