Sustainable Materials

Our Sustainable Materials

All materials have an impact on our planet, but some are more sustainable than others.

We are committed to creating the most sustainable products we can source, whilst staying true

to the premium quality and soft fabrics that our customers have come to expect and love.

We are proud to announce that for 2020 we are converting our cotton range to organic cotton,

where possible. We have stopped buying polyester and all other plastic derived fabrics

throughout the entire Aspiga collection. We shall also continue to use linen, one of the

worlds most eco-friendly biodegradable fabrics.

 

If you would like to learn more about

our fibres please keep on reading.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown without harmful chemicals, leaving the soil, air and water free from contaminants that cause harm.

 

Our garments are 100% GOTS Approved (Global Organic Textile Standard Certified)

 

Organic cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than regular cotton.

 

Why we love Organic Cotton

 

Reduces Environmental Impact

The main benefit of organic cotton is that the crops aren't treated with pesticides,

insecticides, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms. These toxins are

harmful to farmers and workers, us as consumers, and entire wildlife eco-systems.

 

Fair Price for Sustainability

When you buy organic cotton you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air,

better soil and farmer livelihoods. Organic cotton is hand-picked, which means that it retains it's

form, making it feel softer on your skin, and better looking (always important). Aside from that, organic

cotton is chemical free and hypoallergenic. The price for organic cotton is therefore slightly higher.

 

You can make a Difference

Caring for the world, and the people we share it with is a life choice.

Choosing organic cotton is part of this choice. In 2015, 26 million metric tonnes of

cotton was produced globally, much of it for the clothing industry. Organic cotton makes

up less than 1% of this. By choosing organic over conventional cotton you have the

purchasing power to influence brands, manufacturers and even farmers.

We’re proud to be helping change this number!

 

Linen

Linen is a naturally biodegradable fibre and can easily be recycled and regenerated.

 

Linen is uniquely strong, breathable, and actually improves with age.

 

Linen has a very low environmental footprint as it needs very little water to grow. Additionally the whole plant is used, meaning no waste!

 

Why we love Linen

 

The Ultimate Natural Fibre

 

A high proportion of our range in made from linen. Aside from its aesthetic appeal,

there are lots of reasons why we love linen. Linen is derived from the flax plant,

the second-most highly productive fibre crop after hemp. It grows very successfully

with limited use of herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals. The process of

turning the flax into linen is also simple and chemical-free.

 

The beauty of flax is its resilience. It can be grown in poor soils and requires very little

water; the flax plant can thrive with just rainwater and without the need for irrigation.

 

Linen is uniquely strong, it is a very hardwearing fabric, which means you can use our

linen products for longer and replace them less often. When linen finally does

come to the end of its life, the fibres biodegrade quicker than most fabrics.

 

Viscose

Viscose fibre has a unique surface groove structure that makes it extremely smooth, soft and breathable.

 

Viscose starts its life as a tree, and because trees are a renewable source, viscose is frequently cited as being both environmentally friendly and sustainable

 

100% Biodegradable

 

Why we love Viscose

 

The Forest Fibre

 

The Future of Viscose

We want to move 50% of our collection to made of recycled cellulose fibres by 2021.

Instead of coming from the forests these innovative cellulose fibres are being

made from recycled materials such as used cotton garments and agricultural residues

(the materials left over after crops have been harvested).

 

 

Glass Beads

Glass is a fully recyclable material that can be recycled infinite times

 

Our beaded sandals, bags and belts are handcrafted by Kenyan and Indian artisans. We are proud to keep this art alive through trade.

The glass beads are coloured using natural dyes.

 

Why we love Glass

 

Leather

Leather has the ability to last generations. It can last a lifetime and be passed down from mother to daughter.

 

We only use leather that is a byproduct of the meat industry

Our leather is dried in the sun and coloured using natural dyes.

 

Why we use Leather

 

Leather has been embraced and celebrated by our Kenyan artisans for generations.

By rejecting leather we would destroy many jobs for individuals who rely on the leather

industry for their livelihood.

 

Leather can last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations.

It is the antithesis of fast fashion

 

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