In our work to create a concept with sustainable products and to be able to offer our customers and the environment the best, we are careful with what materials we choose to work with. When we say hand-picked and carefully selected, we mean it. We do not compromise on materials and production methods. Here you can read about some of the materials that we find are sustainably produced, good for our environment and for you who will live and use them.
Washed Organic Cotton
The cotton used in our cotton fabrics is organically grown. Organic grown cotton means that no chemical, pesticides or artificial fertilizers are used during the process. The land on which the cotton is grown must have been free of chemicals for at least three years. The cotton is also combed, which means that it is treated differently than ordinary cotton during harvesting and production. This treatment increases the softness of the fabric and makes it more durable.
Crinkle: The combed cotton is woven into Percale fabric with a density of 200 threads. The result is a matte, cool and crispy textile with a smooth surface. The yarn is twisted a bit extra in order to give a nice vintage look and gives it the wrinkled property that provides a cool feeling.
Waffle: Unlike Crinkle, the combed cotton yarn is woven with double yarn in both warp and weft. The yarn is woven to produce a textured fabric with grid-like patterns of recessed square shapes resembling a waffle iron. The texture of the waffle fabric gives the fabric properties that help to insulate and keep the heat. The fabric is also very absorbent and durable.
The fabrics are piece-dyed and then washed, which partly gives it a lovely vintage look but also makes it soft. This also means that each product is unique in its color and can differ slightly. Since it is washed the color and size will be preserved as you buy it.
Washed European Linen
Linen fabric is one of our oldest materials that is believed to originate from the stone age. The fabric is very durable and lasts for many years if it is handled properly. The linen fabric we use in our linen products is organically grown in Belgium. We have chosen to buy our linen fabric from within Europe as the environmental requirements are very high, which makes the environmental impact as low as possible. The climate in this part of the world is also beneficial for environmentally friendly production of linen. The rainy and cool climate means that the amount of pests is minimal. In addition, the linen is better than many other crops because it has some resistance to diseases.
The linen fabric is piece-dyed and then washed, which partly gives it a lovely vintage look but also makes it soft. This also means that each product is unique in its color and can differ slightly. Since it is washed the color and size will be preserved as you buy it.
Although there are several environmentally friendly ways of producing products today, recycled is always the best. A garment has the biggest environmental impact when it is first produced from raw materials. This is where most water, energy, and in some cases, chemicals and dyes are used. Being able to recycle and create new material from old garments or waste then becomes the better option. It extends both the life of the garment and the raw material, and prevents them from being thrown away, a good investment for our environment. To create recycled cotton, you tear the material and create textile strips. You then use these to spin new threads. When the fibers in the cotton are torn, they become shorter than in new cotton, so recycled cotton can be less durable than new. However, there are still many areas where they are well suited. One example is bed textiles and fabric bags.
Kantha is a type of embroidery used in some parts of India and Bangladesh. The embroidery is used to repair or recycle saris to create plaids and pillows. This is a tradition that began as a way of using the pieces of fabric that were left to create something of value such as a blanket to keep warmth. Over time this has become a tradition for generations and a way to create Kantha for loved ones. They embroid their kantha to tell stories and well wishes. Very detailed and elaborate Kanthas are usually used as wedding gifts or a gift for women who have just given birth.
These plaids are all unique and are made of saris in silk and cotton. The amount of material varies making each plaid unique. You can also see small holes in the fabrics from old stitches or repairs. This is the perfect way to recycle and create something that carries a history of the origin of the product.
This method of creating carpets of materials that are laying around has been ongoing in Sweden since the late 18th century. At that time, rag rugs were created of leftover yarn, thorns, nets that could not be used more, straw, bark and reeds. In those parts of the country where flax was grown, it was also used. The rag rug was born out of thrift, that everything should be used and nothing goes to waste. Rag rugs were started when the use for lump in papermaking stopped. The new production methods created opportunity to produce paper from wood. That left old fabrics and clothes that could be used as rags. The rags are stitched together into a long strip, which is then woven onto the mat. Rag rugs is a fantastic way to reuse material and also tells a story about which era they come from. Each rug will be completely unique even if they can have the same recycled sweater in them.
Vegetable tanned leather
Tanning is the procedure used to transform skin into useful leather. Tanning preserves the material and makes it durable. The most common method for tanning leather is chrome tanning. This method is very time-efficient but very damaging to our nature and the people in production. The better alternative is vegetable tanned leather. This leather is tanned with natural acids found in plant species such as bark, branches, leaves, roots and fruits. This type of tanning does not contain any harmful chemicals and the process is more time consuming. On the other hand the result holds its own class and over time the leather gets a patina that is outstandingly beautiful.
Recycling furniture is something that always has been done. Not only is it good for the environment not to produce new furniture but it adds a certain feeling and character to a home. Recycled furniture comes from homes where the test of time has set its mark and given the furniture its patina. It was always ideal to leave the furniture in its original condition but in some cases, one may need to renovate the furniture to strengthen the quality so that it lasts even longer. Sometimes the old furniture cannot be repaired to its original condition. Then they can be recycled or converted into something new. This is called re-design or upcycling. Then a new furniture is created for a new area of use but still has the patina of the original furniture. The only limit is you mind, so let your creativity flow.