How alpaca knitwear makes the future better for our kidsby Heleen DevosWhat makes alpaca wool so special compared to other wool types?
Alpaca wool is a very fine material. Baby alpaca wool is used for extra soft jerseys, ideal for our kids. This wool does not come from young animals, but comes from the back of an adult alpaca. The back is a place that is the least soiled and produces very soft wool.
How to care for your organic cotton facemask?by Heleen Devos
Whilst science is not very clear yet on how effective cotton face masks are in protecting the person who wears them against COVID-19, research shows that societies that wear masks are more successful in flattening the curve.
Now, caring for your face mask is very important too. Here are some recommendations to keep your organic cotton clean and in shape.
Why we stitch with recycled polyesterby Samantha Thouret
When producing our prototypes in February 2019, our Cambodian workshops (Fairsew and PSE) used their standard polyester sewing yarn. Polyester is the most commonly used yarn, as it is strong and offers an impressive choice of colours at a low cost.
Because we wanted to avoid polyester, we looked at many alternatives. With the help of Anneliese from Fairsew, we opted for recycled polyester.
A dress of milk? Yes, coming soon!by Samantha Thouret
When I started searching for organic fabrics for our first ethical kids collection, I had not expected to discover so many natural fibers! There is ample choice: linen, banana fiber, hemp, alpaca, lyocell from eucalyptus, Lenpur from white pine, Ingeo fiber fromcorn sugar, fiberglass nettle, organic cotton, coconut fiber, bamboo fiber, apple leather and milk fiber.
What’s in my clothes? Not these toxic substances.by Heleen Devos
When we started out, Samantha and I had no idea of how toxic the fashion business really is. In the two years we have been working at The Extra Smile, we have read and researched many articles and sources, and we have felt shocked, scared and angry while reading them.
Then, when we applied for referencing by the French app Clearfashion, we learned about the health harzards of some toxic substances.
Much ado about polyester?by Heleen Devos
When it came to embroidering our T-shirts, we came across an unexpected sustainability challenge: our supplier’s embroidery machines are set up to work with polyester yarn. Surely this was not a problem?
Well, we thought it was. We had made all this effort to source and pay for GOTS-certified cotton, and then we’d pollute them with polyester embroidery? We couldn’t let that happen.