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Pigments extracted and managed in an environmentally friendly way, without polluting the environment and ecosystem.

Also called natural yarns, they’re obtained directly from nature and are made into fabrics through mechanical processes of twisting, cleaning and finishing. They can be obtained from fruit, leaves, bark and wood. The main textile plants are: the Cotton crop, the Jute (to make ropes), Flax (stem with rigid filaments), Sisal and Rami (both similar to Flax).

The elements of the natural environment that human beings use to sustain life. Generally, natural resources are classified into two major groups: non-renewable sources (oil, coal and minerals) and renewable resources that are able to self-regenerate (flora, fauna, soil, water and air).

Nettle fabric is developed from the Brennessel plant and was very popular in the Middle-Ages when upper-class ladies preferred it over silk. This plant grows in almost all types of soils and it requires very little fertilization because the minerals are not leached out of the ground. Brennessel is naturally resistant to vermin and many parasites and can be grown without pesticides and herbicides. It can be more finely woven than cotton and can have the gloss of silk. The fiber is hollow and this makes it possible for nettle fabric to breathe and be insulating at the same time. Read more on this exciting fiber in our Magazine issue on fiber.

When a product is non-toxic, it has the least amount of toxic run-off into the environment: 5% compared to 50-60% in traditional dye methods for example. On this website, we often use the word non-toxic when talking about dyes, although it can also refer to other products.

  
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