I am switching to recycled fabric for twelve of my products. It is a change I have been longing to make and I'm super excited to announce I've found the perfect recycled fabric!
Let me tell you a bit more about it...
Why have I chosen to start using recycled fabric?
I am constantly looking for ways to improve myself and how I make your lingerie. So I've naturally always been looking for eco-friendly alternatives to any synthetic materials I use, especially for all the black see-through pieces from my collections. These pieces of lingerie are some of my most successful creations, I sew a lot of them year after year and I'm so glad I'm finally able to make them more sustainable.
Finding alternatives is not necessarily an easy task since materials such as nylon are not widely recycled as it is neither easy or cheap to recycle and polymers are usually pretty cheap to buy new. I also needed it to be of the same quality, with the same softness and I wanted a fabric I could transition to without rising prices. So my research took some time but the extensible black tulle made of recycled fibers I did find is simply wonderful and worth all the wait.
What is it made of?
The new extensible black tulle I'll be using is made of Q-Nova recycled polyamide stretched with Roica EF.
Q-Nova is an environmentally-sustainable recycled nylon 6.6 fibre made from waste materials coming from the factory's main production cycle. These materials could not have been reused in any other way and would have otherwise been disposed as external waste. The way the materials are recycled is also sustainable as it is done so by the innovative MCS process - a locally-based mechanical regeneration system which does not involve using chemical materials which would detract from the sustainability of the end product. The other component of this fabric is Roica EF, it is what makes it stretchy. It is a sustainable yarn part of the ROICA Eco-Smart family, it is the world’s first recycled elastic polyurethane filament (spandex) product, as well as an environmentally friendly spandex product featuring low oil content.
Is it certified?
Both components are certified and traced by the Global Recycle Standard system. Q-NOVA is also certified and traced by the European ECOLABEL EU system and by the OEKO-TEX STD 100 CLASS I system.
All these certifications vouch for the integrity of the fibre.
What are the benefits?
- BREATHABILITY
The Q-NOVA mélange boasts excellent moisture control meaning that the skin stays fresh and dry.
- LIGHTNESS
The new elastic tulle I will be using is much lighter while also being of the same quality as a fabric made from regular polyester (it weights 42.19g/m², the one I was using before weights 70g/m²)
- EASY TO CARE AFTER
Fabrics made with Q-NOVA yarns are easy to care after as it dries quickly and does not require ironing.