As part of our latest capsule collection release, sustainable fibers were integrated in our “Cupro Tees”. But how sustainable are these and are they any good?
The Cupro Tees from our latest drop are made from “regenerated fibres”. Regenerated cellulose fibres are fibers that originate from plants and are chemically produced.
But, what are the fibres that we used? It's Cupro and Lyocell. Two variations of the semi-synthetic Rayon fiber.
CUPRO (also known as Cuprammonium Rayon)
According to Fashionary’s Textilepedia, “Cupro is a cotton linter regenerated fiber with a solku, smooth texture and a shiny surface. The fiber is anti-static, stretchable and can regulate body temperature, which is why it is widely used as interfacing.” (cr: textilepedia)
Also, the cupro fabric can also be created with discarded and recycled cotton which makes the fabric much more sustainable.
LYOCELL (also known as Tencel)
The other fiber that we used is Lyocell and Fashionary’s description of it are as follows.
“Lyocell is a bleached wood pulp fiber with tensibility and the ability to absorb moisture. It is stronger and more breathable than rayon viscose and also the most environmentally-friendly option among all silk all rayon variations. It is also an eco-silk alternative as it can be spun into long yarns that are silky and smooth. The fiber is often used for sportswear or lingerie.” (cr: textilepedia)
Both Cupro and Lyocell are produced in a 'closed loop' which means the chemicals used can be extracted after and the water reused. They have a lower environmental impact compared to other regenerated cellulose fibres.
What we love about this fabric is not only is it sustainable but it offers the comfort that we all dream to be wearing. The blend of cupro and lyocell makes the fabric extra smooth, soft and lustrous. Weighing 250gsm, this double jersey drapes like heavy silk but are 'Vegan friendly'. It helps to absorb moisture and regulate body temperature, making it really comfortable to wear throughout the seasons.
If these descriptions are too good to be true then you may visit our studio to experience the incredible hand-feel of our latest T-shirts yourself! We’d be happy to help you with your inquiries.
For extended and in-depth knowledge, check out our sources on the ff:
Sustainable Fashion. 2016. Cupro, Tencel, Lyocell, Modal, Viscose, Rayon Fabrics, What Are They Made Of?. [online] Available at: <https://www.sustainablefashion.com.au/blogs/news/cupro-tencel-lyocel-modal-viscose-rayon-fabrics-what-are-they-made-of> [Accessed 20 November 2020].
Hodakel, B., 2020. What Is Cupro Fabric: Properties, How Its Made And Where. [online] Sewport. Available at: <https://sewport.com/fabrics-directory/cupro-fabric> [Accessed 20 November 2020].
2020. Textilepedia: The Complete Fabric Guide. Hong Kong: Fashionary International Ltd, p.46.
Hodakel, B., 2020. What Is Lyocell Fabric: Properties, How Its Made And Where. [online] Sewport. Available at: <https://sewport.com/fabrics-directory/lyocell-fabric> [Accessed 20 November 2020].