Svala is committed to producing sustainably and are always on the lookout for new eco-conscious, sustainable fabrics, as well as, dyeing and manufacturing processes. Below is a list of the fabrics which we use:
Cotton is a great, natural fabric, perfect for everyday wear. However, conventional cotton cultivation can be extremely toxic, using approximately 16% of the world’s pesticides although it is grown on just 2.5% of the world’s arable land. These chemicals from synthetic pesticides can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply and can have many negative effects on humans and wildlife.
Organic cotton agriculture doesn’t use toxic and persistent pesticides. Instead, natural fertilizers are used such as compost and animal manure, that recycles the nitrogen already in the soil rather than adding more. Organic cotton farming uses crop rotation to replenish and maintain soil fertility and mechanical cultivation and botanical or biological means are used to control pests and weeds. Organic cotton farming has a lower carbon footprint as the entire process emits fewer greenhouse gases.
Svala uses reclaimed factory surplus lace trims and fabrics which are leftover from manufacturing. This helps to reduce waste by using existing fabrics which might otherwise be discarded.
We chose to use viscose from bamboo in our line as we feel that bamboo is a wonderful, sustainable plant. It is a renewable resource which is one of the fastest growing plants in the world, capable of growing 39 inches or more in a day. Bamboo regenerates without planting and can be harvested in 2-5 years depending on the species. It requires no irrigation and is grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers which pollute the earth. The bamboo plant generates approximately 30% more oxygen than trees and is considered to be a critical element in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. It is also a great soil erosion inhibitor and helps mitigate water pollution due to its high nitrogen consumption.
As a fabric, we have found viscose from bamboo to be incredibly soft and cozy, very absorbent, thermal regulating and breathable. An absolute pleasure to wear everyday and sleep in.
Bamboo Fabric Supplier
Our fabric supplier produces viscose from bamboo out of Tanboocel bamboo fiber from Bambro Tex. This fiber is made from natural organic bamboo in China, which has an abundant supply of bamboo and boasts over 400 species of the plant. The bamboo used and processed is certified by the Organic Crops Improvement Association (OCIA) which certifies the bamboo as organic bamboo under “wild crops” and certified organic under “organic farms”.
The main chemical in processing the bamboo fiber into viscose is caustic soda or CS2, one of the most widely chemicals used in the world. This chemical is used in production of paper, soap making, food production and nearly all cotton fabrics including organic cotton (during the wet processing). It is approved for use on textiles under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
The process is done in a hermetic container where 100% of the chemicals that are used are trapped and contained, not released into the factory, environment or atmosphere and 73% of CS2’s are recycled while 26% are recycled into Sulfuric Acid (H2S04). Bambro Tex does not claim that the whole process is “green” but they do strive to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Tanboocel bamboo fiber has also passed Oeko-Tex Standard 100 which is an industry leader when it comes to testing harmful substances. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a certification of a product at a given point in the manufacturing process that states that there are no chemicals present in the product, at that point in the processing, that would be harmful to human health. All the viscose from bamboo that we purchase is Oeko Tex 100 certified.
Marketing and Packaging
Svala clothing labels are made from organic cotton and the hang tags and promotional materials are made with recycled paper.