Cotton - 100% Organic
organic cotton can come in a knit or woven fabric. dear earth uses organic cotton in a variety of knits including jersey, terry, and velour. cotton is both a durable and highly comfortable fabric with many uses. organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or other chemicals where as a traditional cotton t-shirt can contain as much as 1/3 pound of synthetic fertilizers and other chemicals.
soft and smooth, bamboo is an extremely comfortable and beautiful fabric. it is often blended with cotton or spandex and is perfect for skin close items like underwear, t-shirts and comfortable pants. farming bamboo does not generally require any pesticides or herbicides and it replenishes at a relatively fast rate.
hemp is one of the strongest fibers in the world. it has been manufactured for thousands of years although mainly limited to industrial uses because of the coarseness of the fiber. it wasn't until the 1980's that hemp was successfully degummed, a process that removes plant lignans, making it soft enough for use in apparel. hemp is now widely used in clothing because of its durable, yet comfortable textile properties. hemp is often blended with other fabrics like cotton and silk, giving it even more versatility and appeal.
a natural, renewable and biodegradable protein fiber. Wool is strong yet soft, with temperature-regulating properties making it an excellent natural insulators in different environments. Products made with wool are naturally breathable, wrinkle-resistant, and retain shape extremely well.
Lyocell (Tencel & Modal)
a wood pulp fiber with properties similar to rayon. Lyocell production is extremely managed with strict guidelines regarding tree replanting and fiber processing in a system that recovers 99.6% of the solvent. Tencel and Modal are trademark name brands of the fabric.
silk is one of the finest fabrics in the world and is generally used for finer apparel. silk is a fiber spun from the cocoon of the bombyx mori caterpillar, commonly known as a silkworm. peace silk is made by allowing the silkworm to emerge from the cocoon naturally, instead of being boiled inside the cocoon like conventional silk.
Recycled / Re-purposed Fabric
this is the name given to fabric that was previously used in another garment. generally acquired from a vintage or thrift store, the garment is disassembled and the fabric is then turned into another piece of clothing, or combined with other fabrics to do so.
soy fabric is a soft and luxurious fabric that has even been compared to cashmere. the fiber comes from the manufactured waste created during tofu (processed soybeans) production, making it incredibly sustainable. soy fabric wears well and blends well with other fabrics including cotton and spandex.
there are a number of dye processes for natural fabrics. dear earth uses a method called fiber reactive in which the fibers and the dye form a permanent bond. this not only produces long-lasting color in apparel, but minimizes dye run-off which is harmful to the environment.