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Fabric: The foundation of sPUNKy

The sPUNKy choice: Fabric

At sPUNKy, we spent months researching what fabric we wanted to be the backbone of sPUNKy diapers. And for us to be at peace with our decision, this fabric or fiber had to uphold the values we wanted in our brand overall: sustainability, comfort, sensitivity, and effectiveness.

As a brand that would be so dependent on fibers, sustainability was a very important, maybe the most important factor behind our decision. The fashion industry, fast fashion in particular, is known for being a leader in unsustainable practices: producing waste, producing too much, and sometimes, undervaluing human labor. Therefore, once we entered even part of this space, we wanted to put sustainability at the forefront.

Since fabric fibers were going to be a part of everything we do at sPUNKy, it was important to us to pick the right ones. Well, ones that we felt confident in.  

 

Tencel Lyocell: the new and improved “bamboo”

What makes Tencel Lyocell an amazing choice and why are we at sPUNKy so loyal to this fiber?

Tencel Lyocell is made predominantly from raw wood fibers, and most often from eucalyptus. While, often, other rayon fibers such as (bamboo, modal, and soy) can involve highly dangerous chemical processes (sodium hydroxide), Tencel is made using natural amine acids. Its process from start to finish is also much shorter than that of other rayons. (In a short aside, these dangerous chemical processes are not sustainable for human labor that works in these environments. The added sustainability of work labor behind Tencel is an added benefit to its production.)

More importantly, the Tencel Lyocell process is “close-looped,” meaning that all materials used in producing these fibers is recyclable and reusable! As a brand name, truly branded Tencel fibers such as those found in our products are tested to account for a 99% recovery rate in production. “Closed loop” production also means that no solvent is dumped into the ecosystem and is rather kept in the production line.

Lenzing AG, the Austrian company behind the brand name fiber, has been quoted as saying that Tencel Lyocell fibers are also harvested from PEFC or FSC tree plantations. This means that the wood used in these fibers are sustainably sourced.

Aside from production benefits, what are the benefits of Tencel?

Tencel:

  • Has 50% more absorption ability than cotton
  • Breathable
  • Less susceptible to bacterial growth
  • Sensitive and soft on the skin
  • Biodegradable

 

***Some additional cool facts? Tencel fibers end up naturally bright white requiring no bleach before dying. Additionally, because of their high absorption qualities, Tencel also requires less dye!

At sPUNKy, the benefits that Tencel could offer both as a sustainable fiber AND as a sensitive, comfortable, and effective option for our littlest littles, made Tencel the obvious choice. Honestly, one of the only choices.

Sources for further reading:

www.tencel.com

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/clothing/a27560140/what-is-tencel-fabric/

https://goodonyou.eco/how-ethical-is-tencel/

http://lyocell.info

 

Organic Cotton: the more sustainable cotton

Our Tencel lyocell fabric is blended with organic cotton. Many of our chosen print option are also organic cotton (until we can find a way to print on our Tencel blend). Organic cotton is a truly sustainable option. It uses almost 91% less water than non-organic cotton to produce and is primarily rainfed.

As pesticides are prohibited in organic production, work labor is also protected from harmful chemicals. This also naturally reduces water pollution and global warming impacts.

However, still, less than 1% of all cotton is organic. So, the solution is still imperfect and is still finding its way.

 

Sources for further reading:

https://goodonyou.eco/know-your-product-a-quick-guide-to-organic-cotton/                                                                                                                                       

https://www.livekindly.co/how-sustainable-is-organic-cotton/

https://www.eco-stylist.com/is-organic-cotton-really-sustainable/

https://www.vogue.com.au/fashion/news/how-sustainable-is-organic-cotton-really/image-gallery/fb482e3c60f8278705a7b76f2fafd069

 

Hemp:

Did you know that hemp is one of the oldest fibres known to mankind? It’s gotten a lot of recent press considering it’s more rock out cousin in the consumer space, but it’s actually been around much longer.

Hemp fibers are similar to linen in nature but grows incredibly quickly and easily. It is essentially a weed. It grows so heartily and quickly that it grows without pesticides or herbicides and actually returns 60-70% of nutrients to the soil.

However, just because it grows so easily doesn’t mean that it’s still farmed organically. The difficulty here is in finding specifically organic hemp. This is the current work we are doing now.

Hemp is amazing at the work it does in absorption but also will require a little more legwork. Organic hemp is optimal but is also more rare. It is important to also note that our hemp is not labeled “hemp viscose” as all viscose usually requires highly chemical processes.

So, though hemp is innately highly sustainable and a low-impact crop, some extra research is always needed to ensure that it is being produced sustainably.

Find more info about hemp at:

https://goodonyou.eco/material-guide-hemp/

https://cfda.com/resources/materials/detail/hemp#:~:text=Hemp%20is%20a%20natural%20plant%20fiber.&text=Organic%20hemp%20is%20one%20of,%E2%80%93%20the%20best%20possible%20rating).

 

 

What about our Prints?

Many of our prints are 95% organic cotton 5% spandex.

***Our other prints are 95% non-organic cotton 5% spandex or for double flats only, 95% bamboo viscose 5% spandex.

***As we try hard not to specifically source non-organic cotton or bamboo viscose brand new, our prints that contain these fibers are purchased from deadstock, mystery packs, extra stock or rescued from other creative makers’ stashes. *For this reason, unfortunately, our double flats sewn partly with bamboo viscose fibers are highly limited.