Cotton is undoubtedly the most popular natural fabric of all time with a history dating back at least 7000 years. Versatile and durable, it is also extremely breathable and gentle on the skin. Comfort comes, in part, from the fibre's capacity to wick moisture away from the skin quickly. As far as we are able, The Earth Collection chooses to use hand picked cotton, avoiding the chemicals used in machine harvested cotton. Starting with the Summer 2008 Collection, we have also begun offering a line of 100% organic cotton clothes for women and babies.
Linen is “bast” fibre used to produce some of the oldest textiles in the world – Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen. Then used as a display of wealth, even now this fabric is seen as luxurious and valued for its exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Grown in cooler regions, the flax fibres are taken from the stem of the plant. Linen needs less pesticides, insecticides and water to be grown than cotton as well as being the strongest of the plant fibres. Another positive aspect of linen is that every part of the flax plant can be used, for example to make soap, dye, paper, medicines, packaging, and food in the form of Linseed oil or flax seeds. Linen has high durability, water absorption, temperature regulation, extremely high breathability, low dust absorption and high antimicrobial quality.
Also known as China Grass, Ramie has been used for clothing since 3000 BC in Egypt. The long fine ramie fibres are extremely strong - even when wet. White and lustrous with an almost silky appearance, the fibres have an unusual resistance to bacteria and moulds. This elegant and refined natural fabric is extremely absorbent which makes it very comfortable to wear, especially during warm weather. Ramie has excellent abrasion resistance and dries quickly. It is also often mistaken for linen, to which it is closely related. However Ramie creases less than linen. We often blend Ramie with Cotton.
Silk is spun by silkworms during cocoon construction. Silk is extraordinarily strong and resilient. We blend silk noil - raw silk - with cotton to create garments with versatility, wear-ability and comfort. Silk noil has a natural appearance, characterized by uneven yarns, nubs and colour variations. Besides being a beautiful fabric, silk noil has virtually no negative impact on the environment as no chemicals can be used in production. Garments made from silk are also temperature regulating, as the fabric wicks moisture away from the body. This makes them warm in winter and cool in summer. Silk also retains its shape, drapes well, caresses the figure and shimmers with a luster of its own. When blended with cotton, either woven or knitted, the combination provides an excellent mix of warmth, absorbency and breathability.
Follow the care instructions on every garment tag and sewn into every garment and you won't have to worry about shrinking. Under testing our clothing will not shrink more than 2-3%, well within the industry standard of 5%. In fact, our customers and store employees have found that our clothing usually doesn't shrink at all.
If shrinking should occur, put the item back in the wash and while damp gently pull it back into shape
Our garments are easy to care for. No dry cleaning required. Wash care labels are
stitched into each garment and tags also have washing instructions.
Our sizes include S, M, L, XL and XXL. Our garments tend to fit smaller. Whenever possible it is best to try our clothes on as differences in style and fabric can affect the fit. Form fitting clothing is fine but our clothes should never be pulling or stretching.
Our sizes are roughly equivalent as follows:
Impurities such as dirt or grease are removed using a very mild soap solution or with enzymes. We gently bleach our fabrics using hydrogen peroxide which harmlessly dissolves in water and air. Of course this is good for the environment and for our workers.
None of our dyes contain heavy metals or carcinogens. All water in our dye houses is cleaned and recycled.
No harmful softeners or surface treatments are used to achieve the soft handle of our fabrics: instead we use enzymes, or mechanical means such as brushing up the shorter fibers to create the finishing soft touch. To reduce shrinkage, we also treat the products with a mechanical process called sizing.
All product tags and cartons are made from recycled paper. The inks on the tags and labels are water based.
Leftover fabrics from production are reused wherever possible, our signature "Rag Bag" is a perfect example of reusing the fabrics.