Fabric & care
For Elements of Freedom, organic fabrics, good working conditions and taking responsibility for the environment is not a trend, but a conviction and obligation. This is why we consciously opt for the use of renewable resources and recycled materials.
Elements of Freedom chooses to produce as much as possible in Europe in order to comply with European standards and fair working conditions and rights. Because Mongolia is highly regarded for its expertise and quality in knitwear, we have decided to produce our knitwear products in their BSCI certified factories. BSCI certified factories aim to improve working conditions, such as: the right to form a union, safe working conditions and no forced or child labour. Lastly, all components of our garments are oekoetex-100 certified, meaning they are harm-free to both people and the environment.
Cotton is one of the most commonly used fabrics in the clothing industry for its absorbance, strength, durability and comfort.
Its production, however, is rich in pesticides, insecticides and toxins, which are damaging to the health of farmers and nature. Cotton production is also water-heavy, and the growth of one kilogram of cotton alone take almost 20.000 liters of water. To tackle these problems, Elements of Freedom make use of three different certified cottons that aim to better its production, these include:
GOTS certified organic cotton
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, and includes ecological and social criteria. Only textile products that contain a minimum of 70% organic fibres can become GOTS certified. All chemical used such as dyestuffs and auxiliaries must meet certain environmental and toxicological criteria. The choice of accessories is limited in accordance with ecological aspects as well. A functional waste water treatment plant is mandatory for any wet-processing unit involved and all processors must comply with social criteria.
Organic cotton is made from natural seeds, and there is no use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Bugs are controlled with insects that kill the pests. As a result, organic cotton products are safer for the skin. Organic cotton feels softer, absorbs moisture and allows air to pass through. It is a very comfortable fabric with a good fit.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organisation and the largest cotton sustainability program in the world. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in, and better for the sector’s future.
Viscose is another commonly used fabric in the clothing industry because of its strong, soft and shiny characteristics.
Unfortunately, to convert the wood pulp into fabric, many chemicals are used that eventually make their way into the eco-system. Almost all the wood used for viscose comes from long-standing and endangered forests.
To overcome these environmental problems, Elements of Freedom choose to make use of 100% Ecovero viscose. Ecovero viscose is made from certified renewable wood sources that are naturally cultivated and FSC or PEFC certified. Materials used during the production process are constantly reused and the bleaching process is 100% chlorine-free. Overall, there’s also significantly less CO2 emissions, water and energy used.
Ecovero fabric is slight shine to it. It’s soft, light, breathable and therefore extremely comfortable to wear.
Linen is suitable for every season because it has a high air permeability and heat conductivity properties. It is also the most sustainable of the other non-organic fabrics. This because linen is biodegradable, made from renewable raw materials, and grows twice as fast as cotton – thus requiring less soil and water. The flax plant where linen is derived isn’t affected by insects, so few pesticides are needed. Also, little fertilizer is needed for the growth of flax. The fabric is strong, durable, colourfast, and suitable for every season, giving your linen item a long life.
Merino wool is one of the softest and most popular wools in the fashion industry. Merino sheep are mostly from New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and South-Africa. In the summer it can reach 35 degrees Celsius, while temperatures in winter fall well below 0 degrees Celsius. Because of the large temperature differences that take place in these areas, merino wool is resistant to both seasons. This is why merino wool is so popular in clothing. Unfortunately, these sheep are not always treated well during the shearing process. Elements of Freedom always choose for 100% animal-friendly merino wool. In this way, our merino wool is 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable.
Merino wool is known worldwide for its softness, strength, breathability and temperature-regulating benefits.
100% eco-boiled virgin wool refers to wool taken from the sheep’s first shearing in which the softest, finest wool of the sheep’s life is obtained. Elements of Freedom chooses to make use of eco-boiled wool, instead of boiled wool, to reuse and preserve water.
Elements of Freedom uses different blends of fibres. Most of the blends are made of recycled materials which are sorted, graded and repurposed to re-create new fabrics and preserve our natural resources.