at my elenoula, we use textiles that are only sustainable and ethically produced.
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic agriculture protects the health of living beings and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides. The pollution from producing conventional cotton textiles affects the ground, air, water and food supply. The result of this environmental pollution is associated with health consequences, from asthma to cancer, and of course climate change. Organic cotton is also anti-allergenic thanks to its chemical free properties!
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass. The Bamboo used to produce fabrics is easily replenished, maturing in only 2 years, and requires no pesticides to grow. Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable plants because it grows quickly and does not require chemicals or irrigation, and biodegrades more quickly than oil-based synthetics.
Bamboo fabric has a natural built-in temperature control, which is great for both hot and cool climates. It is a luxuriously soft fabric that is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture- absorbent and quick drying. Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is able to retain, even through multiple washings. Bamboo exhibits up to a 99.8% antibacterial rate. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive in clothing and cause unpleasant odours. This eco fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities.
Hemp fabric or hemp textiles are made from cannabis sativa fiber or industrial hemp. Hemp fiber has been used thousands of years and in fact materials made from hemp were discovered in tombs dating back to 8,000 BC.
Hemp plant is a very fast growing crop, producing high fiber yield per acre. Hemp yields 3X more fibre per acre than cotton. To grow one acre of Hemp it requires half the amount of water to grow cotton. The best climates for growing hemp are warm tropical zones or moderately cool and temperate climates. Hemp also leaves the soil in excellent condition for any succeeding crop. Hemp’s strong roots could penetrate for three feet or more underground. The roots anchor and protect the soil from runoff. They build and preserve topsoil and subsoil structures similar to those of forests.