We source primarily cellulose and protein fibers, because we believe they make the most comfortable clothing. Cotton, linen, and the rayon family (viscose, rayon, modal, lyocell, and bamboo, etc.) are all plant-based fabrics with moisture-wicking properties that make them feel pleasant against our skin. At the end of their life cycle, these fabrics can biodegrade and become part of the Earth’s cyclic ecosystem.
Thermoplastic fibers like polyester are derived from petroleum, which is an oil. Like a plastic bottle, while they can sometimes be recycled, these fabrics can never biodegrade. It is important to us as a sustainability-focused business that we minimize the extraction of petroleum whenever possible. This is the other important reason why for the most part, we don’t carry polyester. Whenever you do find the few items in the shop that has some polyester content, it is usually a fabrication where the polyester adds something integral to intended outcome of the fabric. Or it is something quite special.