FABRICS + THE PLANET

 

At OneTeaspoon we recognise the importance of protecting our planet, because let’s face it, it’s pretty awesome! We know we have a lot of work to do going forward, but we’ve taken steps since the beginning of 2018 to increase more sustainable fabrics within our collections. Our design team continue to look for new environmentally friendly fabrics and ways of manufacturing. Over the last year, we’ve introduced some of these fabrics into our collections, which you can read about below. 

 

 

 ORGANIC COTTON 

We’ve included organic cotton tees and denim pieces in our core denim collection as a step forward in becoming more sustainable.

So, what is organic cotton? Organic cotton is not produced from genetically modified seeds and restricts the use of many chemicals— making it safe for the environment, the farmers, and you! It still uses water and land, but it helps sustain the land through crop rotations and natural ways of controlling pesticides. Additionally, it is usually rain fed!

 

TENCEL™ LYOCELL

We’ve also introduced TENCEL™ into our collections. You might have seen our best seller Liberty Shirt now in TENCEL™. So why do we love it? Well, it’s soft to wear, lightweight and has a flattering drape, so is perfect with denim. But more importantly, it is more sustainable than other fabrics. TENCEL™ is a semi-synthetic fibre with properties almost identical to cotton but is made from renewable wood materials.

TENCEL™ is manufactured from trees, which grow fast and densely on low-grade land. It takes just half an acre to grow enough trees for one ton of TENCEL™ fibre. Cotton needs at least five times as much land—plus, it must be good quality farmland. TENCEL™ production is done without the use of pesticides or insecticides, which means it is better for the land.

TENCEL™ has a closed loop production process, meaning over 99% of the non-toxic solvent is recycled and pushed back into the system, instead of being flushed out as wastewater. TENCEL™ fibres are certified by the European eco-label Oeko Tex 100, as containing low levels of manufacturing chemicals and by products. 

 

 

OUR EUROPEAN DENIM MILL

In addition to these fabrics, a selection of our made in Europe denim styles have been produced at one of the most environmentally sustainable mills in Europe…

     They recycle the water, meaning it doesn’t get wasted.

     They use solar power energy, reducing their carbon emissions.

 

CORNSTARCH PRODUCT BAGS

During early 2019, we started introducing cornstarch bags as part of our product packaging. 

 Cornstarch is a renewable plant material. The printing on these bags is vegetable ink, which is also compostable. Just remember to place these bags in your compost or green bin so they can breakdown!

 

PRICING

The longevity of a garment is something we take very seriously. Every piece we design and manufacture has been created for wearing in the present, and also the future. We have consciously not fought with bigger companies on price wars, so our pricing structure has remained the same for the past 20 years. And yes, although some of our costs have risen in accordance to fair trade and labour costs, our retail prices have stayed true to our beliefs in where we position ourselves within the market. We do not want to create a throwaway fashion mentality. Hell, denim gets better with age anyway!