Organic, vegan, sustainable, recycled? When it comes to ethical fashion, things get innovative. In order to create clothing in the kindest and most environmentally friendly way, our brands use a range of incredible materials. Check below to see exactly what that piece on your wish list is made from.
Italian Vegan Leather is imported from Italy and does not contain aromatic amines, PCP, formaldehyde, PVC, phthalates, azo-dyes, or chrome.
Eco-suede is imported from Italy.
Natural Cork is used in to line each shoe. This is breathable, long lasting and very comfortable against the sole of your feet.
Organic Cotton footbed and hand woven cotton. Wash any dirt or mud as soon as possible with a little water and soap if necessary only on the spot. If the stain begins to dissolve, repeat the treatment as often as necessary and let dry thoroughly.
Vegan Leather is created with 100% PU as a cruelty-free alternative. PU provides a very realistic imitation of real leather, and is considered greener than other materials such as vinyl as it does not create dioxins.
14k Solid Gold is an alloy that has a beautiful subtle shade of yellow. Durable and hypoallergenic, this material works well for those with sensitive skin. It is also resistant to scratches and tarnishing so you can wear it often. Give your jewellery a little polish to bring backs it’s shine.
Sterling Silver pieces are made from 925 sterling silver, which is an alloy made of 92.5% pure Silver and 7.5% Copper. Made from plated in Rhodium, which is a rare costly metal, giving it extra shine and durability, and making it less prone to tarnishing.
Gold Plated pieces are plated with a thick layer of 18 Karat Gold, ensuring each item have the highest polish and quality. We sometimes use 14 Karat Gold plating on larger pieces so that these will be a more subtle shade of gold.
Gemstones used by Edge of Ember include a range of high quality semi-precious stones from Topaz to Sapphires, and Lapis Lazuli to Rainbow Moonstone.
Eco Silver is sourced from Cooksons Gold who are fully audited from the jewellery council, an eco-friendly material which is manufactured using recycled silver from the jewellery, giftware, medical and electronic industries.
14k Gold Filled is where there is a thicker layer of gold bonded to the base metal. This gold layer had to make up a percentage of the weight of the item. In most cases gold filled jewellery lasts just as long as solid gold if cared for correctly. The Etta Collective jewellery we stock is all made and sourced in the UK.
Swarovski Glass Pearls make up all the 'pearl' styles we stock from Etta Collective’s collection.
Vegan Silk designs are made from 100% Cupro fabric, often referred to as vegan silk. Cupro is a natural by-product of cotton. Tiny fibres stick to the cotton seeds after the textile production. Instead of throwing the leftover material away, producing Cupro makes it possible to use more of the cotton.
Offcut Linen designs are made from 100% linen fabric, both outer and lining.
Offcut Viscose designs are made from a semi natural fabric that was sourced from Zeytinburnu in Istanbul from a womenswear factory.
Block-printing is an ancient traditional craft unique to the Chhipa caste in Jaipur and surrounding areas. A design is drawn onto a slab of wood and the pattern etched out using a metal cutter. Fabric is rolled out on long trestle tables, the wood blocks are dipped into a colour tray, then carefully applied to the fabric and repeated. Each stroke requires extreme precision and a steady, practice eye to achieve uniformity. Colours are applied one at a time.
Hand-loom Fabric is made by a women’s co-op in central India. They weave using organic cotton which is dyed using local vegetables and plants. The women are taught skills in hand-looming, accountancy and management which gives them financial independence in a very traditional, rural area.
Indigo Dying is a slow, organic process using natural elements and materials. The process is carried out by families on their indigo farms on the outskirts of the Pink City. They make a mud paste from limestone soil and wood block print using this mud instead of pigments or dyes. When the mud is still wet, fine sawdust shavings are sprinkled over it, sealing the mud as it dries and hardens in the sun. The printed fabric is then dipped into a purpose built vat, filled with indigo dye and then left to dry in the sun. Once dry, the fabric is rinsed and then washed with soap. This process is repeated as many times as necessary to achieve the desired intensity of colour.
Lyocell is an amazing eco friendly fabric that represents a milestone in the development of environmentally sustainable textiles. Lyocell is a natural, man made fibre. Made with wood pulp from sustainable tree farms, lyocell textiles are created through the use of nanotechnology in an award-winning closed-loop process that recovers or decomposes all solvents and emissions. It is 100% biodegradable, perhaps the greatest benefits are the variety and exceptional comfort you can experience with lyocell clothing. Underprotection’s Lyocell fabrics are certified 100% natural by the Union of Natural Fibres, as well as they are Oeko-Tex certified.
Recycled Polyester is considered as a green option in textiles is because it uses less energy. Various studies agree that it takes less energy to create this material compared to what’s needed to produce virgin polyester. Besides this, it helps keep bottles and other plastics out of landfills and our oceans. It also produces far fewer emissions to the air than the production of virgin polyester. Underprotection’s Recycled polyester has the GRS and Oeko-Tex certification.
Recycled Nylon is made from at least 99% regenerated raw materials that would usually have been wasted in the textile manufacturing industry. The fibre is made using a mechanical regeneration system, which does not involve chemical solutions. This material makes incredibly strong lace and mesh fabrics that are perfect for underwear designs. We are in love! Most of Underprotection’s recycled nylon fabrics hold the GRS certification due to a very high content of regenerated material.
Banana Fabric is made from banana leaf. The banana plants rarely require fertilizers or pesticides and are therefore very eco-friendly to grow. The fibres are primarily waste elements of the farmers’ leftover stalks from banana plants and are processed into fibres after the fruits have been harvested for food. The banana fibres can be used for very fine and light fabrics, perfect for loungewear. The banana fabric Underprotection use is certified 100% natural by the Union of Natural Fibres and Oeko-Tex certified.
Recycled Elastane is a GRS certified eco-stretch elastane. The Roica Eco-Smart yarn is used to make Underprotection’s Italian lace fabrics comfortably stretchable. It is made through a recycling technology using more than 50 percent pre-consumer industrial waste. The stretchy yarn plays an important role in terms of Circular Economy product development, helping to create modern underwear that is not only beautiful but also made responsibly and designed to last.
Organic Cotton is production process without the use of pesticides and synthetic growth regulators or genetically modified seeds. Various certification organizations verify that organic suppliers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. A natural rotation of crops is often practiced in the fields as well – this way a more fertile soil is retained that gives higher yields and resistant plants. Underprotection’s organic cotton is GOTS certified.
Recycled Rubber outsoles are made in Spain from recycled rubber.
Italian Vegan Leather is made from plants. This material is produced from cereal crops grown in northern Europe to create a bio oil in a carbon neutral process. Wills vegan leather is not a second best option. WVS create a number of their styles in their eco friendly vegan leather made with plants, which is hard wearing, soft, breathable and is water resistant. Other styles are created using high quality eco friendly Ecolabel certified vegan leathers and suedes made in Italy and Spain which meet the Oeko Tex 100 and REACH regulations. Unlike leather or suede, WVS’s materials do not get ruined when wet and they do not stain. It is easy to keep our footwear looking brand new.
Modal is a beechwood pulp fibre. It is smooth, soft and breathable. The dyeing of this fabric is without toxic chemicals, and is OEKO-TEX®-certified according to EU legislation.
Egyptian Organic Cotton is grown in accordance to organic agriculture methods, without the use of harmful defoliants. It is produced with methods that respect the well-being of mankind and the environment.
100% Organic Cotton is grown in controlled settings with no pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals. Only natural fertilisers are used and the soil and water are monitored. Unlike conventional cotton, which is seriously damaging to the environment, Woron’s cotton certified organic cotton is farmed naturally.
Recycled Polyamide is made from recycled plastic waste found in the oceans. Since it is recycled, there in not much strain on the environment and people working with it. So in this case, polyamide becomes a very sustainable and clean option. The fabric used is all certified and each roll of fabric can be traced back to where the bottles and plastic waste was found.
100% Organic Cotton make up all of Yeah Right NYC’s t-shirts, created using sustainable and organic high quality cotton jersey.
Embroidery on each t-shirt is kept in the family and hand stitched in Milan, Italy, by one of the founder's mothers and her friends!