WHAT ARE OUR CLOTHES MADE FROM?

Organic Cotton 

We use almost exclusively organic cotton fabrics. Our stretch styles (which make
up the majority of our collections) are made from a blend of 95% GOTS certified organic cotton and 5% spandex for the stretch.
I spent almost a year working hard to track down this fabric, and source it direct from the manufacturer in Java, Indonesia. They get the raw cotton fibre from a GOTS certified producer in India, and knit it for us following our custom specifications.

Most of our non-stretch garments are made from a woven 100% organic cotton. Currently only a couple of our lines are not made from organic cotton, as we haven’t managed to find the fabric types needed in an organic fibre, but I am always searching for new available organic fabrics and encouraging our suppliers in Bali to stock more variety!

Organic cotton is my choice for our key fabric because:

• It’s a lovely breathable natural fibre to wear
• It is strong and hard-wearing
• Organic cotton uses less water and energy to produce than regular cotton
• It is also grown without the use of GM seed or toxic chemical fertilisers
• It doesn’t release harmful micro plastics into our water supplies like polyester and   acrylic fabrics do
• At end of life, it is essentially compostable!

SEQUINS

In 2017, I switched from PVC to PET sequins. These are nearly twice the price
of their PVC equivalent BUT not only are they more washable and hardwearing,
they are also a better choice environmentally. PET is the most common type
of plastic, and, unlike PVC, can be recycled in the same way as a regular
plastic bottle.

A couple of years ago I attempted to source sequins made from recycled PET, without success. So I was very happy when I received an email from my sequin manufacturer a couple of months ago: she had been doing some more research on this for me, and had found out that in fact, the PET plastic film she had already been buying to make our sequins was very likely to be made of recycled material! This was news to her as well, and a great outcome. I am now working on getting some kind of certification or verification to confirm this. 

Biodegradable sequins is an idea that is being explored by some pioneering researchers, however this is a very new area and they aren't yet commercially available. I also want to make sure that I am creating clothing that is long-lasting and will be worn for years and years, rather than being disposable. As one customer said recently, “I am aiming for my Rosa Bloom pieces to become
family heirlooms!"

Rosa x

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