The textile industry requires massive amounts of water for manufacturing and dyeing. An average of 2.5 billion tons of water is used per ton of fabric. Disposal of toxic waste water is often left untreated and later found in lakes, rivers and oceans. Using natural and recycled fabrics is one of the most important components in becoming sustainable. ECO’s entire supply chain is short, transparent and domestic. Almost all ECO’s sustainable fabric suppliers come from Colorado and Los Angeles, which not only helps local industry but also reduces our carbon emission footprint. One of the main natural ingredients we use is bast fiber, a frost tolerant multi-weathered fiber that requires minimal water. For our coloring process, we use all natural plant based dyes to avoid generating toxic waste. Our suppliers are carefully selected to exceed responsible environmental and manufacturing standards throughout the supply chain. We choose to invest in organic agriculture because it is highly sustainable and one of the most powerful strategies in creating change in this industry.
Bast fiber is most commonly found in hemp, bamboo and flax. It has a unique structure supporting the conductive cells of the phloem and provides strength to the plants' stem. This allows the plant to grow successfully in extreme conditions and makes it ideal for clothing fiber.
Hemp (monoecious cannabis species) can be male, female, or both genders. This gender fluidity allows it to grow very densely, quickly, and expansively. Unlike other bast fiber plants, hemp requires minimal watering, zero pesticides and zero herbicides. Hemp clothing is breathable, durable, and strong.
Recycled polyester is derived from the recycling process of disposed plastic bottles, PolyEthylene Terephthalate (PET).
Recycled polyester clothing is durable and provides water resistance.
Bamboo is derived from the Gramineae grass family. Bamboo is extremely versatile. It is a crucial plant that helps balance oxygen and carbon levels in the atmosphere.
Bamboo clothing is extremely soft and light weight.
Tencel is a lyocell fiber of botanic origin that is extracted from raw wood.
Tencel is more absorbent than cotton and softer than silk.