Category: Fashion

Ramblers Way – Kennebunk, Maine Company Highlight

Women’s Wool Eva Dress – Style #161- $105

Clothing for a Good Life – Est 2009

I met a representative at the Sustainable Brands conference. I was hoping to chat with him and get some insight on their brand so I could have more to write about. Unfortunately, they shoved this card in my hand gave me a few lines I could probably read on the site and sent me on my way. I asked to feel the material and it was worth the booth visit. Though I wish I had more personal insight the opportunity to feel this textile magic was enough for me to write this blurb.

That had to be the softest wool I’m ever felt in a t-shirt. 

You can use this code (SB10%) now through June 30, 2017, for %10 off 

I did get the chance to visit:

The Ramblers Way Story

For Ramblers Way, sustainability is the pathway to making premium quality clothing. Our definition of sustainability is stewarding natural and human resources. It also includes creating local jobs by breathing new life into the country’s textile industry. Fashion trends come and go – we alter our styles too – but what won’t change is our commitment to the responsible and sustainable use of the resources. Simply put, we weave sustainability into the fabric of our company.

Their Products

Rambouillet Merino wool and Pima cotton are both known for their long staple fiber, which is ideal for specific knitting and weaving applications.

The coat of a Rambouillet sheep, an American cousin to the Merino breed, grows long naturally, providing what is referred to as long-staple fibers for weaving or knitting into cloth.

Rambouillet fiber is 4” long and uniquely thin (18.5 microns) in diameter, which means we can spin it into a superfine yarn. And, since it’s also a long staple fiber, it’s surprisingly strong when spun together. So you’ve got amazing strength and luxurious softness all in one silky-feeling fabric.

Benefits of Rambouillet Merino Wool

Natural fibers transport sweat away from your skin to keep you dry.

Body-heat regulating.
Wool buffers the elements to keep you comfy in warm and cold weather.

Remarkable quality.
Our wool yarn is worsted, compacted and spun to remarkably fine diameter so it’s super fine, super strong and doesn’t itch.

Looks timeless. Buy fewer pieces. Wear them more often.


It comes from nature and doesn’t use harsh chemical softeners or finishes to provide comfort.

Long-Lasting Worsted Wool

Worsted yarn is made of long-staple fibers that have been combed twice to remove any short fibers and spun parallel to each other (vs. a woolen yarn, which is randomly entangled). This careful spinning process produces a clean, smooth and tightly knit yarn that’s free of the usual fiber ends that cause you to itch.

Our fabric is further defined by proprietary spinning techniques that remove any excess fiber to reduce potential pilling. This produces super fine, super-strong clothing that you can wear time after time.

Pima Cotton

Long staple Pima cotton was developed and propagated by the Pima Indians of the American Southwest. Ramblers Way Pima Cotton is grown in the San Joaquin Valley in California using low water and pesticide-free growing methods. Pima Cotton is commonly called ‘the cashmere of cotton’ for its softness and durability.

New Era launches NBA Caps Made of Recycled Fibre


During this NBA Playoff season, I’m searching for any and every approach to sustainability amongst the teams, uniforms, and official merchandise. 

New Era Cap Co. Inc. has reported the introduction of its first historically speaking official National Basketball Association (NBA) cap made from plastic containers, featuring the Portland Trail Blazers, thanks to the use of Repreve recycled fibre. The new, eco-conscious New Era cap was exclusively launched with the Trail Blazers team for NBA Green Week.

Each cap is locally sourced and made of at least 4 recycled bottles. Unifi, Inc. located in North Carolina, is a textile manufacturer that makes Repreve, which happens to be a fiber made from recycled bottles, used in the caps. It is also used by many other sports and entertainment companies looking to make a difference

“The synergy between Repreve and New Era Cap represents one of incredible quality and performance, along with a commitment to eco-friendliness. Not only does New Era Cap value environmental consciousness, but consumers are also increasingly looking for products with a transparent sustainability story. Through its U Trust program, Unifi helps us deliver a trustworthy, environmentally responsible cap,” said Mark Maidment, vice president, creative for New Era Cap.

“The Trail Blazers’ commitment to sustainability is long-standing, and places us among the leaders in all of professional sports, with initiatives ranging from food recovery and energy efficiency to composting and balancing our water use. Key to that success is committed partners in all of our initiatives who support our focus on impacting kids and families where they live, learn and play.  We are thrilled to join with New Era Cap and Unifi in this cool and authentic partnership,” said Christa Stout, Trail Blazers vice president of social responsibility.

The new eco-conscious cap represents the company’s classic snapback style with crown, and a structured front panel, with a dash of environmental responsibility, since it’s made with Repreve fibers. Show off your different styles wit this green cap. 

Met Gala 2017 Favorites “ReiKawakubo”

I really pay attention to this event in hopes that my favorite celebrity will opt for something ethical, sustainable, or repurposed. After searching all night I haven’t found anyone yet, hopefully, some ethical designers will unveil their design this week. 


Did you catch what Gisele Bündchen wore? She walked the carpet at the in a bespoke gown for the crafted from organic silk and glass-bead by Stella McCartney (made entirely out of sustainable materials)

Livia Firth of GCC-EcoAge‘s  gown at the  was made from leaves?

Talk about eco fashion at it’s shiniest. 

Future WINS for being both on theme and sustainable 

Future getting help with the bow tie for his organic silk shirt. Bobby Wesley Williams, his stylist, right, persuaded him to wear an H&M suit.

Future rocked a made-to-measure look by Swedish H&M for the 71st annual Met Gala.

“We wanted to pay tribute to [Rei] Kawakubo in our own way, by focusing on themes that are always present in her work,” says Pernilla Wohlfahrt, who serves as H&M’s head of design. The duo had a series of “amazing” creative talks about possible fabric options, custom design possibilities and played with the themes present in Comme des Garçons collections while staying true to Future’s personal style, to develop his eye-catching red carpet outfit.”

His look was of classic updated tailcoat. The outfit is made with a blend of wool and the sustainable materials of organic silk and Tencel. By embellishing the back with a hand-embroidered black skull and a red Swarovski crystal heart, showcases a bit of his style with an inspired Rei look, on his tall slip frame.

Vevers and Young were the ones to create and style Selena Gomez for the Met Gala. They went for an effortless and easy look, focusing on Selena’s elements and what she loves. They worked together to create an elegantly detailed dress the two used vintage lace found around New York City, making this dress sustainable and ethical. The beading elements to the piece perfectly mimic Coach’s prints, while also playing up the nostalgic vintage inspired looks from the 30’s.

I did enjoy Liu Wen’s outfit that looked like it was made of recycled denim.

For now, here are my favorite picks of the rockstars who stuck with the theme. 

My favorite “Comme des Garçon”

Helen Lasichanh


Sofia Sanchez

Other Theme like styles 

Solange Knowles in Thom Browne

Zendaya in Dolce and Gabbana

The Guide for Eco and Ethical Prom Ideas (The Ladies Edition)

Here’s some Fair Trade & Ethical Prom Ideas

This season look fashionable while sending a positive message about the environment. You may have questions like, “Where do I buy a prom dress?” We have some answers on some ethical solutions. I know you guys are used to seeing the same stores pop up, “Macy’s, Lulus, Davind’s Bridal, Lord and Taylor, and Windsor”, but we have a list of some other not so popular but ethical options. 

If you’re going for comfy may we suggest MARIALIA


$110.00 BUY

Description: A criss-cross lace up front and a ton of styling versatility. Style this dress up with the perfect heels. 

One Size

This is a Long prom dress. Made in the USA. Handmade with by 25-year-old Marialia. She is based in LA. She grew up in Southern Italy and Los Angeles and produced her first collection by 18, she was one of the youngest designers to ever showcase at Los Angeles Fashion week. Already costuming well known celebrities and churning out ready to wear, she hand makes her entire collection ethically in the USA.

Who said short dresses aren’t fun? You came to dance right? Give your legs some wiggle room. Alison Tunic Dress in Navy

Lenzing Tencel

$91.80 BUY

This is a Short prom dress. This figure-skimming tunic dress features shoulder ties, a v-neck and concealed pockets in the waistband. In 100% Lenzing Tencel.

  • Material: 100% Tencel ?
  • Length: Garment is 96.1cm long in size 12 (M)
  • Style Code: P576URNY

How it’s made: Made by Creative Handicrafts, a social enterprise working to empower disadvantaged women of the slum communities of Mumbai, India. Tailors at Creative Handicrafts produce a gorgeous range of cotton garments for People Tree.
Care instructions: Wash on low spin with mild detergent, Wash with similar colours, Do not soak, Line dry in shade, iron inside out on medium

A clutch purse with cool chain detail.

Handmade in Brazil made using 100% recycled rubber.

  • Material:  100% recycled rubber & flannel liner
  • Size:  11in  x 8in
  • Delivery time:  up to 20 days if not in stock and made to order

HELPSY Qualities:


$78.00 BUY

A precious handmade to order round faux leather bag will spice up any outfit. Made of soft and flexible vegan leather and fabric lining.

Includes crossbody/shoulder adjustable strap and a zipper closure.

Each bag is handmade to order. Fabrication process takes from 7 to 15 working days from the date of your order and then the item is shipped express from Mexico.

HELPSY Qualities

The Foldover Pouch 

$98 BUY


  • 7 1/2″ H (folded), 13 3/4″ H (unfolded) × 12” W
  • 100% Spanish leatherTo clean, wipe dry with a damp cloth; condition leather when needed
  • Unlined
  • Made in Ubrique, Spain See the factory

DescriptionGrab and go. This clutch is handmade in Spain with gold zips and a single central compartment, so it’s as functional as it is elegant.

Sexy A-line Sleeveless Red Detached Prom Dress Floor-length

$93.89 BUY


Silhouette A-Line
Neckline V-Neck
Sleeve Length Sleeveless
Hemline/Train Floor-Length
Built-In Bra Yes
Fully Lined Yes
Net Weight (kg) 1.50
Shipping Weight (kg) 2.00
Body Shape Misses

This is a Long prom dress

  • Made in Small Quantities
  • Non-Disposable&Well-Made
  • Handmade
  • Local Production

We pride ourselves in only using the highest quality textiles for our dress collections. Our purchasing and quality-control departments only source and use the best quality raw materials, such as delicate silk, rich satin, ethereal tulle, and soft chiffon, from a wide range of reputable fabric manufacturers and suppliers. Likewise, we only use high-quality embellishment materials: Rhinestones, beading, lace and sequins for beautiful and timeless detailing designs.


We have invested into advanced technologies to optimize the many complex tailoring processes, and all of our dresses are made by highly skilled and professional pattern makers, cutters and seamstresses who pride themselves on quality work.

Ball Gown Long Sleeves Bateau Satin Floor-Length Dresses

121.89 BUY

Silhouette Ball Gown
Neckline Bateau
Sleeve Style Long Sleeves
Waist Natural
Built-In Bra Yes
Fully Lined Yes
Fabric Satin
Embellishments Lace
Net Weight (kg) 1.50
Shipping Weight (kg) 2.00
Body Shape Apple,Hourglass,Inverted Triangle,Misses

This is a Two-piece prom dress

This is a Long prom dress

  • Made in Small Quantities
  • Non-Disposable&Well-Made
  • Handmade
  • Local Production

We pride ourselves in only using the highest quality textiles for our dress collections. Our purchasing and quality-control departments only source and use the best quality raw materials, such as delicate silk, rich satin, ethereal tulle, and soft chiffon, from a wide range of reputable fabric manufacturers and suppliers. Likewise, we only use high-quality embellishment materials: Rhinestones, beading, lace and sequins for beautiful and timeless detailing designs.


We have invested into advanced technologies to optimize the many complex tailoring processes, and all of our dresses are made by highly skilled and professional pattern makers, cutters and seamstresses who pride themselves on quality work.


$98.00 BUY

Description: Our Ravi wrap dresses creates a relaxed and sophisticated look for an evening out. Our drape dresses are made of repurposed remnant jersey. This production partnership empowers at-risk women in Phnom Penh by breaking the cycle of poverty in a zero-waste facility. This is a Long prom dress.

  • Color: Dark Grey
  • Care + Maintenance: Eco-dry or spot clean/ Store folded flat (do not hang)


HOW WAS IT MADE? : Eco-friendly apparel made with repurposed remnant jersey with our exclusive hand-screened designs
HOW DOES IT BENEFIT AT-RISK WOMEN? : It empowers at-risk women in Phnom Penh in a zero-waste facility to break the cycle of poverty and provide for their families 

Elegant Chiffon Lace A-line 2016 Prom Dress Bowknot Cap Sleeve

$147.19 BUY

Silhouette A-Line
Sleeve Length Cap Sleeve
Hemline/Train Floor-Length
Built-In Bra Yes
Fully Lined Yes
Fabric Chiffon
Embellishments Lace
Net Weight (kg) 1.50
Shipping Weight (kg) 2.00
Body Shape Misses

This is a Long prom dress

  • Made in Small Quantities
  • Non-Disposable&Well-Made
  • Handmade
  • Local Production

We pride ourselves in only using the highest quality textiles for our dress collections. Our purchasing and quality-control departments only source and use the best quality raw materials, such as delicate silk, rich satin, ethereal tulle, and soft chiffon, from a wide range of reputable fabric manufacturers and suppliers. Likewise, we only use high-quality embellishment materials: Rhinestones, beading, lace and sequins for beautiful and timeless detailing designs.


We have invested into advanced technologies to optimize the many complex tailoring processes, and all of our dresses are made by highly skilled and professional pattern makers, cutters and seamstresses who pride themselves on quality work.

Ride Sharing options 

Booking a group limo or taking an Uber pool are great options. They’re still a much better option than driving individual vehicles. 

Try out event transportation made easy with UberEVENTS

Give your guests flexible door-to-door transportation and only pay for the rides they use. No waste, easy planning, and happy guests. This especially perfect for parents trying to keep track pf large groups pf prom goers.

Purchasing rides through UberEVENTS work for weddings, conferences, dinners, private parties, and more. Thanks to the flexibility of Uber, planning is less expensive, easier on you, and your guests are happy because they can come and go as they please.

As a host UberEVENTS puts you in the driver’s seat to manage when, where, and for how much your guests can ride, and you’re only on the hook for those codes redeemed.


DIY: How to Make a Corsage

Instead of paying someone to make one for you, have fun making your own Corsage


When is your prom?

Basic Uses of Hemp

Hemp typically found in the northern hemisphere is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species that is grown specifically for the industrial uses of its derived products.


Some Uses for Hemp 

Paper products






Essential Oils

Nutritional Supplements

Livestock Bedding


Livestock Feed


Personal and Body Care Products


Check out these cool Hemp Glasses 

Be Mindful of Nylon Stockings (Pros and Cons)

In the winter seasons, stockings are quite popular to keep warm under a dress, skirt, or pants. I prefer my stockings have more organic material in them. But they aren’t as stretch and form fitting as synthetic fibers. So synthetic is usually the popular option. There are pros and cons for wearing these popular leg accessories. I also cover Nylon in, “5 Popular Synthetic Fibers

Pros of wearing nylon panthose

Prevent Ankle Swelling 

Relief of Vericose Veins 

Conceal Cellulite 


Cons of wearing nylon pantyhose  

Nylons Can Contribute to Skin Rashes

Nylon stocking can exacerbate skin rashes, especially for people who are allergic to latex. Mixed blend panty holes tend to have latex within the fibers. Your best bet is to find pantyhose made from 100% cotton if you are are sctratching more when you wear Nylon.

Try to avoid Nylon pantyhose when it’s warm out. Sweat has a way of irritating skin further especially when trapped under Nylon.height=”20px”]

Stockings Can Cause Calluses

Stockings pressed against shoes that are too small can cause trouble. Calluses are the result of a buildup of tissue that forms when your foot tries to protect itself from extra pressure or friction.

Pantyhose can directly contribute to callus-causing friction due to the rubbing of the synthetic material on your skin. Make sure your shoes, especially heels fit you properly.

Stockings Can Contribute to Yeast Infections

If you’re prone to UTI’s and yeast infections, stay the heck away from nylon stocking. The synthetic material isn’t well ventilated, and assists in trapping moisture and warmth. The same environment bacteria and yeast thrive in.

If you must wear them for work, but the type with a cotton crotch and definitely wear cotton underwear under. thigh high’s are an alternative to this problem, if and only if you don’t have a problem with keeping them up.

Pantyhose Can Exacerbate Athlete’s Foot

Just like you can get fungus on other parts of your body from stockings, you can get fungus on your feet. Pantyhose aren’t breathable and can increase foot sweating, which can make you more prone to a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. Fungus loves warmth and sweat, so if you have sweaty feet stick with cotton alternatives.

Another option is to rub some antiperspirant or baby powder on your feet before slipping into your stockings.

Feel, Ethical Shopping App – Good On You


Good On You was founded by a group of people who are passionate about making it easier for consumers to act on their values.


Each week we work to rate new brands through our three key categories: people, the planet and animals. Our brand ratings are based on robust principles and independent data sources. Read more about how we rate brands. And on the Good Edit we publish 2-3 new articles with useful information for the conscious fashion shopper.


Our small staff team is supported by hundreds of volunteers who research ratings, write blog posts, assist with marketing and coding and much more. Our volunteers come from many different countries and all walks of life – from students to lawyers, journalists, human rights advocates and environmental experts. If you want to join them, see how you can get involved.


We began by talking to lots of people about how they shop and what was missing. They told us it is too hard to find our which brands are doing better on the issues the care about. In 2014 we launched the first version of the Good On You brand rating system – bringing together the work of many other organizations that were looking at part of the picture. It soon became clear that while our rating tool was useful, people wanted the information with them while they were shopping. So we decided to build the Good On You app.


We ran a successful crowdfunding campaign in July 2015 and in November 2015, launched the Good On You app in Australia. In our first week, we had over 10,000 downloads and more media than we could keep up with. It was clear; this is a product that people have been waiting for!


In August 2016 the App was launched successfully in New Zealand. We’re planning to launch in the US and Canada in early 2017.


The app has ratings for almost 1,000 fashion and accessory brands in Australia. Plus it helps you find new brands that match your values and send a message to brands urging them to do better or congratulating them.


Their purpose


“We want to create a world where consumers’ choices drive businesses to be sustainable and fair. We know there are millions of consumers around the world who share our goal.


We want make it easy for anyone, anywhere, to shop to their values.


We want to help you find out how brands rate on the issues you care about, and discover new ethical brands that do better, so you can feel good and make a difference when you shop.


We’re starting with fashion–clothing, footwear and accessories–with other product categories to come in the future.”



Visit their website:

See their crowdfunding initiatives:


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Emma Watson Stars In Sustainable Fashion Photoshoot For Elle UK


Emma Watson has been named Elle UK’s ‘Woman of the Year’ due to her “powerful campaigning for gender equality” and we’d like to take this moment to also celebrate her work promoting sustainable fashion.


Watson will be presented with the award at The ELLE Style Awards on 13 February and to celebrate the honor she stars in the March issue’s main fashion story, dressed solely in sustainably-made items.



The shoot, created with Livia Firth’s ethical dressing ideas consultancy, Eco-Age, aimed to showcase brands that are reducing the impact they have on people and the planet, including vintage clothing.


NEW YORK, NY – MAY 02: Actress Emma Watson attends the “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)


Watson previously took part in Eco-Age’s Green Carpet Challenge at the 2016 Met Gala, wearing a Calvin Klein Collection gown made from Newlife fabric, a yarn engineered from used plastic bottles sourced, processed and spun in Italy, with zippers made from recycled plastic.


Read More: Elle UK

Natalia Vodianova Wears H&M Dress Made From Waste Washed Up On A Beach

Natalia Vodianova is no stranger to beautiful gowns made from luxurious fabrics that sweep over her body, but her latest ethereal dress was made from something a little unusual – waste washed up on a beach.


Vodianova donned the £149.99 powder pink plissé pleat gown made from BIONIC – recycled polyester crafted out of plastic recovered from shorelines – in her role as the new face of H&M Conscious Exclusive 2017 collection.


“It’s amazing to see the advances in sustainable fabrics that are used in the collection, pointing towards a more sustainable future for all fashion,” the model said.



”Plastic pollution is a global issue with millions of tones annually ending up in in waterways and oceans,” explains Vodianova in a video spot for the collection titled ‘The Journey of a Dress’.


“For the ever-evolving nature of fashion a circular system could resolve this problem.


“Through recycling, waste could be reborn as something beautiful. Just imagine a world where a dress could have a positive impact on our planet.”


The dress is part of a full H&M Conscious Exclusives collection made from environmentally friendly sustainable materials, which launches on 20 April 2017 and includes womenswear, menswear, kidswear and the first ever Conscious Exclusive fragrance made from organic oils. 



Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s head of design and creative director, explained that the team really took their designs to the next level for this collection.


“For the design team at H&M, this year’s Conscious Exclusive is a chance to dream and create pieces that are both quirky and beautiful.


“It’s great to be able to show just what is possible with sustainable materials like we have done with the delicate plissé dress made of BIONIC.”


5 popular Synthetic Fibers


Synthetic fabrics are textiles made from man-made rather than natural fibers. Examples of synthetic fabrics include polyester, acrylic, nylon, rayon, acetate, spandex, latex, orlon and Kevlar. Synthetic (chemically produced) fabrics are made by joining monomers into polymers, through a process called polymerization.

Synthetic fibers is the result of extensive research by scientists to improve on naturally occurring animal and plant fibers. In general, synthetic fibers are created by extruding fiber forming materials through spinnerets into air and water, forming a thread. The first truly synthetic textile was nylon, which was widely used in World War II. Before synthetic fibers were developed, artificially manufactured fibers were made from polymers obtained from petrochemicals. These fibers are called synthetic or artificial fibers. Some fibers are manufactured from plant-derived cellulose.

Synthetics require chemicals in their manufacturing processes, which can cause a variety of health problems. Fabric may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about living a healthier lifestyle, but it definitely should be considered. Even many “health nuts” don’t realize that synthetic fabrics are teeming with chemicals and dyes that cannot be washed out, making them a potential health hazard.



Synthetic fabrics:

  • Acetate
  • Acrylic
  • Elastane
  • Lyocell
  • Nylon
  • PLA Fiber (corn polymer)
  • Polyester
  • Rayon
  • Spandex

  1. Polyester 

When I was growing up my mom hated polyester. She thought of it as very cheap, unhealthy, material. She used to tell me not to waste my money on death. Though a bit dramatic, I understand why now that I’m older. wouldn’t recommend anyone wasting their hard earned money on polyester. Overall I would say avoid it if you can. Unless it’s a natural polyester made from plant-based chemicals. If you happen to find it secondhand, try your best to repurpose it, since it can’t be trashed properly. Only natural polyester is biodegradable. 

Polyester is a category of polymers that contain the ester functional group in their main chain.

There are fabric and industrial polyester. Fabrics from polyester are used extensively in furniture, clothing, and apparel. You can find them used in;

  • furniture
  • clothing
  • apparel
  • blankets
  • bedsheets
  • mousepads
  • Synthetic leather
  • furniture upholstery and more. 

Industrial polyester is mostly used in;

  • fabrics for conveyor belts
  • safety belts
  • coated fabrics and plastic reinforcements with high-energy absorption.
  • cushioning and insulating material in pillows
  • comforters and upholstery padding

Polyester yarns and ropes are also used in car tire reinforcements.

One good thing about polyester is the fabric is highly stain-resistant.


When polyester is spun together with a natural fiber like cotton you get polycotton. Not only is polycotton strong, it is wrinkle and tear-resistant, and reduces shrinkage. 

Disadvantages of cotton and polyester blends include being less breathable than cotton and trapping more moisture while sticking to the skin. They are also less fire resistant and can melt when ignited.

         2. Acetate

Acetate is derived from cellulose by reacting purified cellulose from wood pulp with acetic acid and acetic anhydride in the presence of sulfuric acid. It is then put through a controlled, partial hydrolysis to remove the sulfate and a sufficient number of acetate groups to give the product the desired properties. The most common form of cellulose acetate fiber has an acetate group on approximately two of every three hydroxyls. This cellulose diacetate is known as secondary acetate, or simply as “acetate”.

After it is formed, cellulose acetate is dissolved in acetone for extrusion. As the filaments emerge from the spinneret, the solvent is evaporated in warm air (dry spinning), producing fine filaments of cellulose acetate.

Cellulose Acetate Characteristics: 

  • Luxurious feel and appearance 
  • Varieties of Colors
  • Soft and Drapable
  • Fast drying
  • Mildew, shrink and moth resistant

Apparel Uses:

  • Blouses, linings, wedding and party attire, home furnishings, draperies

Industrial Uses:

  • Cigarette filters

     3. Elastane

Elastane is another name for Spandex or Lycra. It’s known for its elasticity and is more durable than rubber. It is also part of the polyester family. In 1958 chemist, Joseph Shivers invented the polyesterpolyurethane copolymer. When introduced to the world in 1962 it revolutionized the clothing industry.

The name “spandex” is an anagram of the word “expands”

  • In the United States, it’s Spandex
  • Europe it’s elastane
  • France it’s élasthanne
  • Germany it’s Elastan
  • Spain it’s elastano
  • Italy it’s elastam
  • Netherlands it’s elastaan

      4. Lyocell  (Eco-Friendly but synthetic) 

Lyocell or TENCEL is a form of rayon according to the FTC.  It consists of cellulose fiber made from dissolving pulp (bleached wood pulp) using dry jet-wet spinning. It was developed beginning in 1972 by a team at the now defunct American Enka fibers facility at Enka, North Carolina.

As of 2010, Lyocell is more expensive to produce than cotton or viscose rayon. It is used in many everyday fabrics.

Although they are manufactured fibers, rayon, modal and lyocell are not considered synthetic. All three are referred to generically as “regenerated cellulosic fibers” due to the manner in which they’re manufactured. Nor are they natural fibers produced directly from plants or animals.

Lyocell was created with color in mind, the fibers’ high absorbency and can be dyed to high-quality standards. It can absorb moister 50% greater than cotton and is considered a breathable eco-fabric.

Lyocell Fiber Characteristics

  • Soft, strong, absorbent
  • When wet produces special textures
  • Excellent wet strength
  • Wrinkle resistant
  • Very versatile fabric dyable to vibrant colors, with a variety of effects and textures.
  • Hand washable
  • Like an artificial silk, suede, or leather touch
  • Good for draping
  • Biodegradable

Depending on the care label you can wash or dry-clean Lyocell.

      5. Nylon

Nylon is any of numerous strong tough elastic synthetic polyamide materials that are fashioned into fibers, filaments, bristles, or sheets and used especially in textiles and plastics. 

Nylon is considered a lightweight fiber. It’s added at the points of wear such as seats of jeans, knees, heels of socks and toes. Once wet nylon will loose it’s strength. 

Since Nylon is elastic, it’s perfect for hosiery and apparel. Nylon can be draped, is resilient, and wrinkle free. It can conduct heat and is used in winter outwear allowing the wearer to remain warmer.

Nylon is not breathable. It is resistant to water and dirt making it very easy to clean and should be bleached with peroxide instead of chlorine.  It can resist moths, fungi, mildew and shrinkage.