The Fabrics of Eco Fashion
The Deborah Lindquist Eco Couture and Green Queen lines incorporate 3 different types of eco conscious fabrics. Organic, Sustainable, and Reincarnated/Upcycled.
Deborah Lindquist uses organic cotton and organic linen grown from non-genetically modified plants, grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. By eliminating the use of toxic chemicals used in commercial cotton and linen production, the result is a healthier product and a healthier environment.
Modal and tencel are synthetic fabrics made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp. She uses Modal throughout the Green Queen by Deborah Lindquist clothing line. Modal is made from beechwood, tencel from eucalyptus, and both are fully biodegradable. The fibers are produced via an advanced “closed loop” solvent spinning process, with minimal impact on the environment and economical use of energy and water. The 99 percent solvent used in the process is recovered and continually recycled.
Also contributing to the eco fashion base of fabrics is recycled polyester blends. Recycled polyester (often written rPET) is considered a green sustainable option in textiles because the energy used to create fiber out of recycled plastic bottles is less than what was needed to initially create the fiber. Using recycled polyester in eco fashion actually helps to keep bottles and other plastics out of landfills.
Hemp is one of the earliest and fastest growing domesticated plants known, and is an environmentally friendly crop as it is naturally pest resistant and requires no herbicides to grow quickly. Hemp is similar to linen in its look and feel, and only water is needed to break down the “bast” fibers into usable fibers for fabric. Hemp is one of Deborah’s favorite sustainable fabrics and is used often in her Eco Wedding Collection.
Deborah Lindquist incorporates interesting upcycled fabrics of many types in her Eco Couture Collections and “reincarnates” them into new garments.
Upcycled textiles are post-consumer textiles remade into new garments. They espouse the same tenets of sustainability that come from other aspects of our lives: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Our reincarnated fabrics include cashmere, wool, denim, leather, lace, saris, beaded fabrics, scarves, nylon parachutes, and anything else we find and love.
Sonic Fabric is an audible textile developed by artist Alyce Santoro and created from recycled recorded audio cassette tape. Sonic Fabric is versatile textile woven from 50 percent polyester thread and 50 percent audiocassette tape recorded with intricate collages of sound. Deborah Lindquist uses this inventive textile to create Steampunk inspired bustiers and corsets. For more information about Sonic Fabric and our Sonic Fabric bustiers and corsets click here.
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