Have you ever wanted to know more about how Mila.Vert clothes are made and who made them? What is the kindest way to take care of them and how to recycle or upcycle your fashion? You came to the right place. Welcome to the first of five chapters through which you will get to know our sustainable clothes a little bit better.
How our fabrics are made (inspires us)
Let’s start at the very beginning. One of the best things about being a sustainable fashion brand is working with the fabric producers. Not only do they make beautiful fabrics - the stories behind them are often truly inspiring.
Cotonea headquarters, Bempflingen, Germany (Source: Cotonea)
Cotonea - one of the fabric manufacturers we work with - is a partner of two farmer cooperatives, one in Kyrgyzstan and the other in Uganda. Today, 10.000 people in Uganda live off organic cotton growth for Cotonea, but it was not long ago that Uganda’s future didn’t seem bright at all. In 2006, Ugandan people were victims of a civil war, but after the war had ended other problems resurfaced. One of them was the low know-how on farming and agricultural practice of the Ugandan people. To start the production of organic cotton, Cotonea educated local farmers in organic farming and good agricultural practices, enabling to Ugandans the opportunity to take advantage of their natural resources and build their future.
Farmer cooperatives in Kyrgyzstan and in Uganda (Source: Cotonea)
You are wearing ...
We say our clothes are kind to your skin because we are choosing the fabrics very carefully. So, what are you wearing when you are wearing Mila.Vert?
The classics: cotton and linen
When you are wearing Mila.Vert clothes, you are most likely wearing 100% organic, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified cotton or linen. This means:
- The fabrics are made from 100% organic fibers.
- No toxic products and materials were used in the making of the fabric.
- All workers in the production chain were given a fair wage.
- The fabrics were made under high water and energy standards.
Linen shirt made from 100% organic linen
The unconventionals: bamboo and hemp
The Bamboo detail dress is one of our best selling pieces and our Hemp back detail top is the kind of top that can look both sophisticated and casual. One of the reasons our customers love these two pieces is of course the fabric.
Bamboo detail dress made from organic cotton and bamboo detail
Bamboo fabric is very light and slightly transparent which makes it perfect for a summer dress. Most importantly, bamboo fabric is certified by OEKO-TEX, meaning it is free from harmful chemicals. As for hemp - hemp grows really fast and does not need any fertilizers to do so which makes it one of the perfect sustainable fabrics. The hemp fabric we use is a blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton.
Hemp back detail top made from hemp and organic cotton fabric blend
You may have noticed some of our clothes are made of fabrics that include elastane. We use elastane for pieces that need a bit of a stretch to feel super comfortable while wearing, enabling them to wrap around your body. Our Rib cotton kimono is the perfect example of that kind of clothing.
Now you know our kind of fabrics, but stay tuned. Next time we will look closely into the production process of our clothes.