Have you ever wanted to know more about the fabrics we use at Mila.Vert? There's a bunch of them, that's why we created an overview of our fabric choices below.
The majority of our clothing is made from certified organic cotton, which we buy from GOTS-certified fabric agents, resellers and yarn producers. Either in the form of knitwear made from organic cotton yarn or in other organic cotton garments, this is one of our trusted classics we keep reaching for time and time again.
What certified organic cotton means is that:
- fabrics are made from 100% organic fibers,
- no toxic products and materials were used in the making of the fabrics,
- all workers in the production chain were given a fair wage,
- the fabrics were made under high water and energy efficience standards.
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.
Some of the organic cotton we use comes from Cotonea, one of the fabric manufacturers we work with. Cotonea 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 according to their website, 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, giving Ugandans the opportunity to take advantage of their natural resources and build their future.
In search for new sustainable fabrics, European linen caught our attention for its gorgeous looks and its many eco-friendly benefits. Flax has been traditionally grown in Europe for centuries and is known for being resilient and drought-tolerant. We only use linen that is 100% grown in Europe under strict EU regulations, maintaining both our nature and workforce ethical standards during the entire process of production and manufacturing.
The result is a light linen fabric in natural beige or white colour, which is breathable, comfortable to wear and easy to style. Linen clothing feels extremely pleasant on the skin and is a great body temperature regulator – it will naturally keep you cool when the temperatures climb up.
Tencel™ and EcoVero™
When it comes to luxuriously soft and silky, yet fully sustainable fabrics, the Austrian manufacturer Lenzing leads the way with their innovative Tencel™ and EcoVero™ materials. Produced in a closed-loop system under strict EU regulations, the naturally-sourced materials instantly became our go-to summer fabrics.
Tencel™ and EcoVero™ are made from wood pulp in an environmentally responsible closed-loop production process, which transforms wood pulp into cellulosic fibers with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact. The solvent-spinning process recycles process water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of more than 99%, meaning that both fabrics are sustainably produced in a closed-loop system.
Using fabrics that are fully produced locally lowers the negative impact of transportation and allows us to use renewable natural materials that are sourced responsibly. Not only are the materials Earth-friendly – they look and feel as shiny and smooth as silk, drape the wearer gracefully and comfortably, and have a cooling effect. What’s not to like?
A blend of materials, including recycled wool, is used to make our winter coats. With its natural heat-retaining properties and sustainable sourcing, recycled wool makes the perfect material base for our warm coat fabrics. We exclusively use only repurposed, previously discarded wool, giving it a new life and saving it from going to waste.
Sustainable and certified organic materials are only one part of our story. Read more about our local ethical production here.