The fashion industry is notoriously known for its ‘take-make-waste’ way of operating.
It is an approach with a disastrous environmental impact and substantial economic losses. Not only it depletes the planet from critical resources, but nearly 60 per cent of all the clothes produced end up being burned or in landfills within one year of their creation.
Given the stringent necessity of a change and the sensitivity of the matter, the fashion industry should and is gradually changing from its old and outdated linear model of ‘take-make-waste’ to a more circular one, where the manufacturing of fashion apparel lies on innovative materials that feed, restore, and regenerate the planet, instead of substances that deplete and pollute it.
At Kozii, we take great care to ensure that our materials are as natural and organic as possible and constantly strive to be up-to-date with innovations available in the fashion industry that help us follow this direction.
Get to know our fabrics.
Cotton is the most used textile fiber in the history of clothing and in the production of textiles.
It is considered organic when grown from a plant without genetic modification and without resorting to synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, maintaining and recovering the fertility and the life of the soil and the diversity of living beings.
It is a natural, long and resistant fiber, which guarantees quality and durability to the fabric. Due to its strength and durability, the cotton fiber has a very high versatility giving rise to good quality fabrics.
Clothing made from organic cottons have the feel of linen without the weight and most weaves have a characteristics smoothness and weight which makes then particularly flattering in their drape and comfortable to wear all year long.
Modal fabric, originally developed in 1951, in Japan, has recently been marketed as “Art-Silk”.
It consists of a natural fiber extracted from renewable celluloid plants such as beech trees, pine trees and bamboo. By spinning the wood pulp into liquid and then forcing it through very small holes, a fine fibber is created to later be woven into a luxurious knit fabric.
Like all cellulose fibers, modal is designed both to stay color-fast and absorb dye when washed in warm water. It is highly breathable and about 50% more absorbent to water than cotton. Draping just like silk, makes it ideal for fresh, fashionable and extremely comfortable summer wear. Even though it has been around for so many decades, it is now more popular than ever.
According to Lenzing Modal, an Austrian company pioneer in Modal production, it has a positive environmental carbon neutral footprint, requiring considerably less land per ton and consuming between ten to twenty times less water than any cotton plantation, making the production process gentle on its use of energy and other resources.
Like cotton, it is a plastic-free, 100% biodegradable eco-friendly fiber.
Silk is widely regarded as the most luxurious textile on the planet.
Its tumultuous history, rife with wars, secrecy, and centuries of trade, bears little resemblance to the fabric’s current reputation for being the epitome of high fashion.
The most abundant form of silk, a natural protein fiber, is cultivated from the cocoon of mulberry silkworm larvae. Silkworms lay eggs on special paper and eat only fresh mulberry leaves.
Thirty-five days after hatching, the silkworms begin spinning their cocoons. Each cocoon yields 1,000 yards of raw silk thread, which is then spun to produce a “yarn” of silk. The process is time-consuming and delicate, which explains the high cost of silk. The fiber gets its brilliant shimmer from its structure, a triangular prism that reflects light at varying angles.
Silk’s textile origins date back to 6000 BC, when the wife of China’s Yellow Emperor, Xi Ling-Shi, went for a walk among damaged mulberry trees and noticed glistening threads attached to worms eating the plant’s leaves.
Today, silk fabrics are prevalent in every country: from Indian saris to French couture gowns, it has pervaded all cultures. Its low conductivity keeps one warm in the winter, while its great absorbency wicks moisture away during summer.
Even though it is very durable it is a 100% natural biodegradable fiber, plastic-free, healthy and eco-friendly, providing a good option for those who seek alternatives in sustainable fashion.
Organic Lotus Fiber
Creating organic Lotus flower fabric is a delicate, intensive and very slow eco-friendly process.
By hand, the stems are harvested, the fibers collected, dried and rolled into thread to be later hand-woven in traditional Burmese looms. Like a cross between silk and linen, organic Lotus is very soft, cool in summer, warm in winter, highly breathable and wearable year-round.
Very much like our Modal, it drapes just like silk.
Organic Banana Fiber
Banana fabric is an organic vegan textile which fibbers are extracted from the stalk of the banana plant.
They have a natural sheen as the inner strands of the stalk are very fine, allowing an incredibly breathable and comfortable silky, just like a second skin.
Organic Soy Fiber
Organic Soybean protein fiber has the lustre of silk with an excellent drape.
It is antibacterial, soft, sooth, lightweight and extremely breathable, making it very comfortable, healthy and hazard free natural green option for both fashion designers and consumers.
Organic Corn Fiber
This Corn fiber is extracted from fermented organic corncob starch.
It has the lustre of silk yet better breathable characteristics. It has excellent touch and drape and fabrics made from it are exceptionally comfortable. It is so eco-friendly that it can be recycled into biological fertilizers.
Organic Milk Fiber
Although milk fiber was used in the 30s to compete with wool it has now taken a new dimension as an organic, biodegradable and antibacterial fabric.
Draping like silk, it is temperature regulating, light, absorbent and flame resistant, providing great comfort without harming the environment.