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Linen

For 30 years our core competence.

We order our linen fabrics from a traditional weaving mill in Ireland and a linen-specialized supplier from Italy. Since the 12th century the manufacturing of linen has a long tradition in Ireland and is one of the oldest cultivated plant.

Clothes made of linen offers unexcelled freshness and coolness. It´s comfortable, breathable and leaves a breezy feeling on the skin. The natural product linen is hygienic and appears antibacterial, it supports anti allergically processes and it´s free of skin irritating substances. Linen appears antistatic and neutralizes smells. Compared to cotton linen saves up to 90% water in production until a garment is fully manufactured.

Our linen uses „dew-retting“ and is produced clothing-gentle and ecologically and renounces completely artificially watering. While this natural degrading processes the fiber peels off the stipe, the harvested plants will be laid on the tilled soil. Dew, which panders the development of microorganisms, is finally dispensing the pectin (herbal glue) for the continuing treatment.

The opposite of „dew-retting“, mostly used while manufacturing Chinese linen, is very un-ecological as it pollutes the waters and causes a much higher water consumption.

Plant dyeing

Parts of our collection are plant-dyed.

Elemente Clemente cooperates with a ÖKOTEX* certified dyeing mill based in Tunisia. In collaboration with the Tunisian research institute ENIM the German-Tunisian factory has been experimenting with vegetal dyes for the past 12 years. For this dying process the used colorant is extracted directly from the plant. This procedure is GOTS certified.

Worth mentioning is in this matter that our fixing during the dyeing process is free of metal/ferric sulfates like they are usually used in other dyeing processes. That means there are not used any chemical substances. The formula for the used fabric softener is based on Aloe Vera.

Plants from which our textile dyed substances made of are, amongst others, Bougainvillea glabra Choisy, Calendula arvensis, Hypericum triquetrifolium Turra or Scabiosa atropurpurea.

Boiled wool/ wool

Pure wool is high-class knitted in Italy and felded afterwards. Boiled wool is the traditional, naturally water- repellent fabric of the mountain climber. It is self-cleaning, very hard-wearing, breathable and very warming, too.

Wool is a natural product and therefore an important natural resource for us as a sustainable thinking company.

It´s exclusively made from sheep who were treated and sheared with a mulesing free method.
Mulesing is a tormenting procedure that is used to avoid fly infestation on sheep. We do not support such a procedure.

Organic Cotton

Our organic cotton fabrics are GOTS-certificated come from controlled, biological farming (KBA) in Izmir/Turkey or Uganda. Many aid-projects of peasants and small farmers are funded by our supplier in Uganda.

Tencel

Since it absorbs moisture, is breathable, cools with heat and warms in the cold, the natural pulp has very special properties. Regardless of environmental benefits it is very suitable to people with allergies.

Tencel is extracted from gum wood. The trees are cultivated on land which cannot be used for the cultivation of food. Compared to cotton the water consumption is 10-20 times less and yields 6 times as much.

It's unique manufacturing process makes TENCEL® a future fiber. The used solvent is guided in a circle to nearly 100%. This circle is honored by the „European award for the environment.“

Recycled polyester

Through a special process the recycelt polyester from germany is made of old PET-bottles. The resistant, durable fabric is wrinkle-free, easy to care for, elastic and requires less energy in the production than cotton and usual polyester.

A tonne of recycelt polyester saves about 5,7 cubic metres of waste. It has enormous saving-potential since the raw materials, for example crude oil and the used energy, doesnt have to be further processed. In comparison with our first production, we can save 90% of water.

Recycled nylon

Just like polyester, nylon is made of old materials, like collected fishernets.
Not only is it saving our oceans and sea animals like dolphins, turtles and wales which often get caught by those nets, also it is saving energy and raw materials.
Hereby we are making a contribution to secure the threatened habitat of animals.