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Sustainable Fabrics

Posted on September 27 2016

Sancho's Dress is mindful of the effect the production of different fabrics has on the environment. Here is a list of some of the fabrics you'll find in our store and why we have chosen them.

Organic and Ethical Clothes at Sancho's Dress in Exeter

 Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown in subtropical countries from non genetically modified plants and without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilisers or pesticides.

“Buying organic cotton is a simple way that we can contribute to reducing the impacts of climate change, as amongst other things, organic cotton is proven to save and protect water resources and reduce carbon emissions.”

-Peter Melchett, Policy Director, Soil Association


Modal is a viscose fiber refined under modified viscose production and spinning conditions. It stands apart for its softness and is the preferred fiber for highquality t-shirts and similar products. 

Modal is currently called the new "wonder" fabric. It is a processed, bio-based textile made from the reconstituted cellulose of beech trees. This fabric combines the benefits of natural fibers and the fantastically soft feel. Soft and smooth, with a texture similar to that of cotton or silk.

The modal sourced for Sancho's Dress tops, produced by Lenzing Modal is completely carbon neutral. 


Tencel is a sustainable  fabric, regenerated from wood cellulose. It is similar in hand to rayon and bamboo, both regenerated fabrics. However, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly regenerated fabrics, for several reasons. Tencel fibers are grown sustainably.

"Unlike rayon and bamboo, Tencel’s supply chain is transparent. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms—no old growth forests, genetic manipulation, irrigation, or pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification meaning that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests. The European Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification has also endorsed Tencel's farming practices as sustainable. Tencel eliminates the negative environmental impacts of traditional fiber processing, using new sustainable technologies."


"In addition, the cellulose or ground pulp used for Tencel is treated in what is known as a closed loop process in which these solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5%. The tiny amount of remaining emissions is decomposed in biological purification plants. Because of the nature of the material, the processing never requires bleach. This overall method of manufacturing fabric was awarded the “European Award for the Environment” by the European Union."

Recycled Polyester

Recycled polyester uses PET as the raw material. This is the same material that is used in clear plastic water bottles. Recycling it to create this fabric prevents it from going to landfill. Recycled polyester takes on properties of water resistant materials and so is suitable in making rain resistant clothing. 

Upcycled Fabric

Upcycling is described by some as reusing a material without degrading the quality and composition of the material for its next use. Upcycling strong fabrics such as leather for shoes prevents them from going into landfill. In addition to this it reduces the demand on limited resources by tightening the loop of production.

Why Do We Use These Fabrics?

We are motivated to provide environmentally and socially sound clothing to protect our environment from undue damage and also enable disadvantaged people from around the world to seek better futures. 



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