Finding just the right materials and feel for the new design is one of the core aspects of fashion design. We follow the latest innovations and research in the field of sustainable textiles to be able to offer the best available solutions in the new designs. With each seasonal collection we bring the new textile developments to your reach. For the Spring and Summer 2019 we present you the amazing, silky and shiny, plant based, vegan and recycled cupro knits.
This exclusive material is one of the key elements of the future for sustainable fashion.
Made from the cotton fiber production leftovers
One of the important things we have learned when working for circular economy, is that every single stage of fashion production produces waste. Cupro fiber is made from the waste of cotton production. To understand the process, we need to travel to the very beginning of textiles process to see which parts of the cotton plant are used for producing the textile fibre and which ones are considered as waste.
All the different parts of cotton plant can be used for different purposes: the cotton boll for cotton textiles, the seeds for oil and the linter for cupro.
Cupro is a regenerated cellulose fiber, made from cotton plant. The most important part of the cotton plant is the fiber, which is used in making cotton cloth. Linters – the short fuzz on the seed – provide cellulose that is not used for cotton cloth, and it is a natural waste that produces when making the actual cotton cloth. This is used for making the cupro textiles.
Transparent and closed loop production for circular economy
Cupro is produced starting from an abundant and natural resources, elements that confers a credential to be able to speak about circular economy. These natural wastes are then transformed into the innovative cupro fiber. It is traceable and transparent process with an increasingly efficient use of water and energy resources. During the last decades of intensive development of the production process, almost all the materials used in the production are handled in closed loop method, thanks to the dynamic waste management system.
The cupro knit for the Sand and Ideals collection has been designed for TAUKO by Annamari Leppisaari. The fibres were spun into yarn in Italy and the knitting, cutting and sewing of the design has been made by the professionals of Holopainen knitting company in Tuusula, Finland.
This means that the usage of water and chemicals is minimized and the circulation of the chemicals used within the process is highly optimized. There are no harmful chemicals that would end up in the soil. The transparency of the production method allows development and discussion of the production.
The pros of cupro textiles
Plant based, vegan
Soft and silky feel
Non allergic, good for sensitive skin
Easy to maintain, machine washable
Closed loop and transparent production
The cons of cupro textiles
Cupro has the tendency for pilling. The textiles should be washed inside out and the pilling should be removed if it occurs
The knit is fairly delicate, treat your garment with tender love and care
The textile wrinkles quite easily, steam or iron with mild temperature to make the unwanted wrinkles disappear.
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Text: Mila Moisio
Photos: Laura Oja