REPURPOSED RENTAL TEXTILES: FABRICS WITH POLYESTER AND COTTON AND PURE COTTON
A major part of TAUKO collections are made from reused polyester-cotton fabrics. The origin of the raw materials is in the Finnish and German textile maintenance companies who regularly discard textiles that they can not offer for their clients any more. Even though natural fibres are often considered the most ecological choice, TAUKO is very keen on reusing fabrics that contain polyester.
Reusing the textiles that are easy to maintain, durable and recyclable is at the core of TAUKO philosophy. We have been reusing polyester-cotton textiles since 2013. There is no virgin polyester derived materials in TAUKO clothes, yet there is plenty of reused and some recycled (in zippers for example) polyester.
Polyester-cotton blends are strong and therefore durable. Polyester fibres are able to keep their strength after a lot of usage as they do not get shorter during the usage as natural fibres do. The length of a textiles fibre is very often a qualification for its strength and smoothness. They are also tear-resistant.
In addition to the polyester-cotton blends, we also use 100% recycled cotton fabrics when applicable.
Learn more about recycled polyester - cotton mix fabrics here
ORGANIC MERINO WOOL
Merino is a breed of sheep highly prized for its soft and finely crimped wool. The diameter of merino wool is smaller than other wool and this makes it so fine and expensive. Because of its thin diameter, merino isn’t itchy or rough like thicker wools but still offers impressive warmth and moisture wicking capabilities.
The special and highly appreciated merino sheep are sheared in spring for the wool production. Shearing is the act of harvesting wool fleece from a sheep. The wool fiber is a hardened protein, and does not contain any sensory structures.
Annual shearing benefits both the sheep as well as the wool producers and users. Shearing in the spring allows the sheep to begin growing their wool in time to have a full coat by winter.
Merino wool has many unbeatable qualities that no synthetic or cellulose (eg. Cotton) fibres have. It is also much more durable than cotton. This is one of the main reasons why we wanted to add the material into our collections.
Learn more about merino wool here.
OCEAN PLASTICS - RECYCLED POLYESTER
Recycled polyester is made from old plastic bottles and plastic waste collected from the sea. The old plastic objects are crashed mechanically into small pieces, brought back to the fibre level and then spun into yarns and knitted or woven to fabrics.
We use recycled polyester fabrics mainly in the linings of dresses
, jackets and coats. It saves up to 80% natural resources compared to virgin polyester, replace silky viscose mixes. Durable, high quality, and silky feel are the features that we adore with recycled polyester.
For the Autumn 2019 we introduced puffer quilted products, Moraine scarfs
and Capsule coat, that have a soft down-feel like padding made from recycled polyester. Finding this materials allows us to develop outdoor clothes that are completely vegan, made from 100% recycled materials and keep you warm during the coldest seasons of the year.
For the Spring and Summer 2019
we presented the amazing, silky and shiny, plant based, vegan and recycled cupro knits.
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.This exclusive material is one of the key elements of the future for sustainable fashion.
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 a traceable and transparent process with an increasingly efficient use of water and energy resources.
Learn more about cupro textiles here
Textiles that are left over from clothing manufacture are called surplus textiles or dead stock. There can be many reasons why textiles are produced more than it is needed for the actual making of the clothes and in the end the amount of surplus textiles can become massive.
TAUKO employs high quality, Finnish origin, surplus textiles for the different jersey knits. These knits offer the variation to complete the collection.
The pioneering REFIBRA™ technology involves upcycling a substantial proportion of cotton scraps e.g. from garment production, in addition to wood pulp, where the raw material is transformed to produce new virgin TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers to make fabrics and garments.
Soft knits that are made using refibra technology are used for manufacturing Pier turtle neck shirts, Purje-capri pants and Canvas tops and dresses.
Learn more about refibra here
SUSTAINABLE ACCESSORIES for detailing
All the zippers that are used for TAUKO collection items are made from recycled PET bottles.
The textile care labels and logos are made by an Estonian printing company that is focused on sustainable materials such as recycled polyester and organic cotton.
RECYCLABLE AND RECYCLED PACKING MATERIALS
All the online orders are wrapped in silk paper and packed in recycled and recyclable cardboard boxes. The branded TAUKO tape can be recycled as part of the packaging.
The hangtags, flyers and beautiful lookbooks are always printed on paper that is made from recycled cellulose.
When receiving the products from the manufacture, the single products are not packed individually in plastic, but they are carefully placed in recyclable cardboard boxes.
With every stage of the packing and deliveries, we avoid the usage of virgin plastic materials.