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Buying local and sustainable do not have to be mutually exclusive when it comes to textiles. More of the local companies are producing all natural lines and there have been more players added to the textiles arena that are producing locally who also care about sustainability.
Out of 247 Textile brands that showed at the Textiles Show in New York City last week, just five met the criteria of Sustainable Sourcing and US production.
To qualify as a sustainable textile, fabrics must be produced in accordance with fair trade laws or other labor laws that oversee international social standards. The choice of materials is critical and must use certified organic, select natural or recycled fibers, biodegradable and/or advanced synthetic fibers that have the lowest impact to the environment. The manufacturing methods of each material is just as important and must be in accordance with compliance for improved methods of dyeing, finishing and overall environmental management.
Company: Laguna Fabrics
Capabilities: Knitting, yarns, dyeing and finishing
Description: With a focus on certified raw materials and finishing with the lowest environmental impact possible, Laguna prides itself on offering the most comprehensive range of earth-friendly knit fabrics in premium jersey, novelty jersey, French terry, stripes, sweater knits and many other specialty fabrics for the contemporary, active and athleisure market. Laguna Fabrics does not stock fabrics, orders are made to order, which means some initial set-up on machines and therefore small orders are not possible. 1,000 yards is typically necessary for each fabric color. Laguna Fabrics serves the Contemporary, Active, Junior, Men’s and Children’s markets.
Sustainability: A large sub-set of Laguna Fabrics are eco-friendly, complete with eco-certifications including the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Organic Content Standard (OCS), Global Recycled Standarrd (GRS), Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), and the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex. Laguna Fabrics uses low impact dyes on all of their fabrics and recycles a percentage of their water in production. To view Laguna’s environmental friendly fabric offering including certified organic cotton, bamboo, help, Modal and Tencel.
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Company: SAS Textiles
Capabilities: Knitting, finishing, warehouses yarns and fiber
Description: SAS is a 165,000 square-foot sustainable, made in America, circular knitter and provider of textiles for fashion and performance apparel. SAS works hand in hand with suppliers to develop unique yarns that are up to date with today’s trends and predictive of tomorrow’s fashion. SAS’s founder and owner, Sean Sassounian, began by selling yarn to local knitters while studying at the University of Southern California. He quickly realized there was a lack of diversity in the fabrics knit locally and that there was a real need for a domestic knitter that could offer novel fabrics at a reasonable cost. SAS immediately stood out for quality, service and versatility of products…and still does today. When the textile industry moved toward outsourcing many jobs overseas, Sean was passionate about keeping jobs local. SAS markets include: Active, Yoga and Performance. Technologies include knitting, yarns and fabrics, intermingling yarn, eco-friendly fibers, brushing, performance finishing.
Sustainability: SAS wants to minimize the impact their manufacturing process has on the environment. The greatest impact their manufacturing has is in energy use. SAS has reduced their energy consumption by nearly 50%. They are currently looking into solar power and plan for 100% of the facility’s energy to be generated from solar panels on the roof.
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Company: Design Knit Inc.
Capabilities: Design, development, knitting
Description: Design Knit is a family owned, knit-to-order sustainable, made in America mill located in Los Angeles, California. They manufacture designer and better contemporary knit fabrics from sheer to heavy weight. Most of their line is prepared for dyed fabrics, however Design Knit Inc is able to produce piece and yarn dyed fabrics too. Design Knit Inc can product double and single knit products including jersey, rib, pointelle, pique, thermal, fleece, French terry, terry, mesh, interlock, sweater knits, sheers, lycra and spandex. Design Knit uses the following yarns: combed ring spun cotton, rayon, bamboo, organic, supima, micro modal, linen, wool and silk.
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Capabilities: Knitting, dyeing, printing, finishing, design, Q+A and R+D
Description: Texollini is a 250,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art sustainable and made in America vertically integrated knitting mill and textile manufacturing plant located in Long Beach, California. They offer over 7,000 different yarn and fabric combinations. A fully automated, computer monitored knitting, dye house and printing plant capable of operating 24/7, believes it’s ability to turn orders around quickly sets them apart. Their markets include: activewear, ready-to-wear, intimate apparel, swimwear, military, advanced performance. Their technologies include: innovative materials, yarns and fabrics, superfino and vaportex.
Sustainability: Planetary preservation, pollution control and waste reduction have been brand pillars for Texollini since their inception in 1989. Texollini prides itself on minimizing their C02 footprint with low-impact dyes, re-using waste water, CFC lighting, using natural power and employee and back-end programs to additionally sustain the environment. Click to view Texollini’s certification list.
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