Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Eco-Friendly and Organic Fabrics and textiles (Sustainable fabrics that have a reduced carbon, energy and pollution impact when compared to standard methods to produce fabrics and manufacture clothing. Eco friendly fabrics are produced from crops that do not require pesticides or dangerous chemicals to be grown, use less water, and create less waste during production and processing leaving a much lighter environmental footprint.  Sustainable Fabrics can also refer to man-made fabrics produced from renewable resources such as wood or bamboo, and hemp, whose benefits go beyond their positive social and environmental footprint. The fabrics we use for our Bubululu Malibu clothing designs are softer, more comfortable, durable, hypoallergenic, UV resistant and more moisture absorbent than conventional fabrics including cotton.

Conventional cotton represents 10% of the world’s agriculture and uses 25% of the world’s pesticides. 7 of the top 15 chemicals used in cotton production are known carcinogens, and massive amounts of water are required to grow cotton as well.

Polyester textiles are not biodegradable, as the main raw material used in producing polyester is petroleum, so production of polyester is not sustainable.

*Widely used fabrics in the garment industry; polyester, rayon made from unmanaged clearcutting of forests, acrylic, are all made using toxic methods and materials that are harmful to the environment.

*The importance of making conscious ethical choices when making purchasing decisions, and buying eco-friendly clothing as opposed to conventional clothing is becoming a high priority for many of our eco-conscious customers.  We will continue to spread awareness of sustainable fashion and create fashion with the health of our planet in mind (leaving a light environmental footprint) and will encourage sustainable fashion options.

Fabrics we currently are using for our Bubululu Malibu clothing designs

Tencel, (Lyocell): Tencel is an amazing eco-friendly fabric made from Eucalyptus wood pulp from sustainable tree farms, and is economical in its use of energy and natural resources,(using a closed loop process that recovers all solvents and emissions)and is 100% biodegradable. Tencel fabrics are naturally absorbent, antibacterial, and smooth, soft, and drapes beautifully.

Modal: Made from the natural cellulose found in sustainably harvested Beech wood from Beech Trees.  No pesticides or insecticides used in growing. Modal fabric is an eco-friendly rayon, super soft, wrinkle resistant, and drapes beautifully. (Conventional rayon is made from many different species of trees that are likely not sustainably harvested, and the production is depleting forests)

Bamboo: Bamboo is one of the most sustainable plants, as it is fast growing and does not require chemicals or irrigation, and biodegrades quickly. Bamboo rayon is made by dissolving its pulp into cellulose and then spun into viscose fibers. Clothing made of bamboo lasts long and holds its shape better than simple bamboo fiber. We often use bamboo fabric blended with organic cotton in our clothing line.

Soy Fabric:  This eco-friendly fabric is made from the hulls of soy beans, spun from leftovers of the soy food industry. The plant is easily renewable, and the fiber is biodegradable. It’s use has minimal environmental impact.  It has excellent absorbent qualities, which makes it cool and comfortable. The feel of the fabric is silky soft with a natural stretch. We use a blended fabric of Soy and Organic cotton for some of our clothing styles.

Hemp:  Hemp is considered an environmental super fiber and the world’s most versatile fiber. The fabric is made from the high yielding crop of cannabis sativa. It is an exceptionally durable and strong eco-friendly fabric. We love the natural linen-like look and feel of hemp fabric and fabric blends. Hemp fabric breathes well and its UV resistant qualities protects from the sun and makes a great fabric choice for beach clothing.

Linen: Linen fibers are derived from the flax plant, and much stronger and more lustrous than cotton. Linen has a crisp, or wrinkled quality that is naturally appealing, but when blended with other fibers, linen can have good wrinkle resistance. Linen fabric has a fresh coolness feel, and makes it a good choice in hot weather. We make our beach dresses and comfy boxy and hi-low tees with linen fabric.

Silk: made from natural, renewable and biodegradable protein fibers of mulberry silkworm cocoons.  Silk fabrics are light and comfortable with an illuminated luster. Our silk blouses, trousers, dresses and Kimonos are luxuriously appealing.

Linen Silk blend: We often use a semi-sheer linen and silk blend fabric for our cover-ups, caftans and long butterfly beach dresses.

Organic Cotton:  Organic cotton is free of pesticides, insecticides, and genetically modified organisms. The fabric is durable and softer than conventional cotton.

Wool: from shorn sheep in U.S. Australia and New Zealand. Garments made with wool are naturally breathable, create warmth and are wrinkle resistant, and retain shape.

 

*Our clothing is made in small batches close to home in Malibu and Los Angeles by women working out of their homes and in a small production house.  We are hands on and coordinate the design processes and supervise the sewing and production alongside of the sewing ladies.

*Enduring and versatile Styles that go from beach to street.