As the textile and apparel industries continue to evolve, measurable sustainability with robust traceability have established themselves as essential factors when choosing a fabric.
While waxed cotton already has a strong track record here, we are always looking for ways to lower our impact and reduce the resources used throughout our processes. We are all familiar with the ‘historical’ waxed cotton story. Originally created by pioneering fishermen of the North Sea, waxed cotton sail cloths were regularly up-cycled into practical garments to protect them from the elements. This process goes largely unchanged to date, though over time we have gained highly specialised resources and technologies to improve the final finish in terms of application and aesthetics.
Sustainability is woven into the integrity of our business, a legacy we are committed to continuing. To date, we have utilised otherwise wasted by-products from the oil industry in the form of petroleum jelly, paraffin waxes and hybrid blends. These resources provide us with traditional water-repellent characteristics and are built to last, however we have always believed that there were other ways to engineer quality waxed finishes.
We are therefore excited to give you a first look at the EverWax range, the next generation of sustainable fibres and finishes. This innovative set of fabrics embraces the same ethos of re-purposing waste products, recycling materials and embracing circularity. The first product launching in this category is made from a blend of 100% plant-based waxes and oils.
This exciting new development offers good overall weather performance, similar to traditional paraffin waxes, however uses all-natural plant-based waxes and oils consisting of a blend of olive oil, rapeseed and castor bean.
Olive oil and wax are non GMO and are natural by-products from the food industry. We use the low-grade triglycerides which is waste steam from manufacturing virgin olive oil. Grown in northern Europe, rapeseed is chosen for this blend for its carbon footprint and non GMO properties. Castor beans originate from India. It is a resilient crop, pest resistant, tolerant to drought and suitable for marginal land cultivation. Once the oil has been removed, the by-products can be used for various products.
All components are biodegradable and considered vegan friendly. Additionally, the fabric can be re-proofed, extending the lifespan of items made from it.
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