Non-Animal or “vegan” garments are made from natural and manufactured (synthetic) fabrics such as plant base fibers and recycled materials that are environmentally sustainable. AVESSO’s team combines the best of these fabrics in our designs and has provided a simple glossary below.
Cotton/Organic Cotton: A soft, absorbent and breathable natural fiber, making it perfect for clothing worn close to the skin. Cotton keeps the body cool in summer and warm in winter. Organic cotton is non-allergenic and is grown without using any chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Linen: A natural fabric handmade from flax plant. Linen is an excellent choice of fabric for summer as it allows air to penetrate and keep the body cool. It is also very strong, comfortable, lightweight yet durable, and doesn’t stretch over time.
Bamboo: A fiber fabric made from the pulp of bamboo grass. Bamboo grows without irrigation, so it is a great sustainable textile option. Bamboo fiber is naturally anti-bacterial, UV protective, biodegradable, breathable, cool, strong, flexible, and soft.
Curpro: A regenerated cellulose fiber derived from cotton linter. This fabric is similar to rayon with a silky touch (and often used as a silk substitute), but breathes and regulates body temperature like cotton. Cupro is a hypoallergenic, antistatic fabric that is resistant to stretching out of shape.
Tencel: The registered name for the fabric, Lyocell. It is of botanic origin, extracted from wood. Production of Lyocell is extremely ecofriendly due to the closed loop system. It involves nontoxic solvents and does not release chemical by-products into the air. Textiles made of this fabric are comfortable to wear and have properties similar to cotton.
Modal: A cellulose fiber made from wood pulp created by Lenzing Company. This fabric is naturally soft on the skin and exceptionally ecological. The fiber is produced using Edelweiss technology, a "symbiotic" production process where pulp, the raw material, is produced at the same time as the Modal fiber itself. Production is efficient and easy on energy and other resources.
Rayon (Viscose): A synthetic fiber created from wood pulp cellulose. Rayon's cellulosic base has many properties similar to those of cotton and other natural cellulosic fibers. Rayon is moisture absorbent (more than cotton), soft, and comfortable to wear.
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Polyester, Recycled Polyester: Today, new polyester is often recycled from existing polyester fibers, a process that requires very little water and leaves little waste behind. Polyester fabric is durable, strong, wrinkle resistant, comfortable and economical.
Nylon: A lightweight, durable, and synthetic fabric created by The DuPont Company in the 1930s as a replacement for silk. Nylon fabric is very durable and resistant to heat and tears. It is popular for its versatility and low-maintenance properties. Nylon resists stains and maintains its shape after washing, reducing wrinkles and distortion.