Happy Earth Day! This is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day, and the theme is “Invest In Our Planet.” The theme was selected to encourage people to take a more active role in the Earth’s wellbeing. We want to share a little bit about what we’re doing to be good stewards of Earth.
The material your clothes are made from matters. Sustainability was important to us when we began the search for the perfect fabric for our CoolRevolution pajamas. We decided early on we would not compromise on quality, as it’s important to us that every piece of clothing we make is from luxurious fabric that feels cool and soft against your skin, but we always wanted sustainable fabric. We wanted to work with a textile company that was environmentally conscious, too. That’s one of the reasons we selected naturally temperature-regulating rayon from bamboo. It’s a breathable, natural fiber that has a lot of environmental benefits synthetic fibers don’t have. Not all textiles are created equally.
Polyester and nylon are two of the worst fabrics for the environment
Sadly, most sleepwear and lingerie are made of polyester or nylon, which also are known as synthetic fibers. Producing polyester uses harmful chemicals, including carcinogens, and if emitted to water and air untreated, can cause significant environmental damage. These synthetic fibers also are not biodegradable. Because of this, every time you wash a polyester garment, it releases microfibers into our waterways, which can cause damage to marine life and the ecosystem.
Although polyester is less energy intensive than nylon to produce, it still requires more than double the energy of conventional cotton to produce.
Why fabric that begins with bamboo is better
Our special fabric begins with pulp from a bamboo plant. Here's what we love about CoolRevolution’s rayon from bamboo fabric:
- It’s eco-friendly, because it requires no pesticides or fertilizers and needs little water.
- Bamboo has a really deep root system, so when it’s harvested, it’s not destroying the soil. Bamboo grows as much as four feet a day.
- Scientists say that bamboo absorbs at least double – some say as much as six times – as much carbon as a similar size tree.
There are different ways to turn the bamboo stalk into fabric. When we began the search for the best fabric for soft, moisture-wicking pajamas, we also wanted to make sure the manufacturer was environmentally conscious.
The Dying Process
Dyes used to give our material great colors are low impact, fiber reactive dyes, which don’t have heavy metals like traditional synthetic dyes. The dyeing cycle is also shorter than tradition processes, which means less water, salt and chemicals are needed.
So how do you know if the garments you’re wearing use this process? It’s quite simple. They will show that the product is Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX®️. Only products with this label test for harmful substances.
The fabric used to make CoolRevolution PJs has been tested for the use of harmful chemicals, both regulated and non-regulated, which may be harmful to human health.
Women who wear CoolRevolution PJs often tell us that the fabric feels buttery soft. It's naturally smoother than a lot of other fabric. The fibers don’t have sharp spurs, which can irritate the skin, so it doesn’t cause allergic reactions such as wool or hemp.
Keeps you cool when you're hot and warm when you're cold
This is getting really technical, but we wanted to dig in to understand how this fiber can keep PJ wearers cooler. The cross-section of the bamboo fiber is covered with micro-gaps giving the fabric better moisture absorption and ventilation. As a result, it is able to keep the wearer almost two degrees cooler in the heat and noticeably warmer in the cold.
CoolRevolution's fabric is made in a factory that conserves as much energy as possible, including using all natural lights and generating power from solar panels in the parking lots. You can see inside the factory on this video.