Thursday, January 20, 2011

Organic Fabrics 



No one would like to eat a bowl of pesticides drenched food. Then why wear clothing doused in chemicals?

Centuries before people use to live in harmony with nature and believed in giving even better environment for their coming generations. Now, people have crossed all limits dominated by the voracity of luxuries, benefits and money. This is taking a serious toll on the environment, and on the lives of all living beings in the planet.

The 'Chemical Cocktail' of Clothing:

When considering a healthy lifestyle, fabric is the first thing that comes to mind. Synthetic fabrics' teeming with chemicals and dyes pose severe health threats. Synthetic fibers makes the skin uncomfortable due to the presence of toxins in them. From towels to bed linens, and clothes they are all-pervading in our everyday life. Apart from the potential health hazards to humans, these synthetic fibers also leach into the environment causing serious damages to soil, air, ground water, and other living beings around us.

The Environment Shield Organization of US has declared that seven out of the top fifteen pesticides are used for growing conventional cotton, and are regarded as the most environment polluting pesticides. On the contrary, organic cotton is cultivated using untreated GMO seeds, and by adopting biological based growing practices. A beneficial habitat planting method is adopted which prevents pests, thereby eliminating the usage of toxic chemicals.

Natural Dyes Vs Synthetic Dyes:

Synthetic dyes involve many carcinogenic chemicals and effluents that are discharged into the river or atmosphere causing pollution. Chemicals used on fabrics can contain allergens, carcinogens and mutagens. Dyes that are used for special effects on textiles such as flame retardant, stain resistant etc., are likely to create health problems. Natural dyes are obtained from renewable sources, and are good to skin. They are bio-degradable and eco-friendly. Natural dyes are enriched with medicinal and curative properties, and impart healing qualities to the wearer of the fabric dyed with them. They save energy as they are not made from petroleum products. Furthermore, they provide rural employment, and also preserve traditional craftsmanship.

Life with natural fibers':

Acrylic, polyester, nylon, rayon, triacetate, acetate and other fabrics labeled as stain & wrinkle resistant, and moth repellent will have ample amount of chemicals in their making. These fabrics can be avoided, and replaced with natural fabrics like wool, silk, cotton, linen, cashmere, and hemp. Organic and herbal clothing is more preferable for people who are very sensitive to chemicals. Researches on people with multiple chemical sensitivities reveal that organic clothing is essential in reducing their exposure to toxic chemicals.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Milk Fiber was firstly introduced in 1930 in Italy & America to compete the wool. It is new generation of innovative Fiber & a kind of synthetic Fiber made of milk casein Fiber through bio-engineering method with biological health which has passed international ecological certification of oeko-tex standard 100. There are also some different brands for the same fiber manufactured from milk casein known as Aralac, Lanatil and Merinova.

Milk Yarn

Cyarn milk protein fiber dewaters and skims milk, and manufactures the protein spinning fluid suitable for wet spinning process by means of new bio-engineering technique, and new high-grade textile fiber is made by combining them.

Cyarn milk protein fiber is healthy for skin, comfortable, with bright colors due to good dyeability, etc. The milk protein fiber can be spun purely or spun with cashmere, silk, spun silk, cotton, wool, ramie and other fibers to weave fabrics with the features of milk protein fiber. It can also be used to create top-grade underwear, shirts, T shirts, loungewear, etc. to satisfy people's pursuit of comfortable, healthy, superior and fashionable garments.

General Features

Light, soft, comfortable, colorful and Elegant Colorful -Keeping tender hand-touch and right color after several washings Easy Care-Being resistant to fungus, good moisture absorption & conduction, insects and aging.

Advantage

Today's Milk Fiber is environmentally friendly, high strength & much more superior as compare to man-made fibers. Some of the benefits of having Milk Fiber are as given below:

  • As it is having continues graft polymerization technique hence it is totally eco-friendly in nature.
  • It can be considered as "Green Product" as no formaldehyde is present in the product.
  • Milk fiber is made from milk casein instead of fresh milk. We may use acid, reactive or cationic dyes for this kind of specialty fiber.
  • Ph of milk fiber is 6.8 which are same as that of human skin. Hence the products made up from them are more compatible to human skin.
  • Milk Fiber contains seventeen amino acids & natural anti-bacterial rate is above eighty percent. Hence milk fiber has sanitarian function.
  • It is a new synthetic Fiber having milk protein as main material based on high technical process. Milk Fiber has the advantages natural Fiber combined with synthetic Fiber.
  • These are more comfortable, excellent water transportation & air permeability
 
Application

Because of the healthy & bacteriostatic nature of milk Fiber, it is being considered as a perfect material for manufacturing of underwear. As discussed above, milk casein proteins are considered as a main ingredient of milk protein Fiber, which can lubricate the skin. The milk protein contains the natural humectant factor which can help to maintain the skin moisture, to reduce the wrinkles & to smoothen the skin - which may help to realize the people of taking milk bath. The major usages of milk Fiber are as given below:

  • T-Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Sportswear
  • Ladies outerwear
  • Sweaters

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Pineapple Fiber-New Innovation to
Reduce Organic Waste

Pineapple Fiber
Pineapple Fiber
Pineapple fiber is made from the waste of pineapple fruit that is rich in lignin and cellulose. It is one of the best ways to use organic waste in a productive way. Organic matter is much above to be called as waste because so much can be done even from the leftover portion. Pineapple fibers are mostly combined with polyester or silk to make the silky textile fabric. The pineapple fiber is also called pina. Pina is a Spanish word that means pineapple.

If we see then only 52% of pineapple is used for making jam and the remaining 48% is considered as organic waste. This leftover portion is rich in lignin and cellulose and these content make decomposition quiet hard. This results in pollution and affect environment badly. So there is an option of making pineapple fabric from this.

Most of the pineapple fibers are made from the leaves of pineapple and most commonly used in Philippines. The process of making pineapple fabric involves retting, decortication, combing etc. It generally takes 5-7 days to complete the process of pineapple fiber production. Fibers are quiet sticky so it is difficult to separate these during decortication so lots of chemicals are required. But there is a need to develop more eco friendly technology for pineapple fiber production.

Pineapple Fiber Properties

  • Pineapple fiber is very soft.
  • It has the luster and mostly white or ivory in color.
  • Light in weight.
  • Easy to maintain and care for.
  • Blends with other fabrics very well.
  • Softer than hemp.
  • No need of dry cleaning.
  • Elegant appearance.

History of Pineapple Fiber

Pineapple fiber or Pina cloth is more valuable than gold or silver in Philippines. Manila city in Asia use the Pina fabric in wedding ceremonies. Pina or pineapple fabric is weaved by few weaver making it precious and expensive. It is extensively used to make Barong Tagalong wedding dresses and traditional formal clothes in Philippines. Also table linens, mats and other such things are now made from pineapple fiber. To decorate this fabric in a traditional way Calado embroidery is done. The embroidered pina is then called pina calado.

How to Care for Pineapple Fabric?

  • To wash pineapple fabric take small amount of detergent in warm water.
  • Soak teh fabric in this detergent water. If yellowing of fabric has occurred the soak the pineapple fabric overnight in the water containing small amount of vinegar.
  • Scrub it gently.
  • Rinse it in clean water but do not twist the fabric.
  • Hang it to dry. You can also lay it flat for drying. It will not affect the shape.
  • Iron it on low to medium setting

Re-Introduction of Pineapple Fabric

Most of the pineapple fibers are used to make traditional dresses. But recently the pina fabric has be re-introduced by the top fashion houses who are always in search for something new and innovative. Now consumer have to come forward to support this natural fabric.