We at Coco and Kandy are dedicated to constantly researching and sourcing sustainable and innovative fabrics to add to our collection. We only work with trusted, certified factory partners who have the same sustainable vision and values as we do. We always ensure the factories are free of child and forced labour, their workers are surrounded in a safe working space and paid a living wage.
Our fabrics are of absolute premium quality, natural or of botanic origin and hold both GOT and OEKO-TEX 100 certificates. This means that the fabric has been tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to be hazardous to human health. GOT, is a textile production certification that limits the use of toxic bleaches, dyes and other chemical inputs during the textile production process.
LYOCELL – TENCEL
Tencel™ is a branded type of lyocell fibers by Austrian company Lenzing, made of Eucalyptus wood pulp exclusively grown in sustainably managed, controlled and certified forests. The wood pulp is dissolved in a closed-loop process with a non-toxic organic solvent, then the solution is forced through tiny holes in order to create a biodegradable fiber that feels softer than cotton and cooler than linen. It keeps you comfortable and fresh. Other lyocell fibers may come from a variety of tree sources and not follow the same strict low environmental impact guidelines and processes which Lenzing follows.
Lyocell or Tencel material is very versatile and is used to make a whole range of items, from underwear to active wear, denim, footwear, bed sheets, towels, homewares and more.
Our Modal fabric is used from Lenzing Modal® fiber. It is made from the renewable raw material beech wood and up to 95% of the chemicals used are recovered during production. By integrating the manufacturing process with cellulose production, Lenzing Modal® CO 2 is neutral, requires less land per tonne than cotton fibers and has a water consumption level that’s ten to twenty times less than that of cotton. Some call it the underwear fabric and some just look to it as an environmentally friendly textile option.
Either way, modal is revolutionizing the fashion industry with its lightweight, stretchy, and breathable nature that takes beech tree pulp and turns it into an eco-conscious, durable option for clothing and housewares. It is also resistant to heat and is a good breathable material. In fact, modal fabric is 50% more absorbent than cotton and does not trap perspiration and odour.
Organic cotton is defined by the process of farming whereby cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. All cotton sold as organic must meet strict Federal regulations restricting how the cotton is grown, which includes the prohibition of genetically engineered seed.
The use of organic production systems replenishes and maintains soil fertility, reduces the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and builds biologically diverse agriculture. Third party certification organisations can verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production, so that you know when buying organic cotton, you are investing in water conservation, cleaner air, better soil, and improved farmer working conditions.
Supima is a rare, premium natural fiber. It is one of the finest cottons in the world. Less than 1% of cottons annually produced qualifies as Supima.
Established in 1954, the Supima organization was formed in El Paso, Texas to brand and promote Supima cotton. The Supima name was derived from a blending of the words ‘Superior’ and ‘Pima’. It is grown on approximately 500 family owned farms in a small microclimate of the southwestern United States, many of which are passed down from generation to generation. Their land is their legacy and great care is taken to preserve the health of the soil and conserve the water that nourishes it.
This unique cotton has a luxurious look and feel that sets it apart and solidifies its unique status. Supima is twice as strong as regular cotton, which makes for extraordinarily resilient products and is inherently softer and more luxurious due to its extra-long staple fibers. This extra length of the fiber produces smoother, cleaner yarns that result in a softer fabric that resists pilling. This means that all products will feel sumptuously soft and only get softer as the products age.
Supima’s finer fibers have a unique ability to deeply absorb dye, resulting in a product that retains colour better than regular cottons. These products will keep their brilliance wash after wash, giving you many years of use.
Our bamboo lyocell is processed into a fibre using chemicals that are covered under the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification. The process utilizes a ‘closed-loop’ system where all chemicals used are recycled and used again, and again. Organic bamboo is broken down quickly with natural enzymes to produce a fabric and is often a more expensive process.
Bamboo fabric is considered an environmentally friendly material in comparison with conventional cotton, bamboo does not usually require pesticides or fertilisers and grows well without interference. The bamboo grows wild on hillsides that are not suitable for growing food – which means the bamboo is not competing with food production for growing space. Natural rainfall is all bamboo requires for growth and is organically grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
Bamboo fiber works as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional cotton. Resulting in a fiber which is stronger than cotton in both wet and dry conditions. Bamboo fabric is made famous for its soft, cooling and sustainable qualities and performance tested to support your comfort and wellness.
Pure organic wool originates from healthy sheep raised on an organic farm. In contrast to conventional wool, pure wool goes right from the farm through the manufacturing process without exposure to any harsh chemicals.
Aside from its natural softness and comfort, organic wool offers up several other benefits:
It is highly absorbent as natural wools can absorb up to 30% of their weight without feeling damp. The coiled fibers wick moisture away from the body to evaporate naturally.
It is mold and mildew resistant, as thanks to the wicking action moisture can pass through the fibers. Mildews require moisture to grow.
It has great insulation as fibers trap dry, warm air near the skin keeping us warm in the winter. When it’s warmer, the breathable fibers pull heat and moisture away from the skin making us feel cooler.
Wool is super durable with fibers that resist tearing, resulting in garments that will last for years.
Wrinkle resistant and keeps its shape well, as when fibers are stretched it bounces right back.
Many wool producers are embracing the demand for organic wool as consumers and designers are becoming more aware of its health benefits and making a conscious effort to be environmentally responsible..