MATERIALS

All our materials are selected carefully. One of the most significant goals of our product development and production is to use durable and easy-to-maintain materials. Our garments are simple to take care of and well treated they stay beautiful and usable for a long time.

We prefer natural and recycled materials. All our fibers and fabrics are not yet sustainable, but we’re working on increasing their percentage of Voglia’s range continually.

 

VOGLIA’S SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

LENZING™ ECOVERO™

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ is an eco-responsible viscose developed by an Austrian textile development company called Lenzing. All the wood and pulp used to create this material is FSC or PEFC certified and comes from controlled sources aka sustainably treated forests nearby production mills. Manufacturing LENZING™ ECOVERO™ takes 50% less water and produces 50% less carbon dioxide emissions than so-called regular viscose. For more information, visit www.ecovero.com.

TENCEL™ LYOCELL

TENCEL™ Lyocell is a sustainable fiber also created by Lenzing. Each piece of cellulose used to produce these fibers is FSC or PEFC certified and origins from controlled sources aka sustainably treated forests. TENCEL™ Lyocell fabrics are much like viscose, but their production process is even more responsible as it doesn’t for example contain any use of harmful carbon disulfide. For more information, visit www.tencel.com.

RECYCLED POLYESTER

Recycled polyester is made from used plastic. Industrial scraps, old polyester garments, sea garbage… Voglia’s recycled polyester is made from PET bottles. PET is an abbreviation of a specific type of plastic called polyethylene terephthalate and often used in different grocery packages like water and beverage bottles. Polyester is easy to reuse; its chemical recycling and reforming doesn’t lower its qualitative features. The remade material is a good as new. Virginal, so to speak regular, polyester is made from petroleum, which is a non-renewable natural resource. Using recycled polyester reduces consumption of our limited natural resources, as there’s no need for new raw ingredients. Compared to the virgin polyester it also requires less water and chemicals to produce the recycled material.

LINEN

Linen is a durable plant fiber. In comparison with cotton its cultivation and manufacturing process produces 50% less emissions and necessitates noticeably less water and pesticides. In recent years linen’s percentage of Voglia’s material selection has increased considerably.

COTTON

Cotton is one of the staple fibres in our collections. It’s breathable, soft to touch and wear plus long-lasting and easy-to-maintain. As a natural fibre cotton is also biodegradable.

At the moment we are using several different types of cotton.

Organic cotton is produced respecting nature’s diversity. No harmful artificial fertilizers or pesticides are used, the soil is treated well and maintained fertile. So-called ordinary cotton is cultivated using plenty of chemicals, which are dangerous for both the cotton field workers and the end consumers. Those chemicals also pollute nature and waters around the arable lands. All organic cotton used by Voglia is GOTS and Oeko-Tex 100 certified. *

Organic & Mercerized is a range of sustainably mercerised organic cotton jersey fabrics by a Portuguese brand called RDD Textiles. Mercerisation is a finishing treatment for cellulose yarns and fabrics; it creates silkiness and luster, reduces shrinkage and improves the material’s dyeing qualities and strength. All RDD’s processes are certified by Control Union. Their mercerisation recovers and reuses almost 100% of the processed chemicals, produces hot water for the dyeing practice and allows less consumption of water vapour.

Recycled cotton is part of our collection in garments featuring R-TWO™ fabrics by ISKO™, which belongs to the textile division of SANKO Group. Based in Turkey this company is one of the leading innovators in global textile industry. Their R-TWO™ collection consists of fabrics mixing reused cotton and recycled polyester.

“Reused cotton is loss from yarn production that has a Content Claim Standard (CCS). In the cotton to fiber production process loss naturally occurs, this is collected and reused. The percentage of reused cotton can be between 5% and 20%. Our recycled polyester is also certified. The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) guarantees between 5% and 20% of recycled polyester in the fabric”, ISKO™ explains. Read more at iskodenim.com.

REFIBRA™

Refibra™ is a recycling technology again developed by an Austrian Lenzing. This technology utilizes fashion industry’s scraps to create new materials. Refibra™ fiber is part Voglia’s collection as a compound material of Remium knit made in Finland. Sensual and functional contributions of Refibra™ in the final fabric are softness, fine shine and beautiful draping qualities. Besides this fiber made from scraps the end fabric contains other ingredients to maintain quality and durability. For more information, visit www.tencel.com/refibra.

CELLULOSE TRIACETATE

Cellulose triacetate is a semi-synthetic fiber produced using wood pulp. It’s an exclusive product created by Japanese Mitsubishi. Mitsubishi’s closed loop method recycles solvents minimising the amount of chemicals used in the process and preventing their wastage. Cellulose triacetate has a smooth and flowy nature - it’s durable, resists wrinkling and doesn’t pill, so it’s easy to maintain and enjoy for years.

SILK

Silk is a natural fiber that comes from silk worm cocoons. It’s light, durable and antibacterial - as well as biodegradable. Silk is pleasant to touch and comfortable wear. It’s perfect for any season keeping you cool in high temperatures and giving you warmth in cold. The production process of silk requires only a minimal amount of water, energy and chemicals. With good care silk garments are long-term companions and can last for centuries.

WOOL

Wool is a versatile and long-lasting animal fiber. It’s recyclable and without chemical treatment also biodegradable. Wool is mostly used and loved for its natural warming qualities in the cold weather, but it’s pleasantly breathable and adaptable for thermal days too. Wool even keeps you warm as damp, if you get caught in the rain.

We choose our wool types carefully and monitor the responsibility of our suppliers regularly. Currently our collection features several kinds of wools.

Merino wool comes from merino sheep. It’s a soft and non-itchy natural material, comfortable to use also as a base layer. Merino wool is breathable and antibacterial. It’s easy to freshen up by air ventilation, which saves both the material and environment. We use mulesing free qualities from for example Argentina, Uruguay, New Zealand, Australia, United States and South Africa. (We are working on including the material origin on each garment’s product page.)

Mohair comes from angora goats. They have long high-shine fibers, which makes mohair knits fluffy and luxurious. Mohair wool is breathable and warming. It rarely needs to be washed - It’s easy to freshen up by air ventilation. Our mohair is mulesing free and comes from South Africa.

 

CHEMICALS

Voglia and its fabric suppliers are committed to follow REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), which is a set of instructions related to harmful chemicals given by the European Union. Ensuring protection of our environment and human health is one of its most important ambitions.

Part of our materials also have Oeko-Tex Standard for product security. It guarantees that there are no unwanted contaminants over permissible levels in our end products. *

MICROPLASTICS

For the moment we are using polyester in Voglia’s products for its functional features related to quality and durability. Although part of the polyester we are utilizing is recycled, we are aware of its sustainable challenges. Polyester unchains microplastics into our nature, especially in laundry.

During laundry we recommend you to keep all your clothes containing synthetic fibers in a special bag, which is meant to prevent microplastics from spreading into our environment via water. These pouches are produced and sold by for instance Guppyfriend.

 

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GOTS means Global Organic Textile Standard, which is a leading textile processing standard for organic fibers. It consists of ecological and social criteria plus nonpartisan certification for the whole textile production chain. This standard defines internationally approved qualifications, which ensure the organic status of each ingredient through the process from harvesting to final consumer of the end product.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a global certificate ensuring that a product is safe to use. Each product with this certificate has the right pH to be used safely on and next to bare skin. It must also be proven to contain no harmful chemicals or toxic dyes.