Dress Natural uses only natural textile fibers.
There are about seventy categories of materials that are used to produce clothing.
And every year they grow because research never stops, especially in the field of technofibre.
We do not use (and never will use) materials which involve killing or cruelty to animals.
We say NO to:
What we have left are textile fibers, a vast field, which to be understood must first be distinguished between
natural fibers and chemical fibers.
Which in turn are divided into
natural vegetable and animal fibers and
artificial chemical fibers.
A scheme helps ...
Natural textile fibers.
Natural textile fibers are made with mechanical processes starting from elements found in nature.
Vegetal ones derive from the cultivation of plants (flax or cotton for example), while animals ones are obtained by shearing the hair of some animals (sheep, goats, alpacas, etc.).
Chemical textile fibers.
Chemical textile fibers are produced by man in laboratory through chemical processes.
Artificial ones are obtained starting from natural polymers (wood cellulose, food industry waste, etc.) and are generally patented products (Lyocell, Modal, etc.).
Synthetic chemical textile fibers are made in laboratory starting from synthetic polymers coming from petrochemical industry.
All natural vegetable fibers present in Dress Natural garments are organic.
Natural vegetable textile fibers are obtained directly from herbs and shrubs.
People might think that any product made from these natural vegetable fibers obtained directly from nature can be part of sustainable fashion.
Today it is not that way.
With the advent of industrialized agriculture and the use of fertilizers and synthetic pesticides in fields, natural vegetable textile fibers, that derive from crops managed according to the current market standard, are compromised.
This is due both from possible biological changes during cultivation and the likely residual presence of synthetic chemicals, potentially harmful to human health.
To have natural vegetable fibers suitable for sustainable fashion, it is necessary that all the cultivation takes place respecting the rules of organic farming.
Among all natural vegetable fibers on the market, certified organic ones are quite common:
Organic certification is applicable only to natural fibers (not to chemical ones) and is obtained by respecting strict parameters, by the same logic that applies in organic farming for food products.
Elimination of environmental risks
Efficient use of resources
Low environmental impact in processing
Attention to working conditions
Social justice in the workplace
Dress Natural wools are so natural that they cannot be certified organic, they go beyond…
Natural animal textile fibers are obtained from animal fleece (wool or fur)
Or from secretions of some insects (silk).
Wool is considered the winter textile fibre par excellence, ignoring that its great thermoregulation characteristics make it suitable for summer garments.
In order to determine its value (and consequently also its price), the criterion to
use is the fineness of the fleece.
The best wool, when pure, are:
Vicuña, Cashmere, Mohair, Alpaca, Merinos
The production of wool involves necessarily the animal, that has to be sheared or combed.
As in the case of natural vegetable fibers (industrialized agriculture), with the advent of
intensive farming and, more generally, in the event of failure to respect animal rights, the resulting wool does not generate sustainable fashion.
Incorrect nutrition and mulesing are some of the forms of violence, becoming “normal” within a farm that does not preserve the integrity of animal as a living being.
These mistreatments, thanks to the work of animal rights associations and the visibility of some famous people, testimonials of information campaigns, begin to be in the public domain.
And that is great!
There is a valuable difference between a farmer who tortures and exploits animals and a shepherd who lives in symbiosis with his animals, respecting them.
And what about organic wool?
Organic wool is a correct choice in sustainable fashion, on pair with natural vegetable fibers.
Organic certification is perfect when the flock lives in a stable farm that provides controlled feeding, but is not applicable when the goats and sheep live in the wild.
Dress Natural has chosen to use exclusively wool of shepherds who have flocks in the wild, where animals, besides not suffering any mistreatment, live choosing what to eat, free to implement typical behaviours of their species.
We buy high quality wools from flocks located on highlands and in pristine valleys, supporting local communities committed to preserving millennial cultural traditions.
Organic and cruelty-free silk go in the right direction, but for Dress Natural they are not sustainable. Silk is a protein fibre of animal origin that is obtained from some insects of the order of lepidoptera.
Silk has accompanied man for a very long time (in China there are testimonies that date back to 3,000 BC) and is always combined with a perception of luxury and preciousness.
In the collective imagination the worm secretes a filament with which it wraps creating the cocoon, which serves as a protection during the metamorphosis.
Once the transformation process is completed, the worm becomes a butterfly which comes out of the cocoon and flies free in the sky showing bright colors.
That’s not like that …
To produce silk, the silkworms are killed. Boiled alive, suffocated in gas chambers, no silkworm becomes moth. Preferred condition in silk processing is that the silkworm filament, which can be 350 meters long to almost a kilometer, is uninterrupted.
For this reason, silkworms are killed before they complete the metamorphosis: getting out from the cocoon, would cut it.
The silk, therefore, although not directly obtained from the filled worm, still requires its death. For each kilogram of silk are sacrificed from 2,000 to 3,000 worms..
Do the organic and cruelty-free silk are sustainable choices?
The organic certification guarantees that the worm is bred without hormones and that the mulberry leaves are free of synthetic chemical residues (pesticides and fertilizers are not allowed in organic farming)
So we will have healthy worms that feed naturally and produce a really pure silk.
But the organic disciplinary does not enter the merits of killing worms, it only cares that worms are as healthy as possible, as long as it is alive. In a logic of circular economy, some directives consider the dead worm as a residue of processing, encouraging the reuse of it in the mixing of feed.
Cruelty-free silk does not kill the chrysalis: before starting the processing, it expects the moth to come out of the cocoon, but it does not express any requirements in terms of hormones and pesticides.
Dress-Natural has chosen not to use silk, at least until the market is able to propose an organic and cruelty free silk that ensures that the moth has a life equivalent to the wild.
Is vegan fashion sustainable? Not always…
Vegan fashion categorically excludes any use of natural textile fibers derived from animals, whether they have been killed for their skin/fur or raised for their fleece.
No vegan product can contain natural animal fibers, animal skin, feathers and animal fur.
And this applies to every component, so not only the garment but also all its details and decorations.
Vegan fashion can therefore be made with natural vegetable fibers and all chemical fibers.
But synthetic chemical fibers derive from petroleum and artificial chemical fibers are "laboratory" products that give no absolute guarantee about transformation processes and residual components.
Wear vegan means having total respect for all animal shapes, but it also includes the possibility to wear non-ecological and unethical clothes.
Buying vegan fashion does NOT automatically means wearing sustainable fashion.
For all vegan people who want to associate to their sensitivity to animals, the same attention to the environment and people, Dress Natural offers them natural vegan fashion.
Vegan clothing (no animal component) composed exclusively of vegetable natural fibers (no chemical fibers) with respect of job ethic (no exploitation of people).