Materials

Eólas is committed to using the best quality fabrics without harming the environment. Our raw materials and trims are organic or recycled. At Eólas, recycling always takes precedence over the use of virgin materials, avoiding additional emissions and the depletion of natural resources. This commitment also extends to our recycled packaging and informs every decision we make.

Organic cotton plants growing in a field

Organic Cotton

Our yarns, ribbons, neck labels, and care labels are crafted from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton grown in Turkey.

Organic cotton agriculture avoids synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, defoliants, and chemically treated or genetically modified (GM) seeds, resulting in healthier soil, ecosystems, and people.

The production of organic cotton relies on a knowledge of crop rotation and intercropping, meaning the growth of more than one type of produce, which ensures healthier soil and means farmers are not wholly financially dependent on cotton production. This system also aims to preserve local resources through the use of rainwater (up to 80%).

Recycled Cashmere

Our recycled cashmere has a GRS (Global Recycled Standard) certification, and is collected in Prato, Italy, where the yarn is sorted and processed by color.

An increasing number of fast fashion brands have added cashmere to their collections, making it more accessible to a mass market. However, the planet is paying the price, with herders forced to increase goat numbers, resulting in the decimation of grasslands. Eólas repurposes pre-and post-consumer cashmere, which makes use of existing material and avoids the negative impact virgin cashmere production has on the environment.

A pile of orange cashmere sweaters waiting to be shredded for recycling
Shredded multi-color cotton strips waiting to be recycled

Recycled Cotton

Our recycled cotton is made in Prato, Italy, from standard-certified regenerated cotton fibers from pre-consumer waste, such as cutting scraps, and post-consumer cotton fibers. This process diverts waste from landfills and avoids additional emissions, water depletion, and dye usage.

Recycled Polyester

Our recycled polyester (PET), used for our zips and in some of our recycled cotton blends, is made from certified post-consumer plastic bottles.

We avoid using virgin polyester, which relies on the extraction of fossil fuels, and instead transform post-consumer plastic into recycled polyester. This approach removes a non-biodegradable material from both the ocean and landfills, where it releases methane into the atmosphere, leaching toxic chemicals into soil and groundwater.

By blending recycled polyester with recycled natural materials, our yarn becomes more durable. Clothing that lasts is better for the environment.

multi color plastic bottle tops waiting to be recycled
A pile of used corozo nuts with holes where buttons have been carved

Corozo Buttons

We use Corozo buttons rather than buttons made from buffalo or bull horn. Grown in South America, the Corozo nut’s milky fluid is dried in the sun and takes on a similar look to ivory once it hardens.

Mother-of-Pearl Buttons

Our mother-of-pearl buttons, cut from the iridescent nacre lining of shells, is a durable natural material that is both luxurious and biodegradable. Our Trocas shell buttons have a buttery yellow finish and come from New Caledonia. Our Tahiti shell buttons have a darker gray finish and come from Tahiti.

A pile of Troca shells

Certifications


GOTS: The Global Organic Textile Standard is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibers, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. It ensures organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the rawmaterials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling, inorder to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.

RCS: The Recycled Claim Standard is an international set of requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The shared goal of the standards is to increase the use of recycled materials.

OEKO-TEX: A global standard, renewed yearly, that guarantees a product has been created without toxic chemicals harmful to health and the environment.

GRS: The Global Recycled Standard is an international set of requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The shared goal of the standards is to increase the use of recycled materials. It includes social and environmental processing requirements and chemical restrictions.