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MATERIALS

To produce thoughtfully made garments, we choose each material with intention and care. When sourcing for our collection we exclusively look for all-natural, recycled, and organic fibers.

OUR FABRICS

Recycled Cashmere Yarn from Italy

All garments in our launch collection are created using recycled cashmere yarn from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-end creative knitwear yarns. Our recycled cashmere is a 100% regenerated fiber predominantly comprised of post-consumer cashmere. The yarn is GRS (Global Recycled Standard) and RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) certified. Regenerated cashmere has a much lower environmental impact than virgin cashmere. Using recycled yarn instead of sourcing 100% virgin cashmere allows us to recycle waste materials that would otherwise go to landfills or get incinerated. 

Price: You may ask why our garments cost what they do given that they are made from recycled material. Recycling is time-consuming and it involves a lot of manual labor. The process consists of sorting well-worn garments by color, making sure threads are removed (and anything else that is not cashmere e.g. buttons, zipper etc.), shredding them and then re-spinning the threads into new cashmere yarn for its new life. The good news is the process saves a significant amount of water and CO2, and prevents garments from going to waste. Read more about the process here

Our N°6 Signature Patched Track Pant is made with 55% hemp / 45% organic cotton canvas knee patches. Considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics, hemp is naturally resistant to pests, requires relatively little water, and grows quickly. Hemp is a “sister plant,” meaning it replenishes the soil for the crops around it and is ideal for crop rotation. Hemp feels like new linen, softening with each wash and wear. We use certified organic cotton canvas, which is grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and requires less irrigation as it relies mainly on rainwater. 

Dyes

Our post consumer cashmere does not require any dyeing. The virgin cashmere yarn has been dyed to match the recycled materials in a GOTS-certified dyeing mill that uses only eco-friendly, low-impact dyes. The knee patches on our N°6 Signature Patched Track Pant have been dyed naturally by a local artist in Brooklyn who uses only vegetable and plant dyes in her work.

OTHER MATERIALS

Trims

Natural Horn Buttons: Horn buttons used in our designs are made from natural horn (ram, buffalo, or cow). Horn, essentially bone, is quite strong – making them less prone to scratching and chipping. What sets them apart from their artificial cousins are the subtle nuance in color and texture on the surface of the button and around the outside edge. The raw material is exclusively a byproduct of the meat industry and natural deaths.

Corozo Nut Buttons: The nut is a seed from the Tagua tree that grows in the lowland rainforests of Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Panama. The nuts are harvested only when they ripen and fall from the trees, producing 30-50 lbs of nuts annually. Corozo is referred to as vegetable ivory because of its similarity to real ivory. Even the scientific name for the Tagua palm, Phytelephas, is derived from the Greek word for elephant. One Tagua tree produces an amount of vegetable ivory, in one year, equal to one elephant tusk (about 20 pounds). And it can continue producing for more than one hundred years. Nut buttons are naturally impact-resistant and launder well.

From Nut to Button

After they fall to the forest floor, the nuts are gathered and dried in the sun for about 1-2 months. Once dried, it is sliced and processed into Corozo blanks or fully finished buttons.

Why is it a Sustainable Option?

Natural Harvesting: Corozo seeds can be collected only after they fall naturally from the tree. Seeds that are picked from the palm before they fall are not ripe enough for button production, so there is absolutely no need for deforestation. 

Renewable Resource: It does not require the cutting-down of trees, because the buttons are made from the tree’s nut. Once mature, Tagua nut trees can produce 30-50lbs of nuts annually for 100 years.  

Durable Material: Corozo is made up of very tightly wound organic fibers which give it excellent durability and scratch resistance. 

Natural Material: Unlike plastic buttons, Corozo buttons will eventually biodegrade, thus helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste in the ocean and landfills. 

Corozo still accounts for a small proportion of buttons used worldwide. One of the main barriers to use is cost. Corozo has historically been more expensive than plastic but for us there was no alternative.

Compostable Mailers

We ship all our garments in compostable mailers, sourced through Noissue and The Better Packaging Co.. Compostable bags minimize the negative impacts associated with using plastic. Our compostable mailers can be added to your home compost, where they will decompose within a matter of months.

Branding

We believe that sustainable packaging doesn't have to be unattainable. You can be environmentally conscious and responsible while creating a premium product for your customers to enjoy. We hope you will enjoy ours!

Hang Tags: Our hang tags are made from recycled paper pressed with wildflower seeds. As a direct-to-consumer brand we do not necessarily need hang tags but decided to add some valuable information on ours e.g. care guide and planting instructions so your child can create their own wildflower garden at home. Hang tags strings are made from 100% organic cotton.

Main and Care Labels: All our garment sew-in labels are made from 100% raw cotton.

Tissue Paper: Our tissue paper is sourced through Noissue. Their paper is acid-free, meaning it is infused in water and yields a neutral or basic pH (7 or slightly greater). It is also lignin- and sulfur-free. They use soy ink made from soybeans for print productions as opposed to traditional petroleum-based ink. Soy-based ink is more environmentally friendly, might provide more accurate colors, and makes it easier to recycle paper.

Note Card: To provide another purpose for our note cards, we have printed origami instructions on them for your child. Be warned, they are challenging!

Garment Sack: All our sweaters and pants are shipped in a Onefold branded garment sack made from 100% organic cotton canvas. Either store your cashmere garment in it to keep moths away or use it to store your child's toys in it.

GET SPARE PARTS

In case you need any spare buttons for your Onefold cardigans or T-Shirt, we have those in stock for you. We do not sew extra buttons in our garments as part of our minimizing waste philosophy. We believe it is better to send you a button when you need one. Please send an email to hello@onefold.co to let us know what garment you purchased, how many buttons you need and where you would like them sent. We will gladly mail them to you at no charge. 

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