Best of Ecouterre: 7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics You've Never Heard of
+ Check out Tencel C, a mashup of regenerated cellulose (Tencel) and a shellfish-derived biopolymer (chitosan) that purportedly heals skin and prevents wrinkles.
+ An all-natural paper-like textile from the South Pacific, tapa is produced from the inner bark of the mulberry tree.
+ Move aside, cotton. Crailer feels just like the white fluffy stuff, and it's spun from organically certified bast fibers like linen and hemp. + A fabric for coffee lovers, S.Cafe uses actual waste coffee grounds. Plus, it's Bluesign-certified.
+ Seacell is a variant of lyocell, mixed with a small quantity of seaweed for alleged "detoxing" properties.
+ Found in locales like Hawaii, the Philippines, and the West Indies, piña gets its silky hand from the leaves of the pineapple plant.
+ Made from the pulp of sustainably cultivated white fir, lenpur feels remarkably like cashmere and is said to have thermoregulatory, odor-eliminating, and absorbent abilities.
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