The fashion industry is the second most harmful to the environment; decades of studies indicate that serious health issues are on the rise and are due to in some part to our ongoing exposure to toxic chemicals. That’s why at SoftSoul we only use natural textiles and materials.
What is hemp fabric?
Hemp fabric or hemp textiles are made from cannabis sativa fiber or industrial hemp. The usage of hemp fiber or cannabis sativa fiber as materials for clothing is not something new. Hemp fiber has been used thousands of years and in fact materials made from hemp were discovered in tombs dating back to 8,000 BC. Hemp was used in varieties of applications in early civilizations in Asia, Middle East and China. For instance hemp was used in making paper in China. Rope for rigging ships, canvas, sailcloth, sacks and many more usable items in Asia and Middle East.
Hemp and the environment...
Hemp plant is a very fast growing crop, producing high fiber yield per acre. According to few sources hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton, and 600% more fiber than flax with the same amount of land. The best climates for growing hemp are warm tropical zones or moderately cool and temperate climates. Hemp also leaves the soil in excellent condition for any succeeding crop. Hemp’s strong roots could penetrate for three feet or more underground. The roots anchor and protect the soil from runoff. They build and preserve topsoil and subsoil structures similar to those of forests. Hemp also does not exhaust the soil. Hemp plants add rich organic matter to the topsoil and helping it retain moisture.
Hemp creates one of the most eco-friendly fabrics in the world. Hemp requires no pesticides, crowds out weeds without herbicides, controls erosion of the topsoil, and produces oxygen. It is a renewable resource that can be cultivated in as little as 100 days and is the world’s most versatile fiber.
Hemps’ tensile strength is eight times that of cotton fibre which accounts for its historical use in sails and rope for the British and American Navies. It is an exceptionally durable and strong eco friendly fabric.
Fabrics made from hemp are hypo-allergenic and non-irritating to the skin. Current tests indicate that hemp is able to kill staph and other bacteria that come in contact with its surface.
Hemp has the look of classic linen and can have the feel (depending upon fabric blend) of your favourite flannel. Hemp materials will also soften with age.
Like linen and cotton, hemp is a cool choice for summer. It breathes well. The fabric resists mildew and absorbs moisture.
This eco fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities.
What is bamboo fabric?
Bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass. The Bamboo used to produce fabrics (not the same as Panda food) is easily replenished and requires no pesticides to grow. Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable plants because it grows quickly, and does not require chemicals or irrigation. It biodegrades more quickly than oil-based synthetics.
Bamboo rayon is made by dissolving pulp bamboo into its cellulose component and then spun into viscose fibers. Clothing made of bamboo rayon typically lasts even longer and holds its shape even better than clothing made of simple bamboo fiber.
Is it true that bamboo clothing is anti-microbial?
The bamboo plant has a natural resistance to pest and fungal infestation due to an ant-microbial agent known as "bamboo kun” that prevents harmful matters from cultivating on the plant.
Where does bamboo come from?
There are over 1,000 species of bamboo growing throughout the world. You can find wild bamboo growing in Central America, South America, South Africa, India, East Asia, Japan and the north of Australia. Globally, bamboo covers approximately 49 million acres of the world’s surface. Bamboo used in the textile trade comes almost exclusively from China.
Is the process used to manufacture bamboo textiles harmful to the environment?
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plant on earth with a growth rate of over 12 inches per day. Bamboo is tremendously strong and pest resistant. No fertilizers, pesticides or irrigation is required. Bamboo does not require replanting.The shoots are cut to their base and the bamboo re-grows from new shoots.
Bamboo is a powerhouse when it comes to protecting the planet’s resources. Maturing in only two years, it doesn’t require fertilizer or pesticides to grow quick and strong. The bamboo used in clothing is produced in an eco-friendly closed-loop process with at least Oeko-Tex 100 certification.
Built in Temperature Control
In textile form bamboo retains many of the properties it has as a plant. Bamboo is highly water absorbent, being able to take up to three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate. This makes it great for both hot and cool climates. Bamboo clothing offers built-in temperature control. It traps warm air in its cross-sectional fibers to keep you warm in the winter, while its breathable nature and wicking properties keep moisture at bay for greater comfort in hot times.
After processing, the bamboo fiber does not contain any harmful chemicals (as per the Okeo-Tex 100 standard - the global testing and accreditation system for the screening of harmful substances within consumer textiles).
Bamboo clothing has a luxuriously soft fabric that is naturally hypoallergenic, moisture- absorbent, and quick drying. The fiber is naturally smooth and round without chemical treatment, meaning that there are no sharp spurs to irritate the skin.
Bamboo can look and feel like silk or very soft cotton.
Antibacterial & Odorless
Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which bamboo fabric is able to retain, even through multiple washings. Bamboo exhibits up to a 99.8% antibacterial rate.This helps to reduce bacteria that thrive in clothing and cause unpleasant odors. It can also kill odor causing bacteria that live on human skin, making the wearer and his or her clothing smell sweet.
This eco fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities.
Organic cotton (or natural cotton) is another great eco friendly fabric. It is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or other chemical fertilizers, and is simply better for your health and the environment.
Organic agriculture (food and fiber) protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply, and that are associated with health consequences, from asthma to cancer. Because organic agriculture doesn't use toxic pesticides, choosing organic products is an easy way to help protect the environment and yourself.
How is organic cotton determined to be organic?
There are different organic trade associations that have global standards for organic sustainable textiles worldwide. Typically, for cotton to be classified as organic, it must be grown in soil that has been free of prohibited substances for at least the last three years prior to harvest.
Natural cottons are grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture, making natural cottons an eco friendly fabric.
Natural cottons are useful in textile production due to its natural wicking properties, absorption of dye colour and its ability to stabilize other eco fibers.
Feel of Fabric
Clothing made from organic cottons have the feel of linen without the weight. Since natural cottons are not chemically stripped of its natural wax, most weaves have a characteristic smoothness and weight which makes the fabric particularly flattering in its drape and in the mellow way it reflects and absorbs light.
Many allergies may be caused by chemicals in cotton fibers we either wear, or sleep on
What is cork?
Cork is one of the best vegan and eco-friendly fabrics out there, plus it has a unique look that just screams quality. After your first purchase you will praising the vegan-ness quality, softness and beauty of the Material. Maybe all you can think of is a cork bulletin board falling apart, but there is actually no similarity between the cork shavings used to make such items, and cork fabric which is the perfect alternative to animal leather.
How is it made?
The bark of the Cork Oak tree is peeled, without harming the tree, every 9 years, being harvested again and again. After being harvested, the cork is left to air dry for six months. Then it’s boiled and steamed to get even more elasticity. Heat and pressure are applied to cork to press it into blocks, which are later sliced in thin sheets that can be transformed into a multitude of wonderful cork leather accessories. Unlike the heavy chemical processing of leather, cork leather production is chemical-free.
Despite your nightmarish visions, cork fabric won’t crack or crumble. In fact, due to its very simple and natural processing, cork fabric retains all the qualities that “raw” cork is known for:
Let’s talk Quality
If your priority is quality, and you’re wondering how cork fabric products will age through the years, know this: the quality and suppleness of cork fabric products can only be compared to that of leather goods.
But, unlike leather, cork fabric is 100% natural and vegan, water repellent, stain resistant and scratch-proof. Another advantage of cork fabric over leather is that it’s very low-maintenance. To keep your vegan cork accessories in good shape, all you need to do is clean them with water and light soap. That’s it! You’re good to go.
Alas, your new cork accessories will age - like every last thing under the sun. But they will do so in a nicely kept manner, lasting you for years to come, with added character.
Water resistance is cork’s best-kept secret. Cork ages without deteriorating mainly due to its resistance to moisture. The suberin covering (a waterproofing waxy substance) present in the cell walls make cork virtually impermeable to liquids and gases.
Wear and Tear Resistance
Thanks to its honeycomb structure, cork is highly abrasion resistant, and has a high friction coefficient. That’s why cork is a go-to material for NASA!
The slow combustion of cork makes it a natural fire retardant.
Softness and Uniqueness
The softness of cork fabric is one of the characteristics we love the most. Each product is as unique as a fingerprint. There are no two equal pieces of cork.
We are a ethics driven business meaning we will not answer to aggressive or rude behavior. We love you so please love us. Secondly, we won't be held responsible for any hazards caused while wearing SoftSoul and owe know liability for injury. Purchases are made on your own discretion
*also, as a disclaimer, all our fabric is cut from the bolt, so for our “patterned designs”, no pair is ever the same.
The flax fiber is very absorbent and garments made of linen are valued for their exceptional coolness and freshness in hot weather. Linen fabric is made from the cellulose fibers that grow inside of the stalks of the flax plant, or Linum usitatissimum, one of the oldest cultivated plants in human history. Flax is an annual plant, which means it only lives for one growing season.
Linen is known to be the world’s strongest natural fiber. It is so durable it’s even used in paper money to increase strength! It is thicker than cotton, and linen fiber has variable lengths, most of which are very long. This contributes to strength, which contributes to longevity. Linen lasts a very long time.
Natural fibers love water. Linen is thought of as natures wicking fabric. It can gain up to 20% moisture before it will first begin to feel damp. Cotton will absorb more than 25% its weight in water. Additionally, linen is known to gain strength when wet. It has the natural ability to prevent bacterial development.
Sole Material used on our 9M+ sizes
ToughTek sets the standard for abrasion resistant grip fabrics and it is rugged, Non-slip in wet, dry, hot and cold conditions. Earth Friendly IPU, Vegan.
Waterproof, fire retardant, washable, and can go in the dryer on low heat. This is a unique fabric that holds up strongly to wear, and performs excellent as a grip and non-skid shoe in both wet and dry conditions.
We do not manufacture this amazing fabric so here is their statement:
From the Manufacturer: PLEASE SEE *REACH description below for details if you have concerns or questions before you purchase. We do not offer certifications for fabric content.
Our fabric has not been tested for CPSIA standards. It is “REACH” compliant. Safeguarding human health and the environment.
* REACH stands for the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemicals, which are the four key elements of the regulation. It aims to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment.
Industries have increasingly recognized that REACH is much more than the sum of its individual requirements and that compliance requires strategic planning. REACH is one of the world’s largest independent providers of testing and certification services.
REACH is comprehensive in its scope. It covers nearly all commercial products, consumer products such as clothing and footwear, jewelry, electrical and electronic products, toys, furniture, and health and beauty products all fall within the scope of REACH. This means it also applies to products already regulated by product-specific regulations such as the Toy Directive (2009/48/EC), Cosmetic Regulation (EC No. 1223/2009) and the RoHS Directive (2011/65/EU) on the restriction of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Although REACH is a European legislation, companies outside the EU may be required to comply with its requirements due to the global nature of supply chains.
We only ToughTEK our 9M+ sizes, if you wish to have this option on a smaller size, please place a CUSTOM order. Or, If you wish to have a "natural cork" sole please place a CUSTOM order on sizes 9M+