SUSANA COLINA is a Venezuelan designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her early love for arts, drawing and fashion mixed with her studies in Graphic Design provided her with a rich, multi-layered background that helped shape her current style as a Fashion Designer. Her self-titled line based on organic fabrics represents her clean aesthetics and modern views in materials.
The benefits of organic food are obvious, but what’s the deal with organic fabrics?
The ‘organic’ label applies to any natural product that has been produced without artificial fertilizers, pesticides or hormones. Organic fabrics are the same - the raw materials have been grown without chemicals. This is better for the environment, and better for people.
OUR NATURAL & ECO-FRIENDLY FABRICS
Organic Cotton: Conventionally grown cotton packs a huge pesticide punch and is one of the most chemical-laden crops in the world.Organic cotton is 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. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.
Hemp: Hemp has been touted as the ultimate eco-friendly fabric because it requires no chemicals to grow. It’s also extremely versatile, and can be used to create strong, sturdy fabrics – even rope - or soft, delicate items. Hemp bast fibers are one of the longest natural soft fibers. They are longer, stronger, more absorbent, more mildew-resistant, and more insulative than cotton. This means that hemp will keep you warmer in winter and cooler in summer than cotton. Hemp is more effective at blocking the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Soy Fabrics: This eco friendly fabric is derived from food production waste as it is made from the hulls of soy beans. Sometimes called the “vegetable cashmere”, soy is soft, easy to care for and absorbs dyes quickly, requiring less dye-stuffs.
Lyocell: This is the generic name for the Tencel brand. It’s made from wood pulp, so it’s both biodegradable and recyclable. Producing this fabric involves less emissions, energy, and water usage than other more conventional fabrics, and it doesn’t get bleached, either. Plus it’s naturally wrinkle-free, so you don’t need to waste time or energy on ironing.
Bamboo: Bamboo fiber is a revolutionary new fabric that has unparalleled advantages, including strength, versatility and luxurious softness. Bamboo can be grown without pesticides or chemicals because of it's own anti-bacterial agent, is also one of the fastest growing plants on the planet, making it a high yield renewable resource. It can be selectively harvested annually and is capable of complete regeneration without need to replant and unlike synthetic fibers which incorporate petroleum additives, bamboo clothing is safe for municipal disposal programs, whether by landfill or incineration.