Down to Earth Fabrics: Organics and Sustainables

Organic Cotton

If you can't find it ... create it.

Knit in the USA

We were honored when Maria Rodale challenged us to recreate some of our products in organic cotton. When we couldn't find a sustainable fabric that would fit and perform as well as our current fabrics Marisa began work with a textile chemist in order to create our special recipe of organic ringspun cotton and spandex. We created a superior quality organic cotton blend that works equally well for active and lifestyle clothing.  

SteelCore pays attention to the ‘not so small’ details like opacity, construction and fit. Our organic blend comes in three weights and all are 4-way stretch. We knit our fabric in mills located in the USA (yes they do still exist and we want to keep them here) and of course all our design and production also happens here.

Available in three weights

 Lightweight        92% Organic Ringspun Cotton - 8% Spandex

tops, pedal pushers, loungewear

  • Midweight          90% Organic Ringspun Cotton  10% Spandex
    • leotards, unitards, capris
  • Heavyweight       87% Organic Ringspun Cotton 13% Spandex
    • fold over waist yoga pants

 

Micro Modal 

Knit in the U.S.A.

Last year we went back to our textile chemist in search of a silk lightweight fabric only in black. A fabric to feel dramatic in, that could easily take you from day into evening.Modal is a second generation regenerated cellulosic fiber and a variation of rayon. Lenzing Modal® is made from sustainably harvested beech trees in PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certified European forests. PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification organization. Modal fibers with a high wet modulus were originally developed in Japan in 1951. Lenzing started selling modal fibers in 1964. In 1977, Lenzing started using an environmentally friendly bleaching method for pulp for their cellulosic fibers. 

  • Soft and cool; eco-friendly
  • Holds shape well; drapes easily
  • Knit in the mills of the U.S.A
  • Machine wash cool, line dry, cool iron if necessary
  •  95% Micro Modal - 5% Spandex

     

    Rayon from Bamboo

    Rayon is a regenerated cellulose fiber, meaning that a natural raw material is converted through a chemical process into a fiber that falls into a category between naturals and synthetics. The source of cellulose can be wood, paper, cotton fiber or, in this case, bamboo ... a natural plant fiber that regenerates faster than the other plant fibers listed.

     

    • Lightweight, with a soft hand; eco-friendly
    • Breezy, cool and moisture-absorbent
    • Imported from Canada
    • Machine wash cool, line dry, cool iron if necessary
    • 67% Rayon from Bamboo 29% Cotton 4% Spandex

     

    Up-cycled

    • Tried-and-true for active wear comfort and reliability
    • Opaque blacks (we didn’t pick up the faulty fabric)
    • Machine wash cool; line dry 

    Don't throw it away!

    When manufacturers (think the premier active wear line ) change fabrics or finish their run on bolts of fabric, remaining quantities of fabric are eventually discarded to local landfills.  SteelCore, being a small company concerned about environmental issues, decided we would upcycle those leftover fabrics, before they were sent for discard.  This practice continues our commitment to eco friendly manufacturing, and allows us to produce limited runs of special items.  It's a win-win idea!  Available in assorted fiber compositions and combinations.

       

         

           

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