Yarn spun here in the North of England
The North used to be the centre of the world for spinning cotton into yarn for fabric and textiles. So when we heard a mill had started doing this again, we knew we had to get involved.
Earlier this year we imported a highly sustainable raw fibre that contains seaweed called SeaCell™ created by German based innovators SmartFibreAG.
Over the last 6 months we have developed our very own yarn, creating a blend of 30% SeaCell and 70% Australian ‘Super’ Cotton.
English Fine Cottons boast a state of the art cotton mill, using the very latest technology using one of the most modern, efficient and productive compact ring spinning system in the world.
Fully traceable cotton right back to the farmer's field
Our yarn has been made from a cotton called Australian 'Super' Cotton, a long staple, fully traceable cotton grown in Queensland, Australia.
The long staple (fibre) cotton means you can create a stronger garment or textile. Because you don't need to use as much yarn it therefore means fewer fibres which adds to the softness of the fabric and creates a more luxurious feel. The raw premium cotton feels very soft and silky, with a bit of a shine to it, similar to wool.
The cotton is traceable all the way back to the farmers field to ensure it is farmed ethically and everyone involved benefits from the production.
The raw fibres of the cotton have then been blended with SeaCell™ during our spinning process.
Cotton blended with SeaCell™ for the first time in the UK
We are the first business to import SeaCell™ into the UK and blend it with cotton. Our fabric is therefore a part of history!
With our partnership with English Fine Cottons, we have developed the first UK made fabric made using SeaCell™.
The blending process was mastered at English Fine Cottons this year, with a 30% SeaCell™ and 70% Australian 'Super' Cotton mix. The result is an incredibly soft and very strong fabric.
Photo: Adam (right) being handed the first ever SeaCell™ and Cotton yarn spun in the UK at English Fine Cottons.
Why have we used SeaCell™?
SeaCell™ has so many benefits to you when worn. The fabric is soft on your skin and is naturally absorbent of moisture, meaning it stays fresher for longer.
Ideal for everyday wear, and hot, humid environments. It is also perfect for sportswear and outdoor activities.
The fibre contains a high level of antioxidants, which effectively catch the free radicals we are exposed to every day, which can damage our skin cells.
SeaCell™ is a 100% natural fibre
Made from renewable raw resources, a mix of wood pulp and seaweed are brought together to produce one of the most sustainable fibres available.
Seaweed when it grows, can sequester up to 20 times more carbon than the equivalent land based forest. This is one of the reasons why we want to promote the use of seaweed as an alternative material for fashion.
The fibre through a patented process retains vitamins, trace elements, amino acids and minerals that are present in the seaweed.
Guaranteed and certified by a multitude of institutes including the EU-Ecolabel and meets the requirements according to OEKO-Tex 100 certified for baby products.
Wild harvested Icelandic seaweed
SeaCell™ contains a brown seaweed called Ascophyllum Nodosum or Knotted Wrack. The seaweed is harvested in the cold and pure fjords of Iceland.
Reaching far into the mainland, the estuaries are surrounded mostly by very steep mountainous slopes, which present a pristine natural paradise for animals and sealife. The fjords are barely populated. No wastewater and no ships pollute the naturally preserved microcosm.
The seaweed is harvested every 4 years and goes through a natural drying process before being shipped to Germany to be mixed with wood pulp and made into the final fibres.
Eucalyptus & Spruce wood pulp
SeaCell™ is made using a mixture of weed pulp and seaweed. The wood pulp is dervived from FSC® Mix and FSC® controlled Eucalyptus and Spruce forests.
The origins of the wood are currently South Africa and Czech Republic.
The wood pulp is created by a company called Lenzing in Austria.
You can read more about Lenzing's sustainability values here.
Knitted and dyed in Leicester
More info coming.