Made from PET bottles
Feels and looks like silk, but 100% vegan.
Right now we are using some recycled polyester in our collections. Most often recycled polyester is made out of industrial waste or post-consumer plastics like PET bottles.
The products had been grinded, melted and afterwards extruded into new fibers.
Our recycled polyester is certified, 100% recycled and mostly sourced from Turkey. The basis for the yarn are PET bottles. Making waste into new fabric and clothes – how cool ist that?
How does it feel? Our recycled polyester is a high quality yarn. It has nothing to do with sweating and feeling uncomfortable. It’ s breathable, doesn’t loose it’s form and feels very soft and silky on your skin while being completely vegan. Most people think it’s silk.
Friends don’t let friends wear conventional cotton
When is organic cotton organic?
To enable sustainability the main challenge for cotton production lies in cotton cultivation with reduced water usage, pesticides, fertilizers, defoliants and growth regulators. If this kind of cultivation is provided we speak of organic cotton.
You probably think “Yuck, that’s a lot of bad stuff in conventional cotton” and we can assure you, you are right.
The conventional cotton business is a dirty industry. Make sure to buy as organic as possible.
At JAN 'N JUNE we use organic cotton and recyled cotton. All of our organic cotton fabrics are certified.
Organic cotton vs. conventional cotton
1% organic cotton vs. 99% conventional cotton
Methods of cultivation: organic cotton is cultivated in rotation with other crops vs. conventional cotton cultivated in monocultures
Pest control: organic cotton only needs natural pest control such as sunflowers vs. all sorts of chemicals in conventional cotton
Water usage: 1kg of organic cotton needs 8.500l of water vs. conventional cotton needing 11.500l of water
Handle with Care
Over the past decades, cashmere fibers and items have become more and more popular and are now used in the whole textile industry. That‘s why the overgrazing and overbreeding of cashmere goats in Mongolia is increasing dramatically. The result: A negative impact on animals and the environment.
Nevertheless, the cashmere fibre has amazing traits. It is very warm, yet light and smooth. As with all other types of wool, there currently is no artificial fibre that could work as a great substitute.
To protect animals and the environment, we only use recycled cashmere fibers. At the same time, we are longing to create a circular economy, reduce waste and extend the life of already produced garments.
Pretty cool, right?
Here you can find our sustainable fashion made from recycled cashmere.
Made from ocean garbage
Neoprene? Yes, our recycled polyamide fabric feels and looks a little bit like neoprene.
It is mixed with 35% of elastane and can be cut and left with raw edges. Pretty cool, hmm?
But now let’s talk sustainability. Virgin polyamide is based on oil and not sustainable. Therfore, we stick to recycled polyamide. The company Econyl® uses garbage from the oceans and old fishing nets as a base for their material. The garbage is cleaned, cut, melted and made into new amazing yarn.
The fabric is not only breathable but also thermo-regulating which is good in sportswear but can also be used in daily clothes. It feels smooth and cool on your skin. The recycled polyamide we use is certified.
What our jewelry is made from
The cellulose acetate & bio-acetate we use is high quality and non-petroleum based. Cellulose acetate and bio-acetate are natural and renewable materials, providing an eco-friendly alternative to petroleum-based materials.
Or in other words: the earrings and hair accessories we offer are not plastic. It is basically the equivalent to Lyocell in clothing which is also not a natural fibre per se but has a natural base (namely cellulose).
Some of you might know this material from (sun-)glasses as it is commonly used in this field, too.
Like viscose, but ecological
Similar to Tencel™, ECOVERO™ is sourced from wood and is made in an eco-responsible production process. The supply chain is fully visible, which we at JAN 'N JUNE like a lot.
The wood (or more specifically the cellulose) used to create the yarn is grown and processed sustainably and only comes from responsible, certified sources. It is certified with the EU ecolabel which guarantees high environmental standards throughout the lifecycle: from growing the raw material to production, distribution and disposal.
Compared to regular viscose, the manufacturing of ECOVERO™ generates up to 50% lower emissions, lower fossil energy use and water impact.
The fabric had its premiere in our AW 2020/21 collection and we love it so much, we keep sourcing it.
Another alternative to dirty viscose
Tencel™ is a trade mark named by the company Lenzing. The general name of the fibre is Lyocell.
The production process is a closed loop for the used solvent and water. It’s based on wood originating from sustainable forestry. The process is similar to viscose but way more sustainable
The Tencel™ fiber has a unique fibril structure whereby moisture is absorbed very well and transported to the surface. Fibrils are very tiny hairs of which the fiber is composed. The absorption and release of moisture is regulated by tiny canals between the fibrils. At the same time, Tencel™ has a very smooth surface and feels silky and cool on the skin.
At JAN 'N JUNE we've used Tencel™ for the first time in the 2017 summer collection. Although we have had Tencel on our sustainable fiber agenda since our company’s beginning in 2014, it was impossible for us to offer it earlier. The reason is that our suppliers have high minimum purchase volume for this special fabric.
Luckily we are now able to fulfil these requirements because this is a must have fibre for sustainable brands.
Embrace the crinkles
Linen fabric is not sensitive to dirt, but very prone to wrinkles because the elasticity is low.
It absorbs moisture well and dries again quickly. Textiles made of linen are a little stiff due to thicker cells.
Also, they feature a cool touch and are lint-free.
Linen is ideal for summer clothing because the fabric has a cooling effect and moisture is transported to the surface. In addition to that, linen is tear-resistant, durable and consistent in its form.
We use organic linen as jersey fabric for tops and t-shirts.
Why organic linen?
There are a lot of ecological and social advantages in the cultivation of organic linen. For example the use of chemical fungicides and insecticides is not allowed. The use of mineral fertilizers is not allowed. Dressed seeds are not allowed.
Also, five to seven percent more seeds have to be put out in order to balance the loss trough insect damage.
All these aspects are a plus for the soil, the farmer but also us, the consumer, since no yucky stuff gets on our skin.
Another sustainable cotton option
Organic Cotton is amazing an a very good option. But when it comes to the world’s resources, we have to be aware that water and field land are limited. Cotton, also the organic version, does need both – and a lot of it. For that reason we need other options.
One of them is recycled cotton.
In comparison to polyester or polyamide, cotton is recycled mechanically. The process is more difficult and the recycled product lacks in quality compared to virgin cotton yarns.
Therefore, until now, a fabric can never be out of 100% recycled cotton. It always needs new cotton yarns to ensure high quality and long lasting garments.
At JAN 'N JUNE we use recycled cotton for scarves and sweaters and are always trying to find beautiful fabrics out of recycled cotton which fulfill our quality standards.
Flax grown in Belgium and France
You know how much we love sourcing locally.
The Trademark Belgian Linen™ commits to at least 85% of the weight of the fabric consisting of flax grown in the EU. Also, the linen fabric must be woven in a Belgium based mill.
For our special woven linen collection we decided to use Belgian Linen™. This means the flax was grown in Belgium and France. In our case even 100% of it (not only 85%). The weaving process of the fabric took place in Meulebeke (Belgium). Besides the yarn spinning, all supply chain steps took place in the EU.
Next steps in terms of sustainability are for us to get the whole supply chain to be in Europe. Currently we are not 100% happy with the yarns being spun in Asia.
Feel and touch of the Belgium Linen™ are pretty perfectly what you expect linen to be. It's light, cool and summery.