OUR FABRICS

At SHIO, we only use responsibly sourced, environmentally-conscious materials. Here’s what we’re currently into:

Linen: 

Our love for linen is strong. Linen comes from the flax plant, a very resilient plant that can grow in poor soil and needs little-to-no pesticides. It also helps us to reduce waste: Every part of the flax plant can be used to create a worthwhile product and it requires far less water than cotton to produce. It’s one of the oldest fibres known to man, yet it only counts for 1% of the world’s apparel fibre production. We’d love to help change this. 

 

To make your linens last always wash them at 0-30°C and by hand. Hang them on a hanger to dry in the shade. Our Linen is Oeko-Tex Certified and manufactured in Italy, but sometimes also in Spain, France, Portugal, and Germany. Its fibre origin is Turkey.

 

Upcycled Cotton: We source GDR second-hand white bed sheets from all over Germany — there is a huge supply and we find them in great condition, thickly woven, and stronger than most cotton you find in fabric stores today. Any bed sheets with imperfections we use for our printed fabric, which is hand printed with eco-friendly textile paint. This technique of painting or hand-dying directly onto the fabric, followed by heat setting, means no color is washed down the drain, and we store the color for repeated use. We’ve also started Upcycling 100% cotton Molton mattress protectors, which are great for winter. We wash them, dye them, and cut them up to create our jackets and long-sleeve tunics.    

  

Organic Cotton: Our Jersey, Sweat, Ribbing, and Canvas materials are all Organic, meaning they have GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or Oeko-Tex certification. These certifications mean that environmentally friendly production is ensured. Organic fabrics are low in pollutants, sustainable, and skin-friendly. They are only provided with natural fertilizer (e.g. compost) so that they remain free of chemicals. This is beneficial for environmentally friendly production and reduces the risk of allergic reactions. The production process for the organic fabrics also requires minimal energy consumption, so that the earth's energy resources are conserved.