Ecological Sustainability is our basic choice for planet and future generations safety. To do this we use only natural fibers.
But in the textile industry, are also used synthetic and artificial fibers to reduce production costs and retail sale.
Øldberg believes firmly in the importance of using natural fabrics, respecting nature and man. In fact, our natural fabrics are made of fibers derived from plants and animals, unlike artificial and synthetic fabrics made from man-made fibers through chemical processes. They are so damaging to our health because our skin tends to absorb all chemical substances which are in synthetic fibers.
What are the differences between natural, artificial and synthetic fibers?
Before buying a new item of clothing we have to evaluate the value for money, the environmental damages caused by production, the probability of assimilating chemical substances from our clothes. So, we consider worthwhile to indicate the advantages and disadvantages of natural, artificial and synthetic fibers.
Øldberg uses both natural fibers derived from plants which can be spun directly, that fibers derived from animals.
Natural fabrics have big advantages that distinguish them and differentiate them from other fabrics. Their fibers are very breathable and soft and they are extracted without the use of chemical processes. In addition, from them extremely light garments are obtained, but at the same time they provide warmth and protection to the body. All natural fabrics are biodegradable.
The quality that unites fabrics derived from plants is resistance. Among them we use organic cotton that differentiates from the conventional one because the production is totally organic: aren’t used chemical treatments and toxic substances that we normally assimilate through contact with the skin and which are toxic to humans and the environment. The total absence of these treatments makes organic cotton a natural, hypoallergenic, soft, smooth and highly breathable fabric. Organic flax is one of the finest vegetable fibers we use: it is very soft, flexible and resistant. It gives an incomparable freshness in the hottest months.
Among the natural fibers derived from animals we use wool, alpaca, mohair, silk and cashmere.
Øldberg wool is very elastic, extremely resistant, breathable and protects the body. Alpaca, mohair and cashmere have different qualities, because they derived from different animals. Our silk obtained from the processing of the silkworm cocoon, is very bright and contrasts well the heat.
Øldberg doesn’t use synthetic fibers created by chemical processes and derived from petroleum. Some examples of synthetic fibers that don’t exist in nature are nylon, polyester, elastane, polyurethane.
Most of these synthetic fabrics are very damaging to the environment, both for the use of petroleum as a raw material, but also for chemical and toxic treatments that are in the processing of the product. Furthermore, synthetic fabrics aren’t biodegradable, and this is causing serious environmental problems.
Despite the low costs of production and sales, products made of synthetic fibers facilitate the proliferation of bacteria and they often cause allergies and skin problems, because they aren’t breathable.
Artificial fibers are obtained from renewable natural raw materials which undergo numerous chemical processes, like synthetic fibers. The natural raw material makes them less damaging to the environment than synthetic fibers made of petroleum. Chemical processes are however very harmful to the environment, they involve a waste of water and electricity and they are dangerous for our health because the chemicals are absorbed by our skin.