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Why Natural Fabrics Will Be The Future Of Athletic Apparel


Erik de Groot

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Since we are always hyping you up about natural fabrics, we thought it would be a good idea to tell you why we think they’re the future.

Why nature?
As we mentioned in our microfiber blog, the need for alternatives in athletic apparel is increasing. We’re calling our alternative Natural Athletic Apparel. As the name says, it’s made by using natural fabrics, which won’t pollute the ocean the way regular polyester athletic apparel does.

We want to make awesome products so that people don’t have a hard time ditching polyester in the coming years. In order to make awesome products, we need awesome fabrics, and you guessed it; we got em!

The main fabrics we currently use are Hemp, Lyocell and Organic Cotton. In our dedicated Hemp and Lyocell blogs, we have discussed why the materials are sustainable, but there’s more to them than just sustainability.

I mean, that's cool and all, but you can’t wear sustainability.

High tech nature
Hemp and Lyocell offer unique properties that can enhance your sporting experience. Both materials are anti-static, because they don’t contain any plastic, and plastic causes static charges to form.

Besides this, both materials are naturally antibacterial, which makes people less likely to step away from you because you smell bad after a workout. The bad smell is usually caused by bacteria x sweat, so taking bacteria out of the equation keeps you fresh!

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Hemp and Lyocell act differently when it comes to thermal control (aka temperature). Hemp retains your body heat more, which makes it really comfortable to wear from autumn to spring and in milder climates. With Lyocell this is the other way around. Lyocell fabrics naturally guides away the heat from your skin, so it keeps you cold. This is more comfortable in hot environments and during the summer.

Hey, we are not going to judge you if you wear hemp in the scorching sun or Lyocell in the Arctic. This isn’t North Korea, so you can do whatever you like.

Organic cotton is as the name states; organic. This means that there are no pesticides used in the production process. We mainly use organic cotton because it makes other fabric softer when mixed, which is especially useful with hemp since raw hemp fabric is on the rough side. This way you have the benefits of hemp and the softness of organic cotton.

When we come across other awesome fabrics, we’ll make sure you hear about it too. If you know of any other fabrics that you would like to see covered, leave a comment below!

Alright friends, that is it for this week, we’ll see you again in two weeks!