Category Close-Up Features May 2017

Well-Being Winners

Exploring options that promote personal and planetary health and wellness benefits— from resources made with natural, organic or recycled fibers to details on companies that incorporate environment-friendly processes

 

GOTS Certified Cotton Duvet Set

The Hydrangea ensemble is woven from GOTS certified organic cotton. Rendered on 300-thread-count cotton sateen, the design features hydrangea blossoms in shades of blue and lavendar on a pure white ground. Sets are offered in duvet cover and sham (shown), and in quilt and sham versions. Sizes available are twin, full/queen and king, with standard and king shams. Company C, 844-242-6567, companyc.com

Cotton/Linen Water-Based Dye Printed

Reed pillow covers are hand-screen printed in Rhode Island and sewn in Massachusetts. The 24- by 24-inch covers are made with 50 percent linen and 50 percent cotton. Printed with water-based dyes, the covers feature invisible zippers. Pillow inserts are sold separately. Colors offered include terracotta (shown), ochre and graphite. Sweetgum Textiles, hello@sweetgumtextiles.com, sweetgumtextiles.com

Natural Linen Towel

The Philippe kitchen towel is made with 100 percent linen in Lithuania. Measuring 19 by 26 inches, it features a traditional huckaback weave and has a plain seam along with a loop for hanging. The softness of the towel is a result of a prewash process. LinenMe, 312-233-2929, linenme.com

Organic Cotton Towels

Air Weight towels are Fair Trade Certified™, loomed from pure organic cotton sourced and woven in India. Twill woven for softness and drape, the medium-weight towels are 550 grams per square meter with a rolled self-hem that helps them maintain shape after washing. The grouping includes a bath sheet, bath towel, hand towel and washcloth. Also available is a 900-grams-per-square-meter organic cotton bath mat in a plain weave with a dobby border. New colorways include: lake (shown), natural, French blue, dusty aqua, dune, fog, mid-dusty aqua, poppy, white and slate. Coyuchi, 888-418-8847, coyuchi.com

Eco-Friendly Gift Line

Color and whimsy mark the pillows, throws and storage bins that comprise Gift Melon, a line of giftable items under $50. Introduced during N.Y. Market in March 2017, the line was designed with appeal for younger generations by young designers in the company. The items are made with recycled or eco-certified materials. CHF Industries, Inc., 212-951-7800, chfindustries.com

Towels Made With Recycled Fibers

The ECO Collection is made with pre-consumer fibers and yarn waste from product trials at the textile mill, as well as recycled PET bottles converted into high-quality fibers for terry towel manufacturing. The company claims its factory is the largest factory rooftop solar plant in India and has zero liquid run-off with almost 100 percent of the water used recovered and reused. Technologically advanced machinery also uses 30 percent less water, steam and power than conventional machinery. The ECO Collection towels have earned RCS and Oeko-Tex certifications. Colorways available include soft sage (shown), black bean, heather, almond oil, blue stone and white. Micro Cotton, +91 (4254) 223450, microcotton.com

Fabulous Flax In Sheeting & Duvets

The GOTS certified organic Heritage Collection is made in Belgium with soft, organic linen spun from organically grown flax plants in France. The linen fabric is also 100 percent biodegradable and recylable. The Heritage Collection includes duvet covers, sheets, shams and pillowcases in ash (shown), flax, oyster and white. Libeco Home, 212-764-6644, libeco.com

Organic Cotton Design Inspired By Japanese Hand-Dying

The Shibori Chic Collection from Under The Canopy features a diagonal print across the top of bed complemented by standard shams in saturated indigo blues. The duvet cover and comforter shell are made with 100 percent GOTS certified organic cotton. The comforter fill is made with recycled plastic bottles certified to the Global Recycling Standard. Available separately are: the Tie Dye, Embroidered Breakfast and Square Patchwork decorative pillows, and Euro shams. Under The Canopy bedding is created by WestPoint Home. Under The Canopy, 646-873-3834, underthecanopy.com. WestPoint Home, Inc., 800-533-8229, westpointhome.com

Bamboo & Steel Privacy Panel

The Privacy Panel partition for indoor use anchors between the floor and ceiling via spring tension. Perpendicular steel rods slide through pockets on the light-filtering bamboo wood panel to create a room divider. The telescopic poles can be adjusted to fit any space up to 10 feet tall. The 38- by 68-inch bamboo panel can be positioned at the height desired and secured with thumb screws. The panel is manufactured in an environment-conscious way using natural bamboo with coordinating cotton trim. The 100 percent steel frame is powder-coated, a process that does not emit volatile organic chemicals (vocs). The entire structure can be recycled. The Privacy Panel is offered in driftwood, walnut, honey, and a tan-and-espresso tartan. Versailles Home Fashions Inc., 800-361-8981, versailles-inc.com

Turkish Hand-Woven Cottons

The company specializes in products hand-woven on traditional looms in Denizli, Turkey. It also partners with several foundations in Turkey that support women’s efforts to be economically independent and to improve their life quality in both urban and rural communities. The Classic throw (right), made in Turkey with 100 percent cotton, is reversible and measures 51 by 67 inches. It is offered in navy/white (shown) and gray/white. Antiochia USA LLC, 443-433-6024, antiochiahome.com

Premier Offers Three Eco-Friendly Brands

Premier Fine Linens Private Limited is part of the 65-year-old Premier group of companies that include seven spinning units and two weaving mills integrated with processing and finishing. It specializes in bed linens, but also offers table linens.
Premier Fine Linens offers three options in eco-friendly products:

• Beyond Organic sheeting from cotton to finished product with no chemicals or dyes. The products are GOTS and Oeko-Tex certified. The processes used to create Beyond Organic products consume 88 percent less water and 83 percent less energy than other standard processes, with 90 percent less waste generation.

• Ecora luxury organic bed linens are made with 100 percent GOTS approved dyes and chemicals, and are Oeko-Tex certified. Every aspect is certified under GOTS from cotton growing and harvesting to yarn spinning, fabric weaving and final packaging. There are no color limitations.

• The Pure Naturals line, which is Oeko-Tex certified, features all thread counts in sateen, percale, dobby and jacquard. The processes used to create them consume 75 percent less water, 70 percent less energy and generate 85 percent less waste than standard processes.

All three lines are created with 100 percent “green” energy that uses windmills. The Effluent Treatment plant reuses almost 99 percent of the water. In addition, there is a rainwater harvesting system that collects more than 5 million liters of water per year.

Premier Fine Linens, +91-422-2221223, premierfinelinens.com

Linum Embraces “Green” Mission

Linum Home Textiles, LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of luxury home textiles, is also a leader in the “green” initiative among manufacturers. Its mission statement, and therefore company mantra, is to have as little impact on the environment as possible, while striving to produce the finest luxury home textiles in the world. “This does not come without a price, but it is worth every penny,” explains Hamid Sedat Altinok, the founder of Linum Home Textiles, LLC. “We invest as much in environmentally friendly technologies as we do in new product, but I sincerely feel it is our duty to leave this world a better place than we found it.”

Linum’s factory, a 2 million-square-foot state-of-the-art facility located in Denizli, Turkey, runs 100 percent on solar energy. The plant is so efficient that it produces more power than it consumes. The excess is fed back into the grid, helping the city to reduce its impact on the environment as well.

Linum Home Textiles hopes to set an example and encourage other manufacturers to follow in resolving global warming and climate change issues through reducing carbon footprints in accordance with international climate change regulations. The company continues to build on these goals by installing more solar panels each year. With the current capacity of 17 MW, these solar panels allowed the company to reduce natural gas consumption by up to 2.465.223 m3 annually.

Shown (left) is the company’s Patriotic Beach Pestemal in ocean blue. The lightweight, 100 percent Turkish cotton beach/bath towel presents stripes in red, white and blue on the flat-woven front. The back of the towel is soft terry for maximum absorbency.

Linum Home Textiles, 855-933-0300, linumhometextiles.com

Coyuchi Launches Bed Linen Subscription Service

In April 2017, Coyuchi launched Coyuchi For Life, a first-of-its-kind subscription service for environmentally sustainable sheets, towels and duvet covers.
Consumers visit coyuchi.com/subscribe and:

• Choose the sheets, towels and duvets they want. Currently, the program includes: Cloud Loom towel sets in six colors, Air Weight™ towel sets in five colors, and 300-thread-count percale or sateen sheet sets and 300-thread-count percale or sateen duvet covers, each in three different colors.

• Choose how often they want new ones: every 6, 12 or 24 months. Consumers are prompted before the term ends to allow them to change color, size, number of items or style.

• At the renewal date, customers receive new linens, and use a return label to ship back old linens to Coyuchi for renewal or recycling. Orders and replenishments ship for free.

The monthly subscription costs can be as low as $5 per month for towel sets and $7 per month for queen-size sheet sets with a 24-month subscription.

The subscription service model helps to keep textiles out of landfills by building a more sustainable supply chain, directing used products back into the secondary markets or materials streams. The returned linens are renewed or upcycled. If not salvageable, the materials will be sent to recyclers, who will turn it into a new yarn.

Coyuchi products are produced using natural and organic fibers and are free of toxic dyes, bleaches and finishes. All Coyuchi cotton is 100 percent certified organic. Coyuchi is certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the world’s leading textile processing standard for organic fibers and in 2014 began working with Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade Certified™, a product certification program that promotes equitable trade practices, working with farms and factories to improve wages and conditions for workers.

“Coyuchi for Life is a great example of where innovation, a marketplace demand for transparency and a big shift towards an ‘I don’t want to own’ economy, are converging,” says Kevin Surace, Coyuchi board chairman. “The Coyuchi for Life program is about today’s more conscious consumption, moving away from the old model of conspicuous consumption.”

How will the subscription service fit in with Coyuchi’s wholesale program? Eileen Mockus, Coyuchi ceo and president, comments, “Coyuchi has traditionally sold both through direct-to-consumer and wholesale. Coyuchi for Life is a pilot program, and as such, we are tightly monitoring and controlling it to gauge consumer response. We look forward to seeing how we can evolve the program and bring in retailers further down the line. But right now, because Coyuchi for Life is very new, we’re in the experimentation phase—it’s too early to draw any conclusions.”

Mockus adds that the company will also experiment “with ways to treat Coyuchi for Life like a membership—offering [subscribers] special incentives and early action.”

Coyuchi, 888-418-8847, coyuchi.com