Swiss company Freitag is on path to a more sustainable fashion environment with compostable fabrics. Now that might seem trivial at first, until you give a thought to the ungodly amount of resources that go into the manufacture of common clothing items. A pair of jeans could use as much as 9,992 liters of water in the cycle leading to its manufacture, a t-shirt is nearly 2,500 liters.
Freitag hopes its initiative will help reduce the carbon footprint of clothing. The company’s aim was to produce textile material that would be tough, sustainably produced, and compostable. To their surprise, they found that no such material existed in Europe. Thus started the path of creating their own material, which they call F-abric.
To stay within its sustainability goals, all raw material required for F-abric is sourced from a 2,500 miles radius of Zurich. While that number might sound like a huge distance, keep in mind that in our globalized world, raw materials travel astounding distances before finished products are shipped off to various parts of the world. As another step on the sustainability ladder, F-abric makes use of a very low amount of chemicals in processing of the textile, and even in growth of the raw materials.
Stringent requirements and the focus on sustainability have enabled F-abric to receive certification to the Oeko-Tex standards. For the uninitiated, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a test and certification system for textiles tested for harmful chemicals.
Freitag’s new textile is made from a blend of hemp, flax, and modal (from cellulose). According to the company, the textile is good to go for composting. As an example, F-abric jeans will break down in a composter in just a few months. Even if no composter is available, the fabric is 100% naturally biodegradable.
Current lineup for this clothing includes chinos, long and short t-shirts, and a workdress, all available solely in Freitag’s European stores.