“SVILU was born out of the desire to create beautifully made, thoughtfully designed staples for women that endure the ebb and flow of trends. Environmentally sensitive fabrics and practices are used whenever possible and we continue to research ways to reduce our impact while maintaining the integrity of our designs.”
Founded by Britt Cosgrove and Marina Polo, SVILU seeks to re-address the fundamentals of a woman’s wardrobe by offering environmentally sustainable and socially sensitive staples for modern dressing. Mindfully sourced and locally produced pieces are based on styles that endure the ebb and flow of trends. Silhouettes are borrowed from the boys but designed by women with an eye towards subtle specialness and impeccable make. The clothes set a woman apart without speaking louder than she does.
The main fabrics Svilu use for their collections are:
Grown from non-genetically modified plants without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides.
Conventional cotton farming uses approximately 25% of the world’s Insecticides and more than 10% of the Pesticides- both of which are highly unregulated. Organic production of cotton ensures that soil fertility is maintained or improved, groundwater and rivers are kept free of synthetic chemicals, and the health of farmers is improved and their risk of being contaminated by hazardous chemicals minimized.
A textile made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees.
Tencel’s supply chain is transparent. It is obtained from eucalyptus trees that are grown on farms- no old growth forests; genetic manipulation, irrigation, nor pesticides are used. These forests and the pulp produced for Tencel have earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification that the products come from socially and environmentally responsible forests. The cellulose or ground pulp used for Tencel is treated in what is known as a closed loop process in which non-toxic organic solvents are recycled with a recovery rate of 99.5% and bleach is not required. The tiny amount of remaining emissions is decomposed in biological purification plants.
A textile made from the pulp of Beech trees.
Modal is made of European beech wood and is completely natural and CO2 neutral. The manufacturing process is fully integrated – the pulp and fibers are produced in a symbiotic manner – production synergies are optimized, energy is conserved, and valuable substances are recovered from the process. This full integration – pulp and fiber production at one site – generates recoverable energy and reusable materials contained in wood.
Cupro is made from the linter of the cotton ball, which is annually renewable and thus avoids both forest and petroleum depletion.
DIGITAL FABRIC PRINTING
Digital textile printers are large-format inkjet printers specially modified to run fabric. Unlike conventional textile printing, digital printing entails very little waste of fabric, ink, water or electricity.