Linton Tweeds

Sustainability at Linton Tweeds

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Sustainability is one of the most talked about issues of the modern world. Not a day goes by without a news story highlighting climate change due to the effects of pollution, mass production and over population.

As the brands and customers we supply demand more ethically made and sustainable fabric, over the last few years, there has been an internal drive to re-look at our own manufacturing process and the materials we use. We have also made enormous efforts to reduce waste, in and around our mill. We have listed our wide range of sustainability practices which you can read more about at the bottom of this page.

To make is easier for our customers buying from our stocked fabrics collection, we have conveniently put together a rating system, which will make it easier to determine how sustainable each fabric is. Each fabric (under production information), will be rated as 1 to 3 stars.

Your guide to sustainable fabric shopping with Linton Tweeds

To help our web customers understand how sustainable each fabric is, we have conveniently added a new attribute to each fabric listing page. Fabrics will be rated 1 Star, 2 Star or 3 Star. You can read below to find out the criteria each fabric goes through to qualify for the relevant star rating.

Sustainability - One StarSustainability One Star Rating – Woven at Linton Tweeds using sustainable practices but less than 50% sustainable yarn or natural fibres
Sustainability - Two StarsSustainability Two Star Rating – Woven at Linton Tweeds using sustainable practices and more than 50% sustainable yarn or natural fibres
Sustainability - Three StarsSustainability Three Star Rating – Woven at Linton Tweeds using sustainable practices and more than 80% sustainable yarn or natural fibres

What are natural and sustainable yarns?

Natural yarns are made up of fibres from animal hair, plants, or even certain types of insect cocoons. These include wool, cotton, linen, silk and alpaca to name a few. Typically, these types of yarn are split into three categories; plant fibres (like cotton), animal fibres (like wool), and protein fibres (like silk).

We make use of four types of sustainable yarns at Linton Tweeds; bio cotton, GOTS wool, FCS viscose and recycled yarns. Both Bio Cotton and GOTS wool are fully certified organic yarns which are sustainably produced under the most ethical practices. Viscose is a type of rayon fibre that is made from natural sources such as wood and agricultural products that are regenerated as cellulose fibres. FSC Certified Viscose will be from sources, which are produced from sustainably managed plantations. Recycled yarns are where fibres from either redundant yarns or recycled clothing is broken down into fibre form, to be re-spun and dyed into new yarns for fabric weaving. Examples include recycled cotton, recycled polyamide and recycled acrylic.

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Some of the Sustainable Practices at Linton Tweeds