How It's Made
100% rPET® Fabric with Chitosante® made by Kendor Textiles
Recycled PET Polyester fabric is 100% post consumer recycled raw material that is revolutionary in its inception and its potential. The polyester fibre is made from recycled post-consumer drinking bottles. It can also be combined with other fibres for comfort, ease of care, and durability. Kendor Textiles, the fabric manufacturer, specializes in PET yarns, eco-friendly fibres, sustainable growth, and organics. The company values quality service, personal relationships, and integrity. Their fabrics are sourced from Taiwan, China, Australia, and Europe and they ensure the workers in their mills are safe, paid livable working wages and are treated with respect. Vibrant colors are achieved using low-impact, fibre-reactive dying process.
Chitosante®Chitosante is an environmentally friendly treatment made from the natural biomass, Chitosan. Chitosan is produced commercially by the deacetylation of chitin, which is the structural element in the exoskeleton of crustaceans (such as crabs and shrimp) and cell walls of fungi (which is well known as biocompatible, biodegradable and nontoxic). Chitosante is registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide ACT of U.S.A. and is widely sourced from fishing industry waste that is typically dumped into landfills. ChitoSanté uses the active ingredient chitosan to bring textiles advanced performance with good durability. The result incorporates valuable, durable, and high performance qualities safe to the human body and is certified as an ecological product by Intertek Testing Services. It is antibacterial, biodegradable, odor resistant, non-toxic, pill-resistant, anti-static, breathable, fast drying/wicking and improves fabric softness and drape.
Oeko-Tex Standard® 100 Certified Fabric using Low Impact Dyes
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Examples for items eligible for certification: Raw and dyed/finished yarns, raw and dyed/finished fabrics and knits, and ready-made articles. Testing for harmful substances includes: illegal substances, legally regulated substances, known harmful (but not legally regulated) chemicals, and also includes parameters for health care. In their entirety, these requirements clearly exceed existing national legislation. Oeko-Tex® testing for harmful substances always focuses on the actual use of the textile. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements to be met. The Pursuit Top fabric is Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified.
Low-impact dyes have been classified by Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 as eco-friendly. Generally, low impact dyes do not contain toxic chemicals or mordants (which fix the dye to the fabric), require less rinsing, and have a high absorption rate, at least 70% in the fabric, creating less water runoff than conventional dyeing processes.
Low-impact synthetic dyes that directly bond with the garment fibres rather than remaining as an independent chemical entity within the fibre. They contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, and do not need mordants. They have a high absorption rate, decreasing rinse water and water waste. They are applied at relatively low temperatures (30ºC compared to 100ºC needed for direct dyes) saving energy, and require controlled amounts of salt and alkali. The high cost of the dye becomes an environmental advantage, as it is cheaper to reclaim dye from its effluent rather than discharge it all and start from scratch and the water can also be recycled. The dye cycle is shorter than other dye processes, meaning less water, salt, and chemicals needed to dye the fabric. Recent advances have created fibre-reactive dyes with colors that are brighter and richer, providing excellent colorfast properties.
Trims and Finishings Sourced in USA
Zippers : UCAN Zippers, Vernon, California
Size Tags + Care Labels : Leader Thread, New York, New York
Brand Neck Labels : Wayne Mills, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Locally Cut & Sewn, Chicago Fair Trade
Cut & Sew Production : Gil Sewing Corporation, Chicago, IL
Fair trade is an alternative business model that focuses on the triple bottom line: people, the planet, and profits. More than 1 billion of the world’s population survive on less than $1 per day. Fair trade aims to combat this widespread poverty by providing opportunity for economically disadvantaged producers, cultivating transparent trade partnerships, ensuring safe working conditions and the rights of women and children, and focusing on environmental sustainability through all stages of production. Fibre Athletics is Chicago Fair Trade certified.
Chicago Fair Trade (CFT)
Chicago Fair Trade is the largest fair trade coalition in the USA, comprised of a dedicated base of member businesses, educational institutions, congregations, non-profit organizations, and individual activists. CFT increases support for economic and environmental justice through consumer education, advocacy, and promotion of local fair trade businesses. CFT is proud to be a local and national leader in raising awareness about and building support for fair trade and its principles of environmental sustainability, ethical production methods, fair wages, and safe working conditions. Fibre Athletics is a business member of Chicago Fair Trade.