Fabric and Materials
The materials we bring into our homes and put on both our bodies and our children's bodies is the most important consideration as we source the best possible fabrics, stuffings, and notions to produce all Nursling products.
We value organic materials higher than anything else whenever possible, and are nearly always able to source fabrics and materials that meet high sustainability standards or have a natural growing and refining process that eliminates the need for any type of harmful chemicals or farming.
As a company this is one of the most important part of our mission, and we promise to strive everyday to critically look at each aspect of our supply chain, production practices, and logistics processes to be the best we can be as we enhance people's lives.
Materials we use:
Starting from untreated, natural seeds, organic cotton is grown without synthetic fertilizers. Organic cotton crop rotation and composting maintain the health of naturally moist soil by creating a biodiverse, balanced ecosystem. As a result, organic cotton plants are more resistant to pests and disease eliminates the need for the use of pesticides which are often suspected to be carcinogenic or neurotoxic.
As a result of the cleaner growing process, farm workers are afforded a healthier work environment and the resulting uncontaminated plant waste can be used for other purposes - feed for livestock, oil production, etc.
Hemp textiles are made from industrial 'cannibus sativa' fibers. Hemp plants grow very quickly, without the use of chemical herbicides or pesticides and produce high yield commercial crops which optimize both land use and available resources. Hemp also returns a significant amount of the nutrients it takes from the soil leaving it rich and ready for new crops.
Exceptional tensile strength, naturally hypo-allergenic, offering UV protection and with the ability to help with thermo-regulation, hemp textiles are multipurpose and multi-functional.
ORGANIC LINEN, CONVENTIONAL LINEN & FLAX
Organic linen: Boasting all of the same benefits as conventional linen, organic linen has the added benefit of the seeds, sprouts, and soil are spared from the use of fungicides and pesticides.
Conventional linen: Requiring far fewer chemical inputs than cotton and little to no irrigation, linen, made from flax, is by nature a more environmental fabric than most.
Breathable, lightweight and slightly textured, linen softens with time and wear.
Flax: The flax plant and fibers are what is used to create linen, actual flax is a less refined materials of similar qualities.
Raising and harvesting kapok has one of the lowest environmental impact compared to any other fiber materials in use today, specifically less than plastic and cotton, aside from hemp.
Kapok trees are not cut down during the harvesting of the fiber and do not require irrigation or any chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.
ORGANIC BUCKWHEAT HULL
Organic Buckwheat Hulls are grown and mechanically processed in the USA without pesticides or other toxic chemicals. Our Midwest grown organic buckwheat hulls are screened and filtered 3 times to remove any impurities.
Tencel Lyocell is a type of rayon cellulose fiber derived from sustainable wood sources that are harvested and certified according to Lenzing's strict guidelines. Low toxicity solvents are used (and recycled to be used again) to convert wood pulp into fiber.
Tencel Lyocell is the only fully closed loop cellulose fiber on the market. Features include good yarn tenacity and a smooth hand, Tencel Lyocell is very gentle on the skin. It is also thermal regulating, naturally resistant to bacteria and biodegradable.
MODAL & TENCEL MODAL
Also a cellulose fiber, Modal & Tencel Modal are mainly derived from renewable Beechwood Trees sourced from sustainable forests.
Developed as a second generation variation of rayon, Modal & Tencel Modal have a very high wet strength and are extra soft touch making it ideal for garments coming directly in contact with the skin.
Modal & Tencel Modal can be machine washed and tumbled dry because the fibers are dimensionally stable.
RECYCLED POLYESTER (RPET)
In lieu of relying on new petroleum to produce conventional polyester, Recycled Polyester, otherwise known as rPet (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate), is made from post consumer plastic waste including plastic bottles that have been diverted from landfills. In doing so, recycled polyester conserves water and energy while emitting less greenhouse gases.
Garments created from recycled polyester aim to be continuously recycled with no degradation of quality, allowing us to minimize wastage. This means polyester garment manufacturing could potentially become a closed loop system.
Once known to be rough and a bit unpliable, rPet has improved so much that it is now virtually interchangeable with conventional polyester while being environmentally superior.
From farm to fabric, Merino wool is a biodegradable, natural and renewable fiber.
Ethically produced from non-mulesed Australian Merino sheep, Merino wool is is made from exceptionally fine fibers that biodegrade over time. Soft, comfortable, moisture wicking, odor resistant, temperature regulating and natural UV protection that helps to prevent sun damage are all benefits of Merino premium offering.
While we will always work to only use organic cotton, there are instances where conventional cotton are necessary, these are usually combined with other sustainable fibers and elements. Conventional cotton will never be used on any direct to skin products.
Occasionally some materials we use will contain 1-2% of poly fibers, which are woven into the fabric at the mill level. This materials is helpful in adding to the strength and durability of the material, and is chosen sometimes for products that are anticipated to receive heavy use.