From the beginning of Omnifera we knew that we want to focuse on natural fibers only and avoid using synthetic materials. It was a natural decision based on our attitudes and feelings, but we didn´t proclaim it anywhere. The time has come to define our objectives.
We were hesitating using glitters in our products during long time (just because of our personal opinions), because it meant adding some polyester (that is commonly used in textile industry, without exception of baby textiles), but repeated requests of our customers finally won and we produced 3 releases of wraps with 4% glitters. Those wraps were fabricated more than half a year ago. However informations about plastic in textiles that we got in last months are so alarming, that now we know for sure, that we will not remake any wraps with glitters or other synthetic materials again.
It turns out that microfibres from synthetic textiles hugely contribute to enviromental pollution.
These microfibres that are less than 1 mm in size are released in big quantities from our synthetic garments to water during every washing cycle. Researchers collected effluent samples from marine and freshwater sites around the world and found a big amount of microfibers from polyester, nylon, acrylic, and other synthetic fibers in almost every water sample. The plastic is toxic. It is digested by fishes and other animals, move up the food chain and finish on our plates. This pollution is even more dangerous than the pollution from plastic bottles and other visible plastic waste.
Fibres and yarns from recycled PET bottles etc. therefore doesn´t really help, the plastic from garments made from these materials are released to the nature during washing in even more harmful form.
Other question is the effect of synthetic fibers on our skin. Studies show that chemicals from plastic fibers can be absorbed through the skin into the blood stream, causing toxic effects.
We don´t like plastic materials, simply because we don´t find them pleasant on the skin. But now we have one more reason to openly say that we don´t want and will not use them in baby wraps. Just because it is a product intended for the most sensitive people - our babies.
We are trying to avoid plastics also in our family. Let´s think together when we will want to buy a new polyester blouson or acrylic jumper. There is always an alternative.
Another point that we are intensely reviewing, are treated easy-care merino yarns. You might notice that we are avoiding making wraps with "superwash" merino recently. Although we know this blend is largely popular, it doesn´t match our philosophy unfortunately. The yarns are mostly produced with a help of highly toxic chemicals. Often coated with a sythetic polymer, the final product losts a part of its original properties. Some more eco friendly methods already exist, but but they are still less or more questionable or are not suitable for our needs.
Anyway we can promise you, that we will always be on a hunt for more sustainable alternatives.
(If you would like to read more about the danger of microfibers, you can google it, there are many articles throughout internet.
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