Washing workout gear at home is contributing to microplastic pollution.

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We are releasing an astonishing amount of micro plastic particles in each wash cycle: 124-308 mg for kilo of washed fabric

The worlds dominant fiber by far is polyester - since the early 70s, polyester has become more and more widely used and accounts now for the vast majority of all fiber production for the entire apparel industry.

Blending polyester with other fibers like cotton or wool allowed to cut the cost of apparel until we started creating entire garments from polyester fiber. There wouldn't be fast fashion without petroleum derived Polyester fiber.

I also believe that it's an amazing fiber! You can dye it, sublimate it, print on it, and even engineering it to specific purposes like wicking moisture and keeping athletes dry and warm! 

And I believe that it's time for the apparel industry - especially athletic companies who have been on the forefront of technology and material innovation -  to invest in finding organic compounds that can create the same effect as polyester made from oil.

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Sources: Textile Exchange Org 

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The flax plant is a resilient species with the ability to grow in poor soil conditions and requires little if any fertilizers. According to the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp, "Across its lifecycle, a linen shirt uses 6.4 liters of water compared to 2,700 liters for a cotton shirt".

Linen production generally uses a fraction of the energy in comparison to polyester. On top of that Koryphae linen fabrics are produced on hand looms lowering our energy footprint additionally.

With the increasing demand for flaxseed and flax oil, almost all parts of the plant can be used so there is little to no wastage of the plant.

At the end of the lifecycle of the garment, Linen is also naturally biodegradable.

2. Inherently Insect Repellent

Yes, it looks like linen keeps its pest resiliency even in fabric form. Linen, it is thought, naturally repels insects as well as moths! Bye bye holes and critters!

3. Cool in the Summer, Warm in Winter

Linen is breathable, absorbant, and a natural insulator which makes it an ideal fiber for hot AND cooler climates. In the hot months, it is airy, light, and keeps you dry and cool, in the winter it wicks away moisture while trapping warmth if you add a layer over it.

4. Linen is one of the Strongest Natural Fibers on Earth.

Linen gets 10% stronger when wet and is 30% stronger than cotton! Linen gets better and more luxurious, and supple with each wash and wear. Unlike other fabrics, it doesn't pill.

5. Linen was the Predominant Fabric throughout History

Linen was commonly used in ancient Egypt and the remnants of the oldest linen garment - and world's oldest piece of women's clothing - is the Tarkhan dress whichis over 5000 years old.

In 2009 a team of Harvard backed archeologists and paleobiologists discovered spun and twisted flax fibers that were more than 34,000 years old in a cave in the Republic of Georgia.

6. Linen is pure Luxury!

To maintain the full length of the flax fiber, the plant must be pulled from the ground at harvest. Then they are left on the field to soften which makes it easier to separate the fiber. Before the fiber is twisted and spun, it is extracted, rolled, and stored for up to 3 additional months to further soften it. Yes, this is a time-consuming process which is why Linen is considered to be one of the most luxurious natural fabrics and therefore more expensive than cotton.

7. Linen has a High Frequency!
In 2003, Dr. Heidi Yellen did a study on the frequencies of fabric. According to this study, the human body has a signature frequency of 100, and organic cotton is the same - 100. The study determined that if the number is lower than 100, it can put a strain on the body, a nearly dead person has a frequency of 15 which is where Polyester, Rayon, and - curiously - Silk register. Linen and Wool, on the other hand, registered at 5000 each yet canceled each other out when worn on top of each other. The study suggests that the energy field of wool flows from left to right, while that of linen flows in the opposite direction.

Raise your frequency and see a few images of our 5 launch capsule pieces:

From left to right: Pleated Top & Sculpted Pant, Boxy Shirt, Jumpsuit, Boxy Dress