BITE MATERIAL GUIDE
Meticulous attention to every detail in our products from raw material to end of use includes extensive work around the materials we use.
The BITE material guide shows which fibres we work with and how we rank them.
Organic ‘peace’ silk
Plant derived PU leather
Certified and traceable alpaca
Certified and traceable cupro
FSC Certified Viscose
Chemical retting linen
Chemical retting hemp
Feather & down
Recycled cotton is re-purposed, post-industrial or post-consumer cotton that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Using recycled cotton is a way to improve our environmental impact by reducing water and energy consumption as well as landfill waste and space. The recycled cotton we work with are certified with Global Recycle Standard, GRS.
Recycled wool is re-purposed, post-industrial or post-consumer wool that would otherwise be sent to landfill or used as low grade stuffing. Using recycled wool is a way to improve our environmental impact by reducing water and energy consumption as well as landfill waste and space. The recycled wool we work with is certified with Global Recycle Standard, GRS.
Organic cotton is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. Its production sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people by using natural processes rather than artificial inputs. Organic cotton is grown without any artificial fertilizers, pesticides or genetically modified seeds. It doesn’t damage the soil, has less impact on the air, and uses less water and less energy. Organic cotton also means that the farmers are not exposed to toxic chemicals in their work. The organic cotton we work with is certified with Global Organic Textile Standard, GOTS.
Organic wool yarn is from sheep that have not been exposed to chemicals like pesticides and are kept in humane farm conditions. The organic wool we work with is certified with Global Organic Textile Standard, GOTS.
Even though flax naturally requires few chemical inputs we only work with organic linen grown without synthetic fungicides, pesticides and herbicides, in fields that are healthier for farmers, wildlife and surrounding communities.
In organic silk production, silkworms are fed with mulberry tree leaves from organic agriculture, grown in mixed cultures which has a positive effect on the surroundings and environment. Unlike conventional silk, organic silk does not use pesticides or artificial fertilizers in the production and is also 100% free of heavy metals and chemical substances. This makes organic silk fully biodegradable and a material that is natural against your skin. The organic silk we work with is certified with Global Organic Textile Standard, GOTS.
Organic ‘Peace’ Silk
Peace silk, is produced without harming the silkworms. The silkworms are not fed with hormone enhancements and the cocoon is only collected after the moths break through their walls and leave, allowing them a natural life cycle. The silkworms need 14 days in their cocoon feeding off the silk inside, which means only half as much silk is left at the end of the process. ‘Peace’ silk status does not guarantee organic production but the silk we work with is also certified as organic. The organic ‘peace’ silk we use is certified with Soil Association Organic.
Recycled polyester, or rPET, is made from re-purposed, post-industrial or post-consumer PET and polyester fabrics. Using recycled polyester is a way to improve our environmental impact by reducing water and energy consumption as well as landfill waste and space. Performance and durability benefits, including high strength and functional versatility of recycled polyester is the same as traditional polyester but with a lower environmental impact. Even though rPET takes significantly less energy to produce than virgin polyester, it still requires more energy than both organic and regular cotton, hemp and wool which is why we favour natural fibres in our material ranking. Even though rPET keeps plastic from ending in the oceans it still releases microplastics. The recycled polyester we use is certified with Global Recycle Standard, GRS.
Recycled nylon is made from re-purposed, post-industrial or post-consumer synthetic waste such as industrial plastic, waste fabric and fishing nets from oceans. Using recycled nylon is a way to improve our environmental impact by reduced water and energy consumption as well as landfill waste and space. The recycled nylon we use is certified with Global Recycle Standard, GRS.