CircStretch, Handloom Banana/ Organic Cotton, Yulex Neoprene, Cactus Leather, Handloom Nettle/ Organic Cotton, TENCEL Luxe and other new developments.

STSC is proud to continually source new and upcoming developments in the textile industry across the globe.

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Banana Fibre & Organic Cotton Blend

Following our "Wealth From Waste" goal we are thrilled to announce after more than two years of development we now have our first fabric using banana plant crop waste.  We have been working with an Indian inventor who created a super machine to extract the banana stem fibres faster and we are now handweaving with an incredible group of artisans who are weaving to our specifications.This fabric can be yarn dyed using pure plant based dyes or azo free dyes.


Commercial high-volume hybrid eco-blend fabric using 50% recycled farm waste from the silky soft layer of the inner pseudo stem of a banana plant and blending with 50% GOTS organic cotton. The fiber is lightweight, very strong, has long fibres with low elongation and has excellent moisture content absorption and release characteristics.  Onces blended with GOTS organic cotton, the banana yarn and fabric has a similar feel and texture to canvas or linen. After the first 90 degree wash the fabric will soften and the coarse feel minimises. It is recommended to use a suitable lining for the garments that will reduce the coarse feel when worn, such as our GOTS organic cotton twill. By using the banana plant waste-by-product, the fabric’s water consumption is lower given it was originally grown for food, as opposed to flax crops grown specifically to produce linen. 

 

Plant cashmere

“Plant-based Wool” is an animal free alternative to protein sourced wool with a hand feel similar to cashmere, hence the name. The textile is made of 70% rain-fed regenerative organic cotton, 5% of Calotropis Pod Fibers and 25% Calotropis stem fibers. Caltopsis fibers are hollow and have the capacity to hold in heat similar to animal wool, making it a great alternative for those who choose to be animal-free. 


The production of 1kg of this yarn saves 9000L of clean drinking water compared to 100% cotton yarn. The cultivation of the calotropis plant can convert dry, unusable terrain into profitable land for farmers. Scientific research confirmed that these fabrics have antimicrobial properties against the most common skin disease created by staph bacteria. This fabric is sustainable at every stage of their life cycle from production and processing to ultimate disposal. The cellulose fibers do not shrink with every wash and are felt to be generally easier to maintain than protein-based wool fabrics. 


Production of our textile is done mostly by hand, empowering women and helping rural economies in dry parts of the country where jobs are unsecure. Manufactured in India through a waste free process. Calotropis grows freely in deserted lands with no water, no care and no pesticides. Once fibers are extracted, the concentrate and fermented leftovers from the plant are mixed with different ayurvedic herbs and made into ARKA - a very efficient bio nutrient and insect repellent. 

 

Yulex

Yulex biodegradable plant rubber is made from Guayule (Parthenium argentatum). This material is designed to replace traditional tropical- or petroleum-based rubber in consumer, industrial, and medical products, with the residual agricultural materials utilized as a feedstock for bioenergy.


​Less than 1% of the world's rubber supply currently comes from FSC certified sources and this is a natural low environmental impact alternative to synthetic rubber that is  a 100% eco friendly natural rubber harvested from rubber trees. This product is made with Yulex Pure™, the world’s first high performing, non-sensitizing, 100% plant-based, ultra-pure natural rubber, sustainably sourced, and produced in the United States of America. This Closed cell foam is produced with purified FSC rubber compound.


This fabric is good for swimwear, rashies, wetsuit jackets, yoga mats, etc. Perfect to replace standard neoprene foams on sustainable projects.

  • Sheets are laminated on one face or on both faces with a jersey made from thin recycled polyester rPET.

  • Lamination glue is water based (AquaAlfa)

  • Large range of jerseys and large range of colours.

  • Fabric comes in sheet’s size: approximately 120cm x 210cm +/- 5%. 

  • There is a sheet thickness ranging from 1.5mm to 3mm


(The Sample's sheet’s thickness is 1.5mm - this thickness is referred to foam only, tolerance +/-0.5mm)

 

Nettle

Nettle or bicchu buti grows wild as undergrowth particularly in Almora and Chamoli districts in Uttarakhand a state in northern part of India. The stem fibers are pliable and used to weave knit fabric. It was lying unexplored until 7-8 years back, when on realizing its potential in the field of textiles, many organizations in the region initiated research and development activities on the possibilities of handloom based product development in nettle. A number of researches have been conducted not only in developing commercial textiles using nettle, but also in the cultivation and propagation of the crop in the most sustainable manner.


Significant development has been made in the processes of cultivation and fibre extraction by many renowned European organizations, institutes and companies. Himalayan Nettle is a grass species, the plant is found in the upper reaches of Himalayas, the plant can attain a height of up to 12 to 18 feet in height. Different pockets of Uttarakhand have traditionally used the plant fiber for making domestic products like ropes and other rope based products such as slippers used locally called Chappel, Ghana, Natesh, Jotan. Over the years the raw material for these products has been replaced by plastic. Nettle fiber was widely used for thousands of years as a source of fiber for bowstrings, fishing nets and lines, snares, and cordage. It is an annual/perennial plant and grows to 3 meter.


Nettle fiber has remarkable high tensile strength, fineness, low specific weight and an average length of 3m; this allows production of fine fabrics. Although the plants produce good fiber, commercial extraction for high quality fiber has not yet been achieved. Various parts of the nettle plant can be used as food, fodder and as raw material for different purposes in cosmetics, medicine, industry and biodynamic agriculture.