TALA’s design process focuses on making affordable, highly wearable activewear that doesn’t break the bank or damage our planet. Our priority is creating clothes that you’ll want to wear forever – did you know the average item of clothing in the UK is only worn 7 times, and thrown out after 2.2 years? We want to make sure you’ll be loving your clothes for as long as possible, and whilst we recognise that changing consumer habits is no small task, we’re always making improvements in this area.
This means finding durable fabrics that move when you move, feel comfy when you’re relaxed, and fit seamlessly into your everyday life. To create a variety of options for everyone, we use a number of different fabrics in our clothes. Here are some examples of the fabrics we use - you can find more information about where they’re used on our individual product pages.
Q-Nova uses regenerated waste materials that would otherwise have been disposed of to create lightweight, breathable fabrics. The fabric and manufacturing process is controlled to ensure no harmful chemicals are used that would detract from the final sustainability of the product. Q-Nova is certified by the Global Recycling Standard (GRS) and EU Ecolabel and its impact measured by the Higg Index, meaning it really is one of the best fabrics for our clothes! You can learn more about Q-Nova here.
Recover® uses textile waste as a raw material resource, reducing the amount of land, water, emissions and chemicals needed to create our clothes. Recover Recycled Cotton is the most sustainable cotton solution available today, according to the Higg Materials Sustainability Index. They’re also certified by the Global Recycling Standard. Read more about the environmental benefits here.
Lyocell is an environmentally friendly fibre made from wood pulp. It’s great for people with sensitive skin and compared to virgin cotton can use up to 50% less water in its production. It’s also made to last and is resistant to picking up smells, meaning you’ll have to wash it less, which is also great for the planet.
Did you know that bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, and uses 10% the amount of land as cotton to produce the same yield? That’s one of the many reasons we think it’s a great fibre to use in our clothes. It’s temperature controlling and moisture wicking too, so perfect for those warmer days.
By using recycled cotton, TALA saves 4817 litres of water per tonne of recycled cotton when compared to conventional virgin cotton. Even grown organically, cotton farms are hugely water intensive, so we aim to use recycled cotton where possible. Currently we only use very limited amounts of virgin organic cotton to mix with other fibres, such as Q-Nova.
LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose
Viscose is a semi-synthetic fibre that’s made from trees, and is the third most commonly used textile in the world! More than 150 million trees are logged each year to turn into cellulosic fabric which is why we only use sustainably sourced wood pulp with maximum supply chain transparency. Our viscose is certified by EU Ecolabel, which certifies its sustainability and lower environmental impact from raw-materials sourcing to production and distribution. The manufacturing of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres we use generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic Viscose.
Nylon is a very versatile fabric, especially when it comes to activewear. Our recycled nylon is certified by the Global Recycling Standard (GRS) to ensure we only use pre-consumer waste, rather than non-renewable resources. This is material that would have been sent to landfill or downcycled if we didn’t use it!
What about microfibres?
Did you know that all synthetic fibres release tiny threads called microfibres every time they are washed? These are a form of microplastic, tiny pieces of plastic released as products break down. These tiny plastics from clothes are the greatest source of primary microplastics in our oceans. This includes your favourite leggings, dresses, jumpers, underwear and yes, our clothes too. This is why we recommend only washing your clothes when you have to, and using a Fibre Filter bag each time you do to trap the fibres. This will help the waterways stay clear. We think all washing machines should have a filter as standard, but until they do, you can use our filter bags to keep those microfibres away from delicate water ecosystems.