Lela Designs is putting the green in ladies golf! Our fashion forward designs have been on the forefront of the eco luxury golf niche for years and each season we better our practices creating more choices for the earth loving consumer.

Why Lela Designs use Eco and Organic fabrics?

  1. Social responsibility: We all need to do our part to keep our planet clean. Chemicals and pesticides invade drinking water and groundwater, polluting its fish and even reaching human consumption. Organic and eco fibers grow without any pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
  2. Biodegradable: Eco and organic fabric biodegrade naturally over time. Synthetic fibers eventually become waste and let off harmful toxins when they degrade.
  3. Touch: Many people are allergic or dislike wearing synthetic textiles. Eco fabrics have all the properties of the new synthetic breathable fibers with added softness and drape. They feel better against the skin.
  4. Absorption: Not only do its chemicals reach into our groundwater, conventional clothing is worn next to our most porous organ- our skin. If nicotine, birth control medication and other drugs are absorbed through patches on our skin, how can we assume that we do not absorb the chemicals in our clothing? Organic and eco-fibers are natural and do not contain irritating chemicals. Many of them are also considered hypoallergenic and naturally anti-bacterial.
  5. Popularity: Organic foods have been around for awhile and it is a natural evolution that organic and eco friendly fabrics will also gain popularity. Eco and Organic fabrics once considered an alternative are now entering into the mainstream.

What fabrics do Lela Designs use?

Organic Cotton:

Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics in the world. It has traditionally been grown with mass use of pesticides, chemicals, and water. The chemicals used in conventional cotton production are some of the most harmful known to woman/man. Every year new chemicals are created to spray on cotton crops as insects that invade the cotton plants become immune to the current chemicals used.

Organic cotton is cotton that has been grown for at least three years without chemical pesticides and defoliants. Fertilizers that are used include compost, manure, naturally derived mineral and plant fertilizers and crop rotation. Insect controls involve the use of beneficial insects and natural pesticides certified for organic crops. Organic cotton is also processed without oils, chemicals, and pesticides. It does require a great deal of water to grow.

Organic cotton feels softer, smells cleaner, and is less likely to trigger allergies. The sustainable farming practices used to grow organic cotton do not pollute groundwater, surface water, soil, or air. In fact, soil quality is actually improved by the production of organic cotton. Organic cotton is safer for farmers, for you, and for the environment.

Recycled PET:

PET fabric is made from recycled clear pop bottles. It is very strong, yet lightweight which makes it great for active wear. By using PET we help divert disposable plastic containers from our landfills.

Terminology:

Organic:

Organic textiles are grown in controlled settings with no pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals. Only natural fertilizers are used and the soil and water are monitored. If a fiber is “certified organic” its growing conditions have been monitored and certified by an agency from one of the several organic trade associations worldwide.

Eco Fibers:

Eco fibers are fibers that do not require the use of any pesticides or chemicals to grow. They are naturally resistant to mould and mildew and are disease free. Hemp, linen, bamboo and coir are eco-friendly fibers.

There are also eco fibers created from the end product of other processes, generally from food wastes. Such fibers are produced from soy, coconut, milk, corn and chitin (crab shell). For example, soy fiber is made from the hulls of soybeans used to make tofu and other soy products.

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