WEGANOOL™ is a 100% plant-based, chemical-free fabric made from calotropis blended with organic cotton. It is made by the company FABORG based in India and is considered one vegan wool.
In fact, it was born as cruelty free alternative to wool of animal origin and aims to replace 1% of the wool market by 2026.
The yarn is obtained from stem and pod fibers carefully extracted from the calotropis plant, then mixed with 70% of organic cotton.
The structure of the soft calotropis fiber creates air pockets within the fabric, making it lightweight and adding thermoregulatory properties similar to wool and cashmere.
Some of the calotropis fibers are 50% finer than cashmere, which is why WEGANOOL has also earned the nickname "vegan cashmere".
For the look and feel, the fabric in WEGANOOL it differs from other fabrics of natural origin: it is light, soft, regulates body temperature based on the external temperature and gives the garments natural antimicrobial properties.
These qualities come from its structure cellulose cava, which has a diameter of only 10-20 microns: merino wool fibers have a diameter of 21-24 microns and cashmere 14-15 microns.
According to the manufacturer, the fibers WEGANOOL they are softer than any other protein fiber.
Not to mention that wool and cashmere come from grazing animals or from intensive breeding, which are the main cause of deforestation and climate change.
The fabric WEGANOOL can be used to make vegan clothing such as shirts, scarves, dresses, inner liners and more.
The sustainability of WEGANOOL
WEGANOOL has the goal of raise sustainability standards in the textile industry.
This includes agriculture, fiber extraction, the different stages of fabric production, processing, design and, most importantly, disposal.
The production of fibers, derived from calotropis plants, has numerous ecological and social benefits including providing support to rural economies, reforestation and restoration of arid agricultural land.
In January 2020 WEGANOOL was presented in London at the Future Fabric Expo, the world's largest showcase of sustainable materials.
The fabric also received special attention on the Expo Innovation Table, such as creative and vegan alternative to wool.
The production of one kg of WEGANOOL saves 27.000 liters of water compared to producing 1 kg of cotton.
In fact, the calotropis and the cotton plants used for the production of WEGANOOL they are irrigated naturally (rain) and not artificially by man. This allows for a considerable water saving.
The water used for processing the fibers is recycled and reused during dyeing.
Subsequently, every drop of water used in the production of the fabric WEGANOOL and in the dye it is redirected to the ARKA project.
ark is a concentrated residue of calotropis, mixed with various Ayurvedic plants. This herbal extract repels parasites, increases plant growth and immunity, helps farmers save money, and replaces synthetic and polluting pesticides.
It does not use pesticides
The crops of calotropis and organic cotton plants used to make the fabric WEGANOOL they do not include the use of pesticides, or other substances harmful to the environment.
This is certainly one of the best things about it the sustainability of WEGANOOL.
The manufacturing company FABORG has a non-negotiable policy with the fashion brands that choose to purchase its fabric: keep it 100% pure until the final consumer.
In this way, if the brands want to work the fabric, dye it, or apply graphic prints, they will have to contractually use natural chemicals. 100% biodegradable.
It is dyed with natural dyes
WEGANOOL is dyed with natural dyes extracts from high quality plants, flowers, roots, seeds and minerals.
The Calotropis plant
As India is the hub of cotton production, it promises to be the perfect environment for the cultivation of Calotropis, which is already referred to as "India's green gold."
This crop will play a key role in the future of Indian agriculture, not just to increase production of WEGANOOL but also by bringing immense value to the land, society and the ecosystem.
Thanks to the cultivation of this plant it is in fact possible to revive ecosystems and stop simply "exploiting" nature.
So let's see some advantages:
Regenerate arid lands
The integration of calotropis can speed up the process reforestation.
This perennial herb grows year after year without plowing, planting or watering. It blooms without human intervention on arid lands where no other plants can grow.
In practice, it does not depend on any natural resource, except sunlight.
After harvesting the stems the sprouts will double over the next 6 months, adding essential nutrients, purifying and regenerating the soil, preparing the land to host a forest.
Another great function of this plant is to anchor the soil to prevent erosion.
In deserted areas, especially in summer, the calotropis provides food for many insects and shelter for lizards and other vertebrates: it starts the food chain and attracts more fauna.
In addition, the dried leaves of calotropis are used as fodder for livestock in deserted areas.
The most dangerous and prevalent greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide.
The multi-crop calotropis in arid regions captures about 7 tons of carbon per acre in one year. By providing extra shade and decreasing carbon dioxide levels, calotropis helps cool the earth.
It has a positive social impact
Il Calotropis can help develop prosperity projects for vulnerable farming communities. This crop has a higher plan for the evolution of these communities:
To start, farmers can harvest the fibers of the pod in nature (without having an agricultural field) to then store the seeds for sowing and create their own agricultural field.
The efforts for the collection will be rewarded by the sale of fibers to the FABORG company, which will take care of transforming them into WEGANOOL.
Think that 40% of agricultural land in Tamil Nadu (an Indian state) is sown only once a year due to water scarcity. For the other 9 months, many farmers earn their living in the cities by doing heavy work.
Growing calotropis is easy - it will continue to grow bigger and stronger even after being cut. Farmers will thus have a constant income throughout the year.
The construction and maintenance of a fence it is essential to keep grazing animals away that could feed on the calotropis, but it is an expensive expense.
Fortunately, Calotropis tastes bitter and can create a perfect natural barrier to keep crops safe from animals.
Another huge one advantage of the cultivation of Calotropis and the localized production.
The processing of this plant is time-sensitive due to a milky sap that tends to disintegrate the fibers. The extraction of the fiber must therefore take place locally.
This stimulates the rural economy by creating jobs in the arid parts of the country, where jobs are never guaranteed.
How to wash WEGANOOL?
To maintain the longevity of the fabrics WEGANOOL™, which are naturally dyed sustainably and therefore quite delicate, follow the manufacturer's instructions:
- For best results, wash your clothes by hand;
- For washing in the washing machine, use a gentle cycle at room temperature;
- Wash the colors separately, especially for the first wash;
- Do not bleach;
- Wash clothes inside out;
- Avoid using the dryer;
- You can iron your clothes with a hot iron;
- Natural colors are sensitive to light. Let them dry in the shade;
- Use detergents of natural origin:
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