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Holzweiler Material Guide

We want you to have all the information you need on an individual material's origins, environmental impact and durability

Material guide

COTTON / ORGANIC COTTON / RECYCLED COTTON

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Cotton is a strong, comfortable, absorbent, and durable fibre that we use a lot in our collections.

 

Organic cotton is grown using methods that have a lower impact on the environment, uses non-genetically modified plants, and does not use harmful chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides.

 

Our organic cotton is mainly from the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which also ensures the workers rights are protected throughout the supply chain.

 

Recycled cotton prevents additional textile waste and requires fewer resources than conventional or organic cotton. Cotton can be recycled using old garments,  textile leftovers or cotton scrap from production. Recycled cotton is usually blended with other fibers to ensure quality.

 

There are different types of cotton, and they should be cared for in different ways. Always follow the instructions on the care label.

Cotton Fleece is a comfortable, stretchy, and absorbent knitted fabric. It is versatile and has one smooth side and one brushed side, giving a soft, napped finish. We use cotton fleece in most of our hoodies and sweats.

How to care for Cotton Fleece:

Wash in cold water, whether using a washing machine or washing by hand. Always air dry. Can be ironed at medium heat. Read more

Jersey is a knitted fabric with a smooth surface on both the front and back, and is favored for its flexibility and hand feel. It is lightweight, comfortable, and stretchy.

We use Jersey that is woven from cotton in our t-shirts and long-sleeved tops.

How to care for Jersey:

Jersey is a delicate fabric. Wash at 30 degrees using the “delicate” setting on your washing machine. Turn the garment inside-out before washing, wash with similar colors and lay flat to dry. Do not leave items wet in the machine. Avoid detergents that have large amounts of bleach or other chemical additives, and do not use fabric softeners. Read more

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WOOL

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There are different types of wool, and they should be cared for in different ways. Always follow instructions on the care label.

 

One thing is common for all wool types: Only wash wool when necessary. The self-regulating fibers don’t need to be laundered as often as other materials. Spot clean or air dry between washes. Keep wool garments nicely folded in your closet – they should not hang.

 

Pilling of wool occurs naturally with friction. Use a cashmere comb on hairy wool products, while on flat woven products, you can pick the pills by hand or use a razor blade to shave off the gathered fibers.

 

Cashmere combs are available in our shops.

Lambswool is a 100% natural, renewable and biodegradable fiber that has the ability to return to its natural shape after being bent. This gives wool garments a natural resistance to wrinkles.  One of the most breathable fibers, wool keeps you warm, is thermoregulating, absorbent, and repels dirt and stains.

Animal welfare is important to us, so we have started to implement lambswool from the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) in our collections.

How to care for Lambswool:

Lambswool should preferably be hand-washed. If you wish to machine wash your garment, turn garments inside out, choose the “wool” setting on your washing machine and use mild soap for wool (no bleach or fabric softener). Dry your wool items by laying them flat. Read more

Merino wool is super soft and feels comfortable on the skin. Our merino is mulesing-free.

How to care for Merino:

Turn garments inside out, choose the “wool” settings on your washing machine and use mild soap, no bleach or fabric softener

Dry your wool items by laying them flat.
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Cashmere is known for being one of the softest and most exclusive fibers in the world. It is strong, durable, and keeps you warm and comfortable.

How to care for Cashmere:

Cashmere should preferably be hand-washed. If you wish to machine wash your garment, turn garments inside out, choose the “wool” settings on your washing machine and use mild soap for wool, no bleach or fabric softener. Dry your wool items by laying them flat, don´t leave them wet in the machine. Read more

Alpaca yarn is warm and comfortable against the skin: it does not sting and is hypoallergenic because it has no lanolin.  Alpaca fiber is naturally water-repellent and fire-resistant. We normally mix it with other fibers.

How to care for Alpaca:

It should preferably be hand-washed. If you wish to machine wash your garment, turn garments inside out, choose the “wool” setting on your washing machine and use mild soap for wool (no bleach or fabric softener). Dry your wool items by laying them flat – don´t leave them wet in the machine. Read more

Mohair is made from the hair of the Angora goat. Mohair is notable for its high luster and sheen, and is both durable and resilient.

How to care for Mohair:

Turn garments inside out, choose the “wool” setting on your washing machine and use mild soap (no bleach or fabric softener).

Dry your wool items by laying them flat.
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Recycled wool derives from fibers that have already been made. Producing wool is resource-intensive. By using recycled wool, we can make clothing at a much lower environmental cost. We use recycled wool in many of our lambswool scarves.

How to care for Recycled wool:

It should preferably be hand-washed. If you wish to machine wash your garment, turn garments inside out, choose the “wool” setting on your washing machine and use mild soap for wool (no bleach or fabric softener). Dry your wool items by laying them flat – don´t leave them wet in the machine. Read more

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POLYESTER / RECYCLED POLYESTER / SEAQUAL YARN

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Polyester is a synthetic fabric usually derived from petroleum, which means it is not a renewable resource.

It is durable, easy to care for and can handle multiple washes and still look new.

 

Recycled polyester has a more positive impact on the climate, as it reuses fibers that have already been made and prevents them from ending up as waste. We are increasing the use of recycled materials for each season, preferably from the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).

 

SEAQUAL® YARN

This yarn is a high quality, 100% post-consumer recycled polyester yarn containing Upcycled Marine Plastic from SEAQUAL INITIATIVE.

 

How to care for Polyester fibers: 

Always follow the instructions on the care label. We recommend only air drying to prolong fabric life. Iron as needed at a low-temperature setting, or steam when drying polyester garments. Knit items should be stored and folded to prevent stretching or distorting. Woven items can be hung.

 

If the garment only needs a little refreshment, try steaming it instead of washing.

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NYLON / RECYCLED NYLON

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Nylon (also called Polyamide) is a synthetic fabric that’s usually derived from petroleum, which means it is not a renewable resource. Nylon has many of the same characteristics as polyester, but is less prone to pilling, and is a little more durable.

 

Recycled Nylon has a more positive impact on the climate, as it reuses fibers that have already been made and prevents them from ending up as waste. We are increasing the use of recycled materials for each season, preferably from the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).

 

How to care for Nylon:

Always follow instructions on the care label. We recommend only air drying to prolong fabric life. Iron as needed at a low-temperature setting, or steam when drying the garment. Knit items should be folded and stored to prevent stretching or distorting. Woven items can be hung.

If the garment only needs a little refreshment, try steaming it instead of washing.

VISCOSE / LENZING™ ECOVERO™

Viscose fabric is soft, comfortable, highly absorbent, and durable. It drapes nicely and wrinkles very little. It is a human-made fiber created from cellulose that has been chemically extracted from trees.

 

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose fibers are derived from sustainable wood and pulp, coming from certified and controlled sources: It generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic Viscose.

 

How to care for Viscose:

Handwashing is the safest washing method; add a squirt of delicate wash detergent to a washbasin or clean sink filled with cool water and agitate the water with your hands to distribute the soap. If machine washing, turn the item inside out and place it in a washing bag. Select the delicate cycle on the washing machine, and make sure the water temperature is cold and the spin is low.  For garments made with a combination of other materials, please read the care label. These types of garments may need dry cleaning. If the garment only needs a little refreshment, try steaming it instead of washing.

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SILK

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Silk is a natural fiber produced from the cocoons of the mulberry silkworm. The fabric has a shimmering appearance, has a soft feel, is comfortable, absorbent, hypoallergenic, and strong. It requires minimal chemicals, water, and energy when processed. If treated correctly, your silk garments will be long-lasting.

 

How to care for Silk:

You can machine wash silk in a gentle wash cycle, but it is best to hand wash it. Fill a basin with cool water to help keep the color, then add a gentle detergent. Place the garment in the water and let it sit for just a few minutes. Then rinse. Do not twist or squeeze silk garments. To remove water, place the wet garment on a white towel, fold the towel over it, and gently press the garment with your hands. Hang the garments to dry. Do not hang silk items in the sun, as this accelerates fading. Steaming silk is preferred to ironing.

If the garment only needs a little refreshment, try steaming it instead of washing.

LEATHER

Leather is a durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhides. It is hypoallergenic, long-lasting, resists dirt and stains, and is easy to clean with a cloth. Our collections’ leather products are made from by-products of the food industry.

 

How to care for Leather:

To clean a leather garment you can add dish soap in warm water. Then dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out, and wipe the garment. Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the cleaning solution. Do not machine wash, hand wash, or lay the garment in water at any time. Keep away from constant sun to preserve color. Once a year or so, apply a leather conditioning cream to the entire outer surface. Conditioning your garment defends it from moisture, leaves it soft and flexible, and prevents cracking and splitting.

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DOWN

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All the down we use in our collections is from the Responsible down standard, to ensure animal welfare from farm to supplier. This standard includes that the animals are not exposed to pain, injury, fear or distress. They are raised free from hunger and thirst and are not being overfed, and the feathers are not picked from living birds.