Did you know it takes far less water to produce Eucalyptus Fiber vs. Cotton and Linen?
According to the post “Fabric Faceoff: Tencel vs. Organic Cotton” by GreenStory, Tencel production requires less water than cotton. The article explains that while “organic cotton uses 85% less water than conventional cotton,” Tencel still uses less than organic cotton. GreenStory notes that the “closed-loop production system” used in manufacturing Tencel fibers “captures and reuses 99.5% of water and solvents.” This makes Tencel much more sustainable than cotton.
LESS LAND USE
Not only does Tencel use less water than cotton and linen during production, it also uses less land. “Material Deep Dive: Tencel” from Design for Longevity notes that the Eucalyptus trees from which Tencel is made use less land than field crops like flax or cotton. The article explains that because “eucalyptus trees grow quickly in dense stands on low-grade land,” they require “significantly less land intensity than cotton.”
TENCEL Lyocell and Modal fibers are produced from wood pulp from sustainably managed sources. They have earned United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Biopreferred® designation.
TENCEL Modal fibers are certified with the internationally recognised EU Ecolabel, an environmental quality label only awarded to products and services which have a significantly lower environmental impact throughout their lifecycle.
Derived from nature, all standard TENCEL Lyocell and Modal fiber types have been certified by the Belgian certification company Vinçotte as biodegradable and compostable under industrial, home, soil and marine conditions, thus they can fully revert back to nature
Certified TENCEL feels so right, naturally. TENCEL branded lyocell and modal fibers are produced by environmentally responsible processes from sustainably sourced raw material wood.
Not all Lyocell and eucalyptus fiber is TENCEL Eucalyptus Fiber. Olive + Crate is!
Sleeping rough is no joke. Whilst our 100% eucalyptus bedding is fully composable, we don't want to see returns end up in landfill. We cannot and do not resell opened product returns. So instead of disposing of unsellable products, from 2021, all Olive + Crate returned and unsellable bedding will be donated to local shelters in the Cincinnati, OH region!
OUR MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Olive + Crate bedding products are designed in Melbourne, Australia, one of the most wild fire prone areas in the world. We understand eucalyptus and it's amazing qualities, but it is the natural oils in eucalyptus leaves that make it burn so well too.
In 2020, the whole of the east coast of Australia was on fire, ranging from the state of Queensland in the north, through New South Wales and into Victoria in the south. These little guys are under enormous pressure from wild fires and increased urbanisation, taking their natural habitat.
Our mission at Olive + Crate is to make a difference to the local environment and the environment of our friends in the US.
Plastic: We are in the process of removing all plastic from our packaging. Plastic is a danger to wildlife, pollutes our land and is made from harmful petrochemicals
Carbon Off-sets: Emissions from shipping and transport make up a large percentage of global emissions. At Olive + Crate we are already off-setting all our international shipping carbon produced and in 2021 we plan to offset the carbon produced with customer deliveries
Donations: As mentioned above, in 2021 all our bedding products that are returned and unsellable will be donated to home and dog shelters in the Cincinnati, OH area.
Vacuum Seal Alternatives: Our Comforters come in big boxes, because our filling fiber is so plush and luxurious. This means it only takes 2,000 comforters to fill a 40 foot shipping container. This is not efficient. In 2021 we will be investigating ways to vacuum seal the comforters into smaller boxes, without compromising on quality