Lyocell is produced by using cellulose from fast-growing trees; for example Eucalyptus. The fibre is created by using a bio-degradable chemical made in a closed-loop process – meaning that 99% of the chemical solution can be recycled and re-used.
House of Dagmar uses animal friendly fur, produced with minimal harm and damage to animals and the environment. The production of the friendly fur fabric is achieved by shaving the fur of an animal and then weaving it into a cotton mixed base.
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To ensure that the ethical guidelines for our materials are followed, we work exclusively with farms that have been certified as mulesing-free. Mulesing involves the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breach of a sheep, in order to prevent flystrike: a horrifying and cruel act against animals that we will never stand for.
By using recycled bottles and the eco-technology RePet, a high-quality polyester fiber was created to reduce harmful impaction on the environment. We now use it when designing our sustainable pieces.
Modal is a man-made, semi-synthetic fibre and a type of rayon. The fabric is strong and retains its shape particularly well without shrinking. In many ways, it bears a resemblance to cotton with its soft texture. Modal is carbon-neutral and has a water consumption level that is ten to twenty times less than that of conventional cotton, therefore Modal can be seen as an eco-friendly choice.
Cashmere is roughly 100 times more damaging to the environment than wool. At House of Dagmar, we are continuously looking for new ways to reduce our environmental impact, and as a result, we have chosen to work with regenerated cashmere, made from post-factory waste in Italy. The fibers have been manually selected to create a luxury yarn, resulting in both environmental protection and water conservation.
Llama Fiber is a soft, warm, light and long-lasting material made from the hair of the llama animal. It is durable, naturally hypoallergenic and has a hollow fiber, providing thermal insulation as well as having a very low flammability. In addition to this, it is water-resistant, does not easily stretch and most importantly, is harvested with minimal damage to the llama as well as the environment.
The collection of bags is produced by Swedish-based Tärnsjö Tannery through a vegetable tanning process where local hide materials are used. Worldwide, only five percent of the remaining tanning houses still employ this art of vegetable tanning. The Tärnsjö Tannery has been a family business for 150 years, tanning leather of the highest standard, just a couple of hours outside Stockholm. Their process of tanning is always vegetable-based, which not only makes it ecological but produces the best quality with a more vivid finish of the leather.
The leather we use is chrome-free. The production of chrome-free leather uses a natural tanning method, where tannins from bark, leaves and branches are used. Being an entirely organic material, vegetable tanned leather will change over time, it will grow softer and darker and acquire a patina depending on its use. A chrome-free leather product is biodegradable and recyclable.
The denim fabric used in jeans from House of Dagmar is made from organic, GOTS-certified cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard) Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Water consumption is also less in order to keep a low impact on the environment.
Moreover do the organic production systems help to replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture never using genetically engineered or modified cotton seeds. The fabric makes both your conscience and clothes feel good
By measuring our footprint and analyzing the results, we have learnt that normal viscose is not a suitable fabric to use because of its harmful processing method, where too much chemicals and water is used. The chemicals and polluted water end up in the nature, which is harming the eco-system. We have therefore decided to only use an FSC-certified viscose. By choosing this, we reduce the environmental impact from this material. The cellulose used to generate the certified viscose comes from sustainably sourced wood, and the fiber is then spun in a special closed loop system, meaning that no harmful chemical is released.
We are using recycled wool from GRS-certified yarn mills. The GRS-certificate (Global Recycle Standard) proves that the stated content of recycled materials is genuine and also ensures that the supplier is fulfilling other important environmental and social criteria. When making the actual recycled fiber, used garments and rags are collected, then sorted by color and shredded into fibers for spinning. Re-using these already produced wool garments contributes to a reduction of chemicals, dyeing agents and water consumption.