Cutting the Cake likes it Sustainable.
We are two women running our lives and families. We care for the environment and try to maintain a healthy way of living. We choose to make less waste, eat better food and get enough movement, this and caring for a better world is what drives us to create a sustainable product. We strive to have our ingredients, our fabrics and materials, as environmentally friendly as our product allows us to be. The materials that we tested like Tencel, Rayon, Modal, Hemp, Peace Silk and many more sometimes weren't available for printing or they just simply didn't pass our standards what we wanted for our Magic Scarves.
We chose this special kind of silk (habutai 8) because it is very durable, very strong, anti bacterial, super soft, holds beautifully and gave a flabbergasting result of our print work. We do want to evolve in the future and never stop innovating!
What we already did for our current collection: We let our supplier make special buttons without Nickel, we use quality marks as Oeko-Tex & GOTS for our fabrics. We use natural fabrics, we have a minimal waste policy which you will also receive in our packaging (no plastics or unnecessary wrappings) and the format of our scarfs are exact the sizes that fit in the printer so minimal waste!
We think there is to much waste. To much everywhere, really when is this going to stop? Why do we have to use packaging that we all throw away?
But then again I think we all have to start somewhere and this is our story, this is what we are thinking about and this is what we want to create.
While we were designing our scarves we wanted them to be the exact size the cloths were made of. So our scarves are 68cm wide and 183cm long, this is the best size because now we can print exactly 2 scarves next to each other. We cut the fabric ourselves, so this makes it possible for our supplier to print with such small margin. The scarves are Oeko-tex, which means there won't be any chemicals used for our fabrics, which is good because silk is one of the most softest fabrics there is and it would be a shame if we spoiled it with a lot of crap..... ;-)
The packaging sent to us is one sheet of plastic for 104 scarves and when we send it to you, you will get your scarf in baking paper.
What baking paper? Yes, so you can reuse it to bake a cake. We even got you a nice recipe for a lovely cheese cake (without sugar) because we don't want you to feel sick afterwards ;-).
So let's start sharing a cake...
Did you know that silk is very durable, super strong and warm in the winter, yet cold and refreshing in the summer?
Here some more facts about silk and why we chose this fabric to make our super soft durable magic scarves ;-)
1) A silk thread is stronger than a metal thread in the same thickness
2) Silk is much lower in density compared to cotton, wool or nylon. It is, therefore, highly moisture absorbent, able to absorb as much as a third of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp
3) It is anti bacterial and anti allergic
4) silk is relatively robust and its smooth surface resists soil and odors well
5) When you sleep on a silk pillow, you will get less lines and your hair will glow and be more healthy
6) We use printed technique with non toxic paint and because of the digital print no inkt is unused and has less polution.
Also we make a product you can use for a very long time and that is durable.
We only use !00% Habutai Silk for our scarves
Habutai is a Japanese word meaning “soft as down.” Habutai is a plain weave of silk, originally hand woven of single warp yarns and filling yarns of hand-reeled silk, which made it slightly irregular. Habutai usually has a natural, ecru color, and is known to wrinkle less than other fabrics. Both Habutai and China silk are soft, lightweight and lustrous. Very closely related, both have a soft graceful drape, and a smooth surface. This silk is the "hand" or touch that many people identify as silk. Habutai is natural in color, sheer and ivory, and China silk is smoother and usually dyed. Sews relatively easily, and doesn't show pins marks. It is best for lingerie, dresses, blouses, and light jackets.
(different sources from internet)
Where do my jeans come from, how much water is used to produce this nice jacket?
There is no easy way to say it, but sustainable is one of the hardest things to do and to make, you have to question everything and then just come up with some better ideas....
While we were discussing all the methods used to make clothing, the only real sustainable way is buying used clothes, but we still have an urge to make something really cool and thought of some ways which are less waisting the environment. And it's not only the way something is produced, but it's also what you do with it and how long you keep it, for example if you buy an eco trousers, made of bio cotton, there is more land needed to make the cotton (so there are no pesticides they use and maybe the people get good wages) but what happens if the land they need for the bio cotton is so much more they had to cut some forest for it? Is it still eco then?
And even worse you don't really like the pants and decide to throw it in the rubbish bin.
Well anyway that's my point, it's not so black & white and while we were sorting all these things out we made some decisions. We think the most sustainable way is when you can wear something for multiple years, no season shit or fashion of this year, no just beautiful clothes for a longer stay. That's how we came up with the scarves and I will tell you more about it in this blog, that is if I'm not boring you already.....