About our eco-friendly fabrics
At Between Me and You Bridal, we’ve always loved making elegant wedding gowns but hated the tons of fabric waste and pollution associated with a dress that’s worn only once. Torn to justify our own role in an industry that is continuously adding more waste and plastic to the environment, it came down to a simple choice: Accept it, leave it, or change it.
We decided to go back to square one and change it.
Instead of polyester and synthetics fabrics we began to only use natural and recycled materials for our Between Me and You Bridal gowns. Inspired by the originality of how wedding dresses were made 100 years ago, we re-discovered the natural beauty of linen, cotton and traditional, handmade lace.
Since then, we have sourced certified organic cotton lace from Germany, natural materials such as hemp, tencel, silk and linen blends from Australia and New Zealand, and recycled materials produced from PET bottles in Asia. For our sewing machines, we use organic cotton thread. Our wedding gowns are closed by 100% recycled zippers made from post-consumer polyester materials.
Sustainability beyond the wedding gown
Of course, sustainability does not only concern the finished wedding gown, each one of which is handmade-to-order on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia. At Between Me and You Bridal, we’re proud to choose environmentally friendly solutions for every step along the way. Caring deeply about the fabrics we are working with every day, we put great emphasis on finding the right fabric suppliers to work with. Also our own packaging as well as our tags remain plastic-free. Our cardboard mailer boxes are made of recyclable materials, and our shipping bags are biodegradable and will decompose within 12 months.
About our materials
At Between Me and You Bridal, we use Eco-friendly and Earth-conscious materials — for a happy bride and a better future, one wedding gown at a time.
Organic cotton lace
Soft, light, and breathable, organic cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials to lessen the impact on our environment. Grown without the use of pesticides and from seeds that have not been genetically modified. Organic cotton uses far less water and is a great eco-friendly fabric, that is sustainable renewable and biodegradable.
At Between Me and You Bridal, we are proud to have sourced organic cotton lace from a German supplier who continues their over 120-year-long tradition of lace making.
Hemp is one of the fastest growing plants that can be cultivated in as little as 100 days. It needs no pesticides and only very little water to grow which makes it one of the most sustainable fabrics in the world. It is strong, durable, hypoallergenic, non-irritating. Hemp fibre is more environmentally sound then synthetics, and is 100% biodegradable.
Tencel (also known as Lyocell) is a sustainable fabric made from eucalyptus fibre. Soft, absorbent, and resistant to wrinkles, Tencel shares many properties with other fibres such as cotton, linen, viscose as well as bamboo fabrics. Still, the production of Tencel requires less energy and water than cotton. A natural fibre, it is biodegradable which makes it a great alternative to synthetic textiles.
Silk is produced completely naturally from the fibres used by silk worms when they spin themselves cocoons to become moths. Not only does silk add an elegant touch to clothing, it has antibacterial properties, completely biodegradable and is a renewable material with low environmental impact compared to synthetic fabrics.
Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly fabrics. It has a high growth rate, can grow in diverse climates. minimises Co2, and generates up to 35% more oxygen and is water efficient compared to other trees. Bamboo is antibacterial, hypoallergenic and just like other cellulose plant fibre materials, it is biodegradable, making it one of the most versatile and eco-friendly fabrics.
Linen is made from the fibres of the versatile flax plant (also known as common flax or linseed) that grows even on poor soil and uses far less water than cotton. Smooth yet strong and absorbent, linen textiles are not only some of the oldest in the world but also some of the most biodegradable fabrics used in clothing.
Recycled Polyester - rPET
With nearly half of the world’s clothing been made out of polyester, recycled polyester is a positive alternative. Recycled polyester, also know as rPET is made from recycled materials including post-consumer plastic bottles and plastic, that would otherwise end up in landfill or the ocean. The plastic material is melted down and re-spun into new polyester fibre. rPET is just as good as virgin polyester, but takes less resources to make - Recycled polyester is almost the same as virgin polyester in terms of quality, but its production requires 59 percent less energy compared to virgin polyester. Recycling of PET lowers the greenhouse emissions as raw materials are conserved.
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