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Natural Fibres - Linen Riviera Vest and Fawkes trousers

Why we love Natural Fibres...

Our material selection focusses on choosing the right fabrics to create the best product we can; product that lasts, is fit for purpose and has the least environmental impact possible.

Natural fibres are the perfect material to use for next-to-skin products. They are incredibly versatile, providing softness and strength as well as being good insulators, breathable and sweat wicking. They're also completely renewable, so the fibre can be replenished again and again.

In 2017, we made a commitment to reduce our reliance on conventional cotton and increase our use of alternative natural fibres, which require reduced water and pesticides to grow. In 2017 only 42% of our cotton range was organic, so we set ourselves the goal that by 2020 our entire cotton collection would be organic. But we're always striving for better, and we have now increased the use of natural fibres across our product range; widening our use of wool, linen, hemp and also kapok.

Natural Fibre use in the Finisterre range 2017 - 2020

Flax plants after harvest ready to make Linen

Linen: The original fibre

Linen is the natural fibre derived from the flax plant. It is thought to be one of the oldest textile fibres in the world, most notably used by the ancient Egyptians. Linen fabrics are durable, long-lasting and soften over time, ageing with you. It’s an incredibly comfortable fibre to wear next to your skin, with a cool, smooth touch and, like wool, linen regulates temperature, so it’s cool and breathable in summer and insulating in winter.

It has a host of sustainable benefits too; the cultivation of flax requires no fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides and no irrigation (only rainwater) to grow. Plus, flax encourages biodiversity where it’s grown and is waste-free, as all parts of the plant can be used for textiles, food, paper and bio-oils.

Cain Dress Cain Dress
Cain Dress

Workwear has always resonated with us; fit for purpose and built to stand the test of time. Our Cain Dress references traditional workwear a

Barite Shirt Barite Shirt
Barite Shirt

The Barite Shirt takes a favourite from our winter range and gives it a fresh update to create the perfect summer shirt. Made from a cool an

 

Hemp: A fibre for the future

Like linen, hemp has been cultivated for thousands of years - one of the oldest relics of human activity is a piece of hemp fabric dating back to approximately 8,000 BC. It’s highly absorbent and can be blended with other natural fibres like cotton to create a soft but far more durable fabric.

In fact, hemp is six times stronger than cotton and far less intensive to cultivate. It is one of the highest yielding crops on the planet, but actually requires very little water and no chemical fertilisers or pesticides to grow. It even blocks weeds from growing, making it a great option for farmers to improve soil quality, and different parts of the plant can be used to make tens of thousands of products – not just textiles.

Hemp plants growing in a field

Front of mens light brown organic cotton and hemp trousers by Finisterre Front of mens light brown organic cotton and hemp trousers by Finisterre
Eaton Trouser

Built for the warmer months ahead the Eaton Trousers have a relaxed feel with their stylish tapered fit and drawcord waist. We've blended he

Vine Tee Vine Tee
Vine Tee

Cut in our classic tee fit, the Vine is made from our new hemp / organic cotton blend fabric, giving it a softer texture with strong environ

Patterson Sweat Patterson Sweat
Patterson Sweat

We've taken the shape of our best-selling Pensilva Sweat and given it a seasonal update with some bright spring colourways. We've made the P

 

Kapok fibres bursting from their seed pods on a Cieba pentandra tree

Kapok: The world’s most sustainable fibre

Kapok fibres come from the seed pods of the Ceiba Pentandra, a tropical tree sustainably harvested in the rainforests of Asia. Incredibly light, soft, and buoyant, the material has many of the same properties of down and is sometimes referred to as silk cotton due to its fineness. It requires very little water or pesticides to grow and virtually no processing for fibre production - it's widely considered to be the most sustainable fibre on the market.

The only downside to the fibre is (ironically) its softness, which mean it is almost impossible to create a pure Kapok yarn. Blended with other fabrics though, it comes into its own, adding incredible softness to the material whilst cutting down considerably on water consumption. For example, if 1kg of cotton can produce 4 t-shirts, a 70:30 cotton/kapok blend will do the same, and save you 3000 litres of water.

 

Ludley Shirt Ludley Shirt
Ludley Shirt

The Ludley takes our classic approach to shirt construction and pairs it with a new natural fibre blend of organic cotton and kapok - a bril

Front of mens grey, organic cotton/kapok shirt by Finisterre Front of mens grey, organic cotton/kapok shirt by Finisterre
Ludley Shirt

The Ludley takes our classic approach to shirt construction and pairs it with a new natural fibre blend of organic cotton and kapok - a bril

 

 

Bamboo: A technical fibre from trees

Bamboo has a host of natural properties that make it a fantastic fibre for clothing. Breathable, temperature regulating, antibacterial, moisture wicking, hypoallergenic – we could go on but we’d be here a while. Add to this its super soft texture and incredible comfort next to the skin and you’ll see why we love it.

It’s also one of the most renewable fibres on the planet. Fast growing, it requires very little water and no pesticides, removing as much CO2 from the atmosphere during growth as is created when it’s harvested.

Bamboo growing

 

Organic cotton growing in a field

More Natural Fibres...

Wool and organic cotton have been firm favourites at Finisterre for many years, making up a large part of our range. For more information on wool or organic cotton, visit their fabric pages here. 

Good With Wool   |   Organic Cotton