Becoming Second Nature


New eco-fabrics are constantly being developed all over the world.

One day, what we think is so forward now (organic cotton, bamboo and tencel) will be as normal to us as breakfast cereal.

Like Optimer Brand’s 2008 launch of Dri-release E.C.O. [Environmentally Correct Origins] which uses recycled polyester and organic cotton.
According to a recent Ecotextile News press release, “New Dri-release E.C.O. 2nd Nature will combine post-consumer recycled polyester with post-industrial recycled cotton made from garment manufacturing clip waste, yielding a product made from 100% recycled materials.”

To produce the new fabric, Optimer has teamed up with Ferre-Hickory, LLC, a joint venture between Hilaturas Ferre of Spain and North Carolina Hickory Throwing Company. The Ferre-Hickory duo will produce the yarn, incorporating 2nd Nature 100% recycled cotton which is said to significantly reduce the amount of waste in landfills, as well as the water, pesticides, dyes and electricity used to produce and process cotton. Of course, it’s all free of harmful chemicals.

As I said the other day to an eco-fashion friend, “Not buying eco-clothing is similar to me eating a plate full of high fructose corn syrup. Why would I even consider it at this point?”

Amy DuFault

Amy DuFault is a conscious lifestyle writer, consultant and fashion instigator. She resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.