MATERIAL SOURCING, BUYING REMNANTS AND
OTHER FABIC CONSCIOUSLY & SUSTAINABLY
The benefits of using remnant materials
Stargazer sources materials from Australian remnant suppliers. Using remnant materials reduces fabric waste & re-purposes material that is discarded from designer labels.
Textile mills and garment factories typically have vast amounts of left over fabric, known as remnant or 'deadstock' fabric. These are rolls of fabric that are left after a garment production run, fabric that was dyed the wrong colour, or surplus fabric that is unsold by the textile mills and left in storage. Often these fabrics are in smaller amounts so they are not bought or used by larger garment companies. This is why using remnants is a perfect solution for a small, ethical clothing label, for keeping production as sustainable as possible.
How we reduce our waste from off-cuts
All of our scrunchies and hair accessories are made from off-cuts of your favourite pieces,
which reduces our overall fabric waste.
NEW TO OUR FABRIC RANGE:
We are now proudly introducing Hemp and Hemp + Organic cotton to our range of materials used for our pieces.
SOME KNOWLEDGE FROM OUR SUPPLIER ON THEIR HEMP MATERIALS:
What makes Hemp sustainable?
Hemp is among the earth’s primary renewable resources.
Hemp is an excellent rotation crop: it crowds out weeds and its deep tap roots break up hard soils. It enriches soil and prevents erosions. One acre of hemp can produce as much usable fibre as 4 acres of trees or 2 acres of cotton.
Hemp fabric requires fewer chemicals than cotton and is stronger and longer lasting. Hemp requires less water than cotton and grows in a wide variety of climates. Hemp also doesn't require the huge amounts of herbicides and pesticides and fertilisers that cotton does.
How is the Hemp processed?
The hemp 'bark' is peeled by machine and will be made into fibre in the factory using a biological Enzyme method. The Enzyme is a kind of pectase which can remove lignin and pectin substances naturally. At the same time the raw fibre will be beaten consistently by machine to make the fibre softer. Later the raw fibre will be put into a cistern at high temperature to remove further pectin. At this time the fibre is soft enough to make to blended yarn and pure hemp yarn. From the hemp plant to yarn there are no chemicals are involved in the process.