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ORGANIC, BIODEGRADABLE, ECO YARNS
Naturally Dyed, Wild, Partially Organic


What makes yarn organic? To qualify as organic, a plant or animal fiber must meet a number of criteria:
• Fiber-producing plants must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
• Wool-producing animals must graze only in organic pastures and be given non-genetically modified feeds.
• The animal must not receive routine antibiotics, wormers or other medications.
• No bleach or other chemicals may be used to wash or scour the fibers, and they may not be treated with mothproofing or flame-retardant finishes.
• The yarn must be spun using organic spinning oils, not petroleum-based oils.
• Organic fibers must be handled separately to avoid contamination.
- Reference: Fiber Council of the Trade Association, www.ota.com.
Biodegradable (eco) yarns are usually made of natural fibers derived from sustainable crops grown and processed using a minimum of pesticides, herbicides, or are made from recycled materials or waste products such as Soybean yarn, which is made from the waste products of the soy bean food industry. Eco fibers: bamboo, hemp, soy, lyocell. Merino wool is now considered biodegradable - it takes nine months for a merino garments to biodegrade.


ORGANIC COTTON accounts for less than approx 1/3rd of one percent of worldwide production. Most of it originating in Peru, Turkey, and Uganda. In United Sates, only approx 1/10th of one percent is grown organically, which is "round out to zero" according to a spokesman for the National Cotton Council. Get more information »
BAMBOO: The bamboo is grown in accordance with the international organic standard of OCIA/IFOAM and the USDA National Organic Program, so as to ensure each bamboo stalk is of 100% natural growth and without any chemical pesticides.
MERINO WOOL: Researchers have found that nine months is all it takes for merino garments to biodegrade. The New Zealand Merino Company commissions trials comparing the biodegradation behaviour of merino and synthetic fabrics. Whole garments and fabric samples, including an Icebreaker merino base layer, were buried in soil and excavated at various intervals to assess the rate of biodegradation. The results came out strongly in favour of merino fabrics, which lost around 36% of their mass after only two months burial in soil and up to 99% after nine months. In comparison, the polyester knit fabrics did not degrade at all during the course of the nine-month trial period. - source: cutandshow.com
LINEN: Flax plants are naturally resistant to pests and practically no pesticides and herbicides are necessary to grow these eco-friendly stem fiber plants. They also produce large amounts of usable fiber per acre and, at the same time, do not require irrigation.
SILK: Silkworms are chemically sensitive and can live and feed only on chemical-free mulberry trees. If silkworms ate leaves from the mulberries, which have been treated with agricultural chemicals, they die. Find more »
 
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Linea Pura Magazine

Linea Pura Magazines » are collections of ecologically correct fashion. Natural fibers without harmful pollutants keep people and environment in harmony and protect our skin's natural function against heat, cold, dryness and dampness. The noticeably enjoyable quality of organic cotton, soya, corn and bamboo turns knitwear into precious fashion companions.

 

ARTISANAL, Handspun »
UNDYED, Eco Yarns »
Natural Cellulose, Artificial Silk »
Ecological Alpaca »
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100% Organic, Wild

100% Bamboo
  NATURAL
BAMBOO DK by Lotus
FIBRE: 100% Organic Bamboo Viscose
YARN WEIGHT: Double Knit
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 22 sts / 28 rows
NEEDLES: 4 mm (US No. 6)
LENGTH: 276 m / 284 yards
HANK WEIGHT: 100g
* hand wash | made in China

Cloud Cotton
  NATURAL
CLOUD COTTON by Estelle
FIBRE: 100% Organic Pima Cotton
YARN WEIGHT: Aran
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 18 sts / 24 rows
NEEDLES: 4.5 - 5 mm (US No.7-8)
LENGTH: approx. 150 m / 165 yds
BALL WEIGHT: 100g
* hand wash | made in Peru

Grignasco Jguazu
  NATURAL
JGUAZÚ by Grignasco
FIBRE: 40% Linen, 40% Bamboo, 20% Silk
YARN WEIGHT: Double Knit
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 18 sts / 24 rows
NEEDLES: 3.5-4 mm (US No. 5-6)
LENGTH: 160 m / 175 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50 g
* hand wash | made in Italy

Louisa Harding Mulberry
  NATURAL
MULBERRY by Louisa Harding
FIBRE: 100% Mulberry Silk
YARN WEIGHT: Double Knit
TENSION: 22 sts / 30 rows
NEEDLES: 4 mm (US No.6)
LENGTH: approx. 124 m / 136 yds
HANK WEIGHT: 50g
* hand wash | made in Italy

Diamond MAHARASHTRA SILK [100% Mulberry Silk]
  NATURAL
MAHARASHTRA SILK by KFI
FIBRE: 100% Spun Silk
YARN WEIGHT: Lace
TENSION: n/a
NEEDLES: n/a
LENGTH: approx. 731 m/ 800 yards
HANK WEIGHT: 100g
* hand wash | made in India

Natural Linen [100% Raw Linen]
  NATURAL
NATURAL LINEN by Lotus
FIBRE: 100% Raw Linen
YARN WEIGHT: Sport
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 28 sts / 32 rows
NEEDLES: 3.5 - 4 mm (US No. 5-6)
LENGTH: approx. 260 m / 284 yds
HANK WEIGHT: 100g
* hand wash | made in China

Lang Seta
  NATURAL
SETA by Lang
FIBRE: 100% Mulberry Silk
YARN WEIGHT: Double Knit
TENSION: 25 sts / 36 rows
NEEDLES: 3.5 - 4 mm (US No.5-6)
LENGTH: approx. 120 m / 132 yds
HANK WEIGHT: 50g
* machine wash | made in Italy


100% Biodegradable

Malabrigo Aquarella
  NATURAL
AQUARELLA by Malabrigo
FIBRE: 100% Hand Dyed Pure Merino Wool
YARN WEIGHT: Super Chunky
TENSION: 1" = 2.25 sts
NEEDLES: 7 - 9 mm (US No. 10-13)
LENGTH: approx. 60 m / 65 yards
HANK WEIGHT: 100 g
* hand wash | made in Uruguay

Lana Grossa Cool Wool, 100% Merino extra fine
  NATURAL
COOL WOOL MERINO 2000 by Lana Grossa
FIBRE: 100% Virgin Merino extra fine
YARN WEIGHT: Double Knit
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 24 sts / 34 rows
NEEDLES: 3.5 - 4 mm (US No.5-6)
LENGTH: approx. 160 m / 178 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50g
* hand or machine wash | made in Italy

Malabrigo Merino Worsted
  NATURAL
MERINO WORSTED by Malabrigo
FIBRE: 100% Kettle Dyed Pure Merino Wool
YARN WEIGHT: Heavy Worsted / Aran
TENSION: 1" = 4.5 sts
NEEDLES: 4.5 - 5 mm (US No.7-8)
LENGTH: approx. 201 m / 210 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 100g
* hand wash | made in Uruguay

Araucania Ruca Multi
  NATURAL
RUCA MULTI by Araucania
FIBRE: 100% Sugarcane Viscose
YARN WEIGHT: Light Worsted
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 22 sts / 28 rows
NEEDLES: 3.75 - 4 (US No. 4-5)
LENGTH: approx. 241 m / 263 yards
HANK WEIGHT: 100 g
* hand wash | made in Chile

Soy Silk Ribbon
  NATURAL
SOY TAPE by Lotus
FIBRE: 100% Soy Silk Undyed
YARN WEIGHT: Aran
TENSION: 10x10cm (4"): 20 sts / 28 rows
NEEDLES: 4.25 - 5 mm (US No. 6-8)
LENGTH: approx. 172 m / 186 yards
HANK WEIGHT: 100 g
* hand wash | made in China


Partially Organic, Eco

Estelle Cadenza
  NATURAL
CADENZA Paint by Estelle
FIBRE: 20% Tussah (Wild) Silk, 80% Merino
YARN WEIGHT: Sport
TENSION: 10x10 (4"): 30 sts / 36 rows
NEEDLES: 2.5 - 3.5 mm (US No.0-1)
LENGTH: approx. 350 m / 409 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 100g
* machine wash | made in Peru

Cascade Pima Tencel
  NATURAL
PIMA TENCEL by Cascade
FIBRE: 50% Tencel, 50% Pima Cotton
YARN WEIGHT: Worsted
TENSION: 1" = 5 sts
NEEDLES: 4 - 4.5 mm (US No. 7-8)
LENGTH: 99 m / 109 yards
BALL WEIGHT: 50 g
* hand wash | made in Peru

 

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