Our Fabric

Mother Nature made you Beautiful.  We use the Highest Quality Fabrics and Printing available, to ensure that you Feel Beautiful.  Envelop yourself in InVisions!

 

For our Visionary & Artwear Apparel:     

    • Fabric Content is 65% Cotton/35% Polyester : We have tested and refined this blend to create a synergistic formula that works.  We use High Quality Cotton with a blend of Polyester that creates a soft, yet durable feel.  Our T~shirts and Apparel hold their shape and last for years of enjoyment.  In addition, we use Eco-Friendly, Water based inks, never compromising our Planet’s precious resources for Great Style!

      For our Earthscapes Apparel:

        • Fabric Content is Polyester: We searched and searched for a soft, stretchy, playful, Fabric that would conform to the body, yet feel luxurious.  We are Happy to report, we found it!  Although Polyester Fabric has been given a bad rap in the past, we wanted to set the story straight with an informative Article, (Please see below)*. 
          • Glossy Flow (90% Polyester/10% Spandex)-  Soft, Silky, Flowy, Fabric with an excellent drape.  It has a very slight sheen and a lovely stretch.
            • Care Instructions: Machine Wash Cold, Hang Dry, Do Not Iron.
          • Microsuede (88% Microfibre Polyester, 12% Spandex)- This Fabric is amazingly Soft.  Really, Really Soft.  It has to be felt to be fully understood.  It has a slight nap just like regular suede, and is very easy to care for. 
            • Care Instructions: Machine Wash Cold, Hang Dry, Do Not Iron.
          • Leggings Fabric (82% Polyester, 18% Spandex)- Super stretchy, Very Breathable (including the Foil version), and extremely comfortable, like a second skin.  The Foil version is super fun and durable.  The Foil is applied to the Fabric during its creation, meaning it won't peel away like many Printed Foils.
            • Care Instructions: Machine Wash Cold, Hang Dry, Do Not Machine Dry, Do Not Iron.
          • Athletic Wicking Polyester (100% Polyester).  High performance fabric for your wearing pleasure.  Soft and smooth against the skin and very breathable.  It's wicking properties will keep you dry and cool in any environment.  We really love how well it performs.
            • Care Instructions: Machine Wash Cold, Hang Dry or Machine Dry Low, Do Not Iron.
        In addition, we use cutting edge, Sublimation Printing technology, which saves Energy and Resources,while offering a gorgeous breadth of detail and unparalleled longevity.  For these reasons it is considered one of the Highest Standards of Printing in the industry. 

          For our Leather Apparel:

            • Fabric Content is 100% Goat Leather: Our Leather Apparel is Made of High Quality, Goat Leather, creating a Buttery soft feel.  Offered in a gorgeous palette of Colors, this durable Leather Line, offers Beauty and Strength.

              For our Leather Hip Belts:

                • Fabric Content is 100% Cow Leather: Our Leather Apparel is Made of High Quality, Cow Leather, creating a soft, yet super durable feel. 

                   

                  *Polyester VS Cotton

                  “I’ve got some Good news and some Bad news. The bad news is that you’ll be hard-pressed to find a common textile that isn’t soberingly toxic to produce. It makes sense if you think about the raw materials — wood, cotton, sheep, oil — and what it might involve to transform them into a soft blouse. So what’s the good news? It’s not clear that one fabric is far better than another. The modern environmental era has introduced techniques for evaluating the life-cycle impacts of products such as textiles.

                  Such an evaluation sometimes results in clear-cut guidelines for shoppers, but in the contest for The Environmentalist’s New Clothes, I can’t find a clear winner.

                  All textiles, as currently manufactured, require large volumes of water throughout the manufacturing process. Spinning, dyeing, weaving, scouring, sizing — all involve flushing the threads or fabric with water at one point or another, and often that water comes away contaminated with chemicals used earlier in the process. Common toxic substances include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and dioxin-producing bleach. Synthetic/cotton blends are usually treated with formaldehyde.

                  Thread materials are also water-intensive and toxic-heavy. Cotton is renewable in that it can be replanted, but it is not grown sustainably. It’s said that cotton accounts for one percent of U.S. crop production but 10 percent of U.S. pesticide use. Pesticides are used not only to deter pests but also to defoliate plants for harvesting convenience. Rayon is made from cellulose (wood pulp, with its own relationship to poor forestry practices) — and talk about toxic: Turns out that sulfuric acid is handy when transforming a tree into a chemise. Fabrication of petroleum-based fabrics like nylon and polyester is energy-intensive and greenhouse-gas producing. And, sheep are often bathed in organophosphates to control parasites. Thus completes our brief look at the laundry list of lamentable dilemmas for the clothed.

                  Grown as a monocrop, cotton is responsible for 10% of global agricultural chemical use, which includes 16–22% of the world’s insecticides. Approximately 6 million pounds of chemicals are used on California cotton annually, which translates to approximately one-third of a pound per T-shirt that could be produced with that cotton.

                  But consider this: 

                  Mainstream farming methods of cotton make extensive use of agricultural chemicals to fertilize the soil, fight insects and disease, control plant growth, and strip the leaves for harvest. Pesticides and other chemicals are well-known for seeping into local waterways, and most water treatment facilities lack the equipment to remove them. The fact is that cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses at least 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop. In the U.S., nearly 1/3 of a pound of chemicals is needed to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt!  And that’s just the beginning: conversion of cotton into textiles also has huge environmental impacts.  For instance, the dye process and other production methods often result in large amounts of toxic wastewater discharge into water systems.

                  Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that your choice of cotton is still the superior “green” choice, because you’ve chosen organic cotton. It’s true that in its farming methods, organic cotton is almost certainly the better choice over conventionally grown cotton. Organic farmers use biological controls instead of chemical controls: mechanical or hand-weeding, crop rotation, introducing beneficial predator insects, and using natural fertilizers like compost or manure. However, the majority of organic cotton is grown and produced outside the US... much of it in India, Turkey, Peru, China, and Africa.

                  That means that when you buy organic cotton here in the U.S., it was likely grown on the other side of the world, shipped somewhere else to be processed, shipped to a retailer, and then to you! That’s not a small carbon footprint.

                  Now let’s consider polyester. Polyester is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that creates damaging environmental impacts during the extraction process. Huge amounts of energy are required to produce the fibers, where 70% of the total energy used for a polyester garment occurs at the production phase. Yet, polyester has a much lower energy impact in its use phase than cotton, requiring less hot water to wash, less dry time, and less ironing, where consumer washing, drying, and ironing of a cotton garment send its energy and water usage way up. 

                  And, maybe most notably, polyester is completely recyclable at the end of its life. While cotton is recyclable into new yarn and fabric (and even home insulation), the quality of the fiber is reduced, unlike polyester, whose recycled fibers are of high quality. In fact, many commonly used polyester fabrics have been developed using recycled materials such as clear plastic water bottles, or PET, as the raw material, a source of plastic that would otherwise go to the landfill. Recycled polyester fleece, a knitted pile fabric, is often used by outdoor clothing companies to make jackets.

                  Water used for creating recycled polyester is significantly lower than water used to create cotton. Water use for both conventionally and organically grown cotton is very high (estimates range from 1400-3400 gallons per pound of fiber (where 1lb of fiber = 2 t-shirts)). The water use for recycled polyester fiber is almost zero. Because the recycling of the polyester fiber is typically “closed-loop,” it is unlikely that toxic chemicals will enter the water supply during recycling. 

                  Now what’s your choice as the “greener” product — cotton or polyester?

                  When considering its entire life cycle, polyester is not as environmentally damaging as is commonly believed. From my research, recycled polyester is definitely giving organic cotton a run for its money.”

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