Yes, that is to say, of the fabrics that we have in stock (which applies for most). Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your delivery address, and we will send you one or more samples in postcard format, max. 3 per request.
Excluding shipping costs (for which we charge the actual letterbox tarif) we charge €2.50 per request. This amount will be refunded when you order a fabric.
The price in view with the fabrics is the price per meter. Orders are from 1m. If you want to order fabric, go to the fabric of your choice, enter under 'DESIRED LENGTH' the lenght you want to order and then immediately click on 'in shopping cart.' On the page that appears you will see the total amount.
And for those who also want to know what the percentage means behind the lenghts: it is the percentage that is deducted from or added to the price per meter, depending on whether you order less or more than 1m.
The Dutch comedian Arjen Lubach asks himself: "Who made my clothes?"
(Only in Dutch. Sorry!)
And his answer is: "We don't know."
But luckily it is not that bad. For we can know quite a bit actually, by paying attention to the textile certificates - of which there is quite some proliferation nowadays.
Each label has its distinctive features. For example, a fairly familiar one is OEKO-TEX. This label relates to potentially harmful substances in textiles. OEKO-TEX mainly focuses on consumers protection.
Other labels pay particular attention to the social conditions during the production of textiles. Still others look mainly at environmental aspects.
Fair Play Fabrics focuses on the 'broad' labels that take into account both the social conditions and the environmental aspects during the entire production process. So most of our fabrics and ready-to-use products are GOTS or IVN BEST certified. For what is good for people and the environment throughout the entire production process, is good for the consumer as well.
Yes, hemp. But we are talking about a variety of the cannabis plant which is THC-low and not suitable for smoking. From this hemp variety fabric can be made - of which we are a big supporter! And we would love to see a return to the production of hemp fabric in Western Europe.
For hemp does not need herbicides, it needs no irrigation and no fertilisation; hemp enriches the soil and absorbs a lot of CO2. In the Netherlands it is increasingly being grown, but mainly for applications in the construction industry and for medicinal use. Fabrics from hemp come almost exclusively from China and are seldom certified, so that we are rather doubtful about the working conditions under which they are produced and about the entire production process. And though we would love to offer you more, that's why till now you'll only find a few hemp fabrics in our assortment.
Bamboo is a fast growing plant and doesn't need replanting (bamboo grows from the root system). It has no need of chemical fertilisers or pesticides. It is resistant to drought, so irrigation is not necessary. Bamboo has a natural anti-UV effect and is hypo-allergenic. Bamboo fabric is wonderfully soft and supple, it does not wrinkle, it absorbs moisture well, it dries quickly ...
So, the fabric of the future, right? Uh..., no. Usually not.
It depends on how bamboo is made into fabric. This is done in two different ways.
In both cases, the plant is first made into pulp. In the one case by the addition of natural enzymes. The enzymes ensure that the plant dissolves, so to speak. From the pulp thus created the fibers are extracted, which are spun into yarn and from this yarn the fabric is woven or knitted. The process of extracting the fibers is time-consuming, labor-intensive and therefore expensive.
In the other case, toxic chemicals are used to make the plant into pulp. The chemicals ensure that the plant becomes soft enough to extract the fibers. This process takes much less time and is cheaper, but is bad for the employees and the environment. Most bamboo textiles that are on the market are made this way and usually recognizable by the term 'bamboo viscose'. In the Made-By benchmark for the environmental impact of fibers bamboo viscose scores just as bad as conventional cotton and ordinary viscose.
Read more? Take a look here: http://organicclothing.blogs.com/my_weblog/2007/09/bamboo-facts-be.html. It is a rather old blog, but not much has changed since.