Les Racines du Ciel

The starting point for our clothes is the raw materials we select. They can be returned to the soil at the end of their life as they exclude all synthetic materials. Our workshops are chosen because they are human-sized, in Bulgaria and Portugal. Our Italian mills are often linked to environmental programmes such as Greenpeace and Cotton for Life etc. Our raw materials and dyes are certified or meet high environmental and social standards.

European flax linen

Flax is the most ecological of fibres. It is mostly grown in Europe, in a belt stretching from Normandy, France, to the Netherlands, and around the Baltic Sea. It’s a crop that requires no fertilisers or irrigation, and thrives with only rainfall. Flax growers observe a gap of six to seven years between crops, so as not to deplete the soil. Its transformation into yarn requires no chemical processes. Linen is a thermoregulator, providing a feeling of freshness in summer and retaining the heat in winter. Particularly resistant, its fibres ensure linen clothes are very durable. The chains we work with are all European and the French chain that we have chosen grows organically.

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Egyptian organic cotton

Cotton should always be grown organically. In fact, when this is not the case, it uses 25% of the world’s pesticides while occupying only 3% of the planet’s cultivated land, as well as 10% of all chemical fertilisers. This results in long-term soil pollution and the poisoning of the people who grow it. Organic cotton free of pesticides is much more respectful but, alas, still consumes too much water. We mainly use Egyptian organic cotton because of the length and quality of its fibres. Produced in the Cotton for Life programme, it is cultivated as part of a partnership between Egyptian farmers and an Italian cotton mill, both dedicated to ecological and social commitments throughout the chain.

Baby Alpaga

Wool production is at the heart of many scandals, in particular the mistreatment of animals, and therefore requires very careful selection. We have not chosen to use sheep’s wool from our French alpine pastures because it remains coarse to the touch and is mainly used in the manufacture of mattresses. After much reflection and background reading, we have chosen alpaca wool. Alpacas live in harmony with nature in the Andean highlands. These are still traditional farms and have not undergone the productivism which has affected cashmere goat farming in China and sheep farming in Australia. Baby alpaca is the first shearing of alpacas, providing a very fine thread of between 21 and 23 microns. Alpaca wool is a very high quality fibre, and softer, warmer, stronger and lighter than sheep’s wool.

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We do not use any fossil fuel-based synthetic materials (polyester, for example) because of their polluting nature (water and air).
We have chosen human-sized workshops in Bulgaria and Portugal.
Our raw materials and dyes are certified or meet high environmental and social standards.