Fabric Info

Front Panels

SaMémoire pillow covers may be made with both, up-cycled and sustainable fabrics. 

In all of the designs, you will find that the front panels are made with fabrics collected from clothing that have "lived before."  These are wonderfully diverse in their colour, design, texture and content. The fabric contents of the front panels can include Linen, Cotton, Silk, Wool, Cashmere, Polyester, Viscose, Rayon, etc., or contain unknown fibres, or any combination of these.  

We do our best to list the fabric content in all of my pillow descriptions, but unfortunately, due to the very nature of up-cycling, content labels and tags may be removed or not legible. In these cases, we do our best to identify the fabric content and provide you with the best description possible, by adding, "feels & looks like....."   Of course, to assist you in your quest, we are always happy to provide you with more information and pictures than what are listed on our website - just let us know how we can help!


Back Panels

When up-cycled clothing is not used for the back panels of SaMémoire 
pillow covers, we do our best to choose textiles that have high resource efficiency and low ecological impact.  

We are so fortunate to have a company close by, in Vancouver, BC, that supplies us with natural and organic fabrics, KenDor Textiles. They offer a wide variety of sustainable fabrics, including organic. The following are descriptions, straight from their website: 


Organic Cotton
Made from Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) Certified organic cotton yarn. The aim of the GOTS standard is to define world-wide recognized requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.

Starting from untreated, natural seeds, organic cotton is grown without synthetic fertilizers. Organic cotton crop rotation and composting maintain the health of naturally moist soil by creating a biodiverse, balanced ecosystem.  As a result, organic cotton plants are more resistant to pests and disease and therefore eliminating the need for the use of pesticides which are often suspected to be carcinogenic or neurotoxic.
As a result of the cleaner growing process, farm workers are afforded a healthier work environment and the resulting uncontaminated plant waste can be used for other purposes - feed for livestock, oil production, etc.

Hemp textiles are made from industrial 'cannibus sativa' fibers.  Hemp plants grow very quickly, without the use of chemical herbicides or pesticides and produce high yield commercial crops which optimize both land use and available resources.  Hemp also returns a significant amount of the nutrients it takes from the soil leaving it rich and ready for new crops. 

Requiring far fewer chemical inputs than cotton and little to no irrigation, linen, made from flax, is by nature a more environmental fabric than most.

Organic Linen
Boasting all of the same benefits as conventional linen, organic linen has the added benefit of the seeds, sprouts, and soil spared from the use of fungicides and pesticides.

Lyocell (Tencel)
Lyocell is a type of rayon cellulose fiber made from wood pulp generated from managed Eucalyptus groves in Austria, Australia, America and China.  Low toxicity solvents are used (and recycled to be used again) to convert wood pulp into fiber.

Lyocell is the only fully closed loop cellulose fibre on the market. Featuring include good yarn tenacity and a smooth hand, Lyocell is very gentle on the skin. It is also Thermal regulating, naturally anti bacterial and biodegradable.

Also a cellulose fiber, Modal is derived from Beechwood Trees. Developed as a second generation variation of rayon, Modal has a very high wet strength and is extra soft touch making it ideal for garments coming directly in contact with the skin. 


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