At Ravir we specialise in eco-friendly fabrics such as hemp, bamboo, organic cotton, soy, silk, and wool...
Hemp is one of the best known natural fibres. It's renowned for its strength and durability and is fast making a comeback as an alternative to synthetics and to cotton grown with herbicides and chemicals. Hemp grows quickly, is resistant to most pests, and therefore needs little by the way of chemicals and fertilizers to help its growth. It has a anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, so it resists odor. Hemp, when compared to cotton, is softer, warmer in winter, cooler in summer, more water absorbent and has three times the tensile strength. It's a joy to wear, especially when combined with cotton.
Bamboo's evolution as a textile fibre is much more recent. Most of the bamboo is sourced in Asia where it grows naturally, without the need for fertilizers or pesticides. Bamboo is considered nature's renewable resource. As one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, you can almost see it grow. Bamboo / cotton products are extremely soft, comfortable and cool. Their velvet slip texture and crease resistant characteristics complement antibiotic properties and UV ray protection. Bamboo's durability, elastic resilience and moisture absorption provide an outstanding naturally friendly fabric.
Organic cotton is grown without fertilizers or pesticides, reducing some of the effects on the environment that results from growing by traditional methods. Some organic cotton is grown in Australia as well as the US and parts of Asia. To give some idea of the benefits of organic cotton, one supplier of organic cotton garments points out that a tee-shirt made of organic cotton saves the Earth around 226 grams or ½ a pound of toxic chemicals which ultimately effects our food production, wildlife habitation and general health. Organic cotton also uses much less water.
Modal is made from Austrian beechwood. As a fabric it is so soft it's hard to resist. Modal is often used for underwear because of its softness on the skin. It's great for layering (light and comfortable) and for nightwear. Touch it and you will see what we mean.
Soy is yet another source of fibre which is being turned into garments. Soy fabric is very soft and comfortable, and is currently available in a range of under and outer wear for men and women.
Wool, alpaca, silk - it goes without saying that these natural fibres also have wonderful qualities. Wool and alpaca can't be beaten for warmth. Silk too is surprisingly warm, while being light and soft on the skin.