materials
(our honest foundation)

1. AHIMSA SILK

When we think quality + getting closer to nature, silk is the most ideal natural canvas. the process of producing it does not involve the harsh chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers (+ water usage) that cotton + synthetics require. That means less toxicity around the most sacred parts of your body. Beyond this, silk is naturally breathable, cooling + the strongest natural fiber.

**It’s important that we support nature through the whole of her cycles + allow silk worms to emerge from their cocoons without harm before harvesting fibers, so we use nonviolent ahimsa silk.

the dawn studio ahimsa nonviolent silk sustainable lingerie

2. TENCEL

It's made from wood pulp of sustainably harvested trees + produced in a closed-loop process, so the water in the factory is re-used :) It takes far less heat energy, chemicals + water to make than other similarly biodegradable fibers like viscose (bamboo) or cotton.

sustainable textile the dawn studio lyocell tencell undies

3. BIODEGRADABLE ELASTIC

For yeeeeaaars we searched high and low for safely, fully biodegradable elastic — It didn’t exist readily on the market, nor were any sustainable options meeting our quality needs; options that  feel buttery + luxurious on skin as well as hold up to the wear + tear of a lifetime of living. 

 

Our solve was to partner with the best in elastic to develop a 100% biodegradable elastic (we really can’t take credit for their science + expertise, but we’re so happy they said yes to trying). We use stretch fiber that’s received a Gold Material Health Certificate from Cradle-to-Cradle Product Innovation Institute. More importantly however, it’s reached Hohenstein Environment Compatibility Certification, meaning it breaks down without releasing harmful substances into the environment at end of life; Under the microbiology of active soil, the yarn is able to decompose to produce CO2 + water, becoming part of the continuous cycle of nature. Even better, it takes natural dyes well, saving water during the dye process. We’re so proud to have asked the right questions, found hard-working partners + been able to bring this dreamy material to you.

biodegradable elastic eco waistband

4. PLANT DYES

we celebrate the colors of the earth through botanical dyes. that means no harmful chemicals ;) pigments come directly from plants like madder, pomegranate, indigo, turmeric + avocados. This also means that each dyed piece is fully unique.

see our videos + events page for guides + tutorials on how to plant dye at home! 

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5. MATERIAL PARTNERS + PRACTICE

FUN FACT: there are no ahimsa silk producers in North America, which is why we work with partners where ethical silks are traditionally made: India. we choose to source from artisans. in doing so we choose to highlight the talent, skilled work + dignity of those artisans by paying fair wages + respecting normal working days that take place during daylight hours.

our Tencel is sourced from Portugal with the expertise of 120 skilled team members. they use closed-loop systems, repurposing water, minimizing textile waste + using renewable energy. environmental sustainability is central to their production, holding 3rd party sustainability certifications like GOTS + BCI (for cotton), OCS (organic content standard), GRS (global recycling standard), OEKOTEX, BLUESIGN, LCA (life cycle assessment)

ahimsa silk cocoons