eCo Fabrics & Fibers

The heart of any garment, we choose and develop our eCo fabrics and fibers with
specific goals of comfort, performance,
sustainability and durability.
We strive to use eCo fibers and bluesign® certified fabrics as much as possible. The majority of our fabrics are made using organic cotton, Tencel®, Modal®, recycled polyester and reclaimed wool. bluesign® certification assures the use of chemicals and processes that are safe for the environment and best practices for efficient use of energy, water, emissions monitoring and worker safety. Look for the eCo tag on our clothing which indicates products that use these preferred fibers and/or bluesign® certified fabrics.

Fabrics

Fibers, natural or manmade, are the building blocks of yarns, which are then woven or knitted into the fabrics we use. We start by choosing fibers for their various aesthetic and performance attributes and their sustainability factor.

Many of the fabrics we use are unique to Toad&Co but every fabric we use is designed to achieve a specific feel, drape, weight, quality and performance. Sustainability is an essential criterion. The majority of our clothing is made using the most sustainable fibers currently available. Organic cotton, Tencel® and Modal® make up the lion’s share.

For a complete list of all fabrics, please visit our fabric glossary.

Fibers

Organic Cotton We all love wearing cotton. Unfortunately, when grown conventionally the heavy use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and defoliants takes a big toll on air, water, soil, critters and humans. On the other hand, organic cotton farming starts with GMO-free seed and follows practices that maintain soil health, conserve water and support biodiversity. Which is great news, since nothing feels more comfortable against the skin than cotton.

Tencel® It’s a good thing Tencel® is so loveable or it’d make the other fibers jealous. Derived from eucalyptus trees (a crop that can be grown in soil where food cannot), this cellulosic fiber offers a fine balance of next-to-skin comfort, silky softness and moisture-wicking properties making it perfect for active and street-wear. The eco-award winning closed-loop production process is extremely efficient, clean and 98% of the by-products are recovered and reused.

Modal® Modal® is squeaky clean in origin and production. Derived from highly renewable, sustainably grown European beechwood trees, it is incredibly soft, delightful next to skin, drapes luxuriously and breathes perfectly. Even better, the energy-efficient process to produce Modal® manages to effectively use most of its by-product for such things as xylose (used in the sweetener Xylitol), acetic acid (a food additive) and sodium sulphate (for washing powder).

Care & Feeding

In keeping with our love of travel and appreciation for simple pleasures, all of our clothes are washable. Even our sweaters can be washed by hand. And unless you’re a stickler for a sharp-pressed shirt, require very little maintenance. Here are some things you should know to get the most out of your Toad&Co clothing:

• Be sure to follow care instructions sewn in each garment to ensure a long and happy life together. We recommend using the lowest settings for both washing and drying and removing things from the dryer sooner than later to minimize wrinkling. If you’re really lucky, you live somewhere where outdoor line drying is a reality.

• Most of our clothes travel well but we’ve designed some styles to actually excel at travel. These styles boast moisture-wicking and quick-dry fabric, hidden pockets to stash your ID or a couple of pesos, and will look great even after washing in a hotel sink. Our travel criteria is simple: Long haul comfort and low maintenance styling — anywhere, all the time.

• We have a motto: “Dirty is the new clean. Wear more. Wash less.” Studies suggest that 58% of the energy and 45% of the water that goes into a garment happens post-purchase, so we recommend that you wear your clothing multiple times before washing to save on both natural resources and prolong its life.