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Let's Talk Linens

How does The Modern Therapist select their fabric?

In our attempt to cut down on the amount of textile production, we look for Once Loved Fabric. When items cannot be recycled, we try to reuse them and repurpose instead of throwing them out. You can find these products available for purchase online! Look for the symbol ONCE LOVED on our products to chose items made with repurposed fabric.

What fabrics are currently being used on the market?

The majority of massage linens on the market are a blend of polyester and cotton, referred to as poly-cotton and will likely be a blend of 50:50 or 60:40 of fibres. It is important to take a closer look at the fabrics that construct our linens and the impact they make.

Polyester

This is a synthetic fiber, creating the polymer Polyethylene Tertaphalate. The production of polyester fibers can result in dangerous biproducts and can be an energy-hungry process. Most fabrics are further treated in the dyeing process and in flameproofing. While polyester is a synthetic fibre, due to its durability it typically has a longer product lifetime than 100% cotton.

Cotton

This is a natural fiber, but as it is based on harvest conditions can involve pesticides, fertilizers and insecticides. Organic cotton is a great alternative to cotton and the harsh chemicals involved, however can be more expensive than a non-organic cotton option. When choosing cotton, select organic, sustainable, and ethical farming of the crop wherever possible.

How can I know if my fabric is ethically sourced?

Unfortunately, a recognizable labeling system to determine how much energy and water went into the production, the distance it has traveled, by whom and under what conditions it was manufactured, how it will be cared for, how it will be laundered and how it will be disposed of, does not exist. At The Modern Therapist, will are constantly researching the impact of fabrics and how we can select those that reduce environmental impact, but provide the comfort and quality needed by our customers.

Available Types of Fabric Weaves

  • Percale or Sateen are distinguishable by the type of fabric weave.
  • Percale sheets are a 1:1 weave
  • This creates a sturdier, more robust, crisp percale fabric, that is more durable over a sateen option. With a percale sheet, the longer you use them the softer they get
  • Percale or Sateen are distinguishable by the type of fabric weave.
  • Sateen sheets typically entail 4 fibres crossing over 1 fiber.
  • Variations of 100% cotton poplin or cotton-poly blend
  • Similar to broadcloth, however, poplin uses a fine yarn while broadcloth is a thicker yarn leaving a more robust sturdy feel
  • Durable, strong
  • Cool and lightweight
  • Soft to touch
  • Does not wrinkle easy or stain easily
  • Might be too light for winter as does not lock in heat well

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