The fashion industry, including the production, processing and distribution of the materials used, is one of the greatest contributors to pollution on the planet. One of the best ways to minimize the environmental pollution caused by this industry is to be more conscious about the types of fibers and materials we are using--and choose more environmentally-friendly options, such as alpaca fiber.
RAISING & HERDING
Raising alpacas is incredibly eco-friendly compared to other animals used for their natural fiber. Alpacas, which are mainly bred in the Peruvian Andes, are "green" livestock. This means that they are light on the land, preventing soil erosion by "cutting" the grass while they graze, instead of pulling it out like other livestock animals, which allows the grass to continue to grow.
Furthermore, alpaca are very easy to care for. They only eat 1-2% of their weight per day, compared to cashmere goats (10%), therefore requiring little food, water or special attention. Their wool can produce 4-5 sweaters per year, compared to cashmere goats which only produce ONE sweater every FOUR years (that's 20x more garments!).
PROCESSING & PRODUCTION
Alpaca fiber not only lacks the lanolin of sheep’s wool and therefore does not require harsh chemicals for removal, but also proves to be higher yielding after processing due to relatively higher fiber diameter and length. Alpaca also comes in 23 beautiful natural colors that rarely require chemical dyeing for the creation of garments. And, of course, untreated alpaca fiber is completely eco-friendly and biodegradable.
We take care to sell products from brands that use natural fibers like alpaca, or recycled and organic textiles, including natural dyeing and printing processes.
WEARABILITY & OWNERSHIP
The enjoyment of alpaca garments for a lifetime is owed to its inherent durability. The nature of alpaca fiber makes it less susceptible to abrasion, pilling and general wear and tear even after the production process and into its life as a finished product.
In fact, alpaca lasts longer than other luxury fibers including wool, cashmere and silk, as it is both water and stain repellant, which makes alpaca garments the more sustainable option for reducing textile waste from discarded clothing.
GREEN RIVER HOLLOW FARM
Fluff's owners raise our own alpaca on our organic farm in Hillsdale, New York. We make sure to operate on principles of sustainability through organic, chemical-free raising and production of fiber.