Are Your Undergarments Made From Castor Beans?

Castor BeansIn honor of Earth Day, I have decided to focus my efforts and write about … Castor Beans.  Huh?  Well, I have decided to write about a pretty interesting new nylon yarn made from Greenfil, a polymer that comes from Castor Beans.  As you may remember from some of my past posts, I love to hear about new discoveries in textile technology and am always excited to share them with you.  Upon my initial reading, it wasn’t immediately obvious to me why this yarn is considered “envro-loving” (is that a valid phrase??).  Anyhow, I did some homework and upon stumbling  on an write up, I found out that “The castor plants are from Africa and Asia and are grown on land which cannot be farmed. There is no irrigation of the crops, they are not produced from genetically modified seeds and they are 100% renewable biomass.”  Awesome!  The yarns are currently made in 3 counts (22, 44, and 78), are round bodied and lustrous, and are being used in undergarments.  I heard that the fabrics containing the fiber were shown at Premiere Vision in Paris last autumn.  Did anyone happen to catch a glimpse?  Do share!

Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

  1. Kay Lorraine

    Yarn made from castor beans. How amazing is that?!!! If they are so lustrous, I wonder why they are only using them in undergarments? Could it be because they have difficulty in holding dyes?

    Please keep us up to date as you find out more about this fascinating new technology.

    Warmest aloha,

    Kay Lorraine
    Honolulu, Hawaii

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