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BEST PINATEX PRODUCTS & HOW TO TAKE CARE OF THEM

PINATEX PRODUCTS & how to care for them

So, you decided you wanted to forgo animal leather, and now you are stuck probably asking yourself if is there even real vegan leather out there. Well, look no more! Introducing Piñatex (or Pinatex if you don’t have this letter on your keyboard). A super innovative real vegan leather used to create beautiful Pinatex products like belts, bags, and shoes!

We love it because it is cruelty-free, innovative, and opens the door for farmers to get an extra income from their crops.

Here you will find out more about it:

Piñatex: the Pineapple Leather

It all started with Dr. Carmen Hijosa, a Spanish entrepreneur and a former animal leather consultant. To make the story short, she noticed the enormous environmental effect of producing animal leather. Additionally, the time leather workers spend making these goods is insufficient to support their families. 

As a result, Carmen decided to forgo using animal leather in favor of another material that would not be as harmful to the environment and humans. In the process of thinking about what will be the alternative for animal leather, she remembered how back in the Philippines, locals would create clothes made up of fibers of the pineapple leaves. This birthed an idea to use the fibers to create a non-woven material that resembles leather. After years of research, with her PhD, she developed Piñatex.

The Piñatex is a non-woven material created from used pineapple leaf fiber that may be used for fashion & accessories, as well as automotive, soft interiors, and other applications. The material is soft, adaptable, lightweight, and can last long. 

Fun fact: The pineapple creates 25 million tons of waste annually as the second most popular fruit in the world. By utilizing 825 tons of discarded leaves (instead of burning them) from the pineapple harvest, Piñatex could reduce its carbon footprint by 264 tons.

Want to learn more about the material itself? We got you! Check this article!

-> WHAT IS PIÑATEX?

How To Take Care of your Piñatex products

Taking care of your Piñatex product is easy. Just follow these steps:

To maintain: 

  1. Regularly polish the product using natural colorless wax to maintain it in top condition. 
  2. With a clean towel, lightly apply your preferred wax in a circular motion until it is absorbed. Then let it dry. 
  3. Avoid utilizing a heat source to dry things more rapidly since doing so might harm them.
  4. For optimal results, leave for 24 hours in a warm (not hot) area before gently polishing with a soft, dry cloth or soft brush.
  5. Additionally, you can use proofing spray so that the product will become more water and stain-resistant. 

To Clean: 

  1. Use a soft cloth soaked in warm, mild soap to clean your product. Never entirely immerse the product since doing so might result in permanent damage.
  2. Avoid using chemical cleaners while cleaning your Piñatex item. Gently wipe it.
  3. Follow the ‘how to maintain’ instructions mentioned above every now and then to prolong the life and luster of the material.

Best Piñatex Products

Vegan Leather 101 check! Now that you know where to find them (ahem! Right here…) and how to take care of them, you might be ready to appreciate their versatility and aesthetic. This amazing material is opening minds and options in the fashion industry.

Check out our many pineapple products from shoes, and sandals to belts and bags. Enjoy!!

Best Pinatex Belts

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Cutest Pinatex Shoes & Sandals

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From wrapping ancient mummies in the past to styling them in chic, modern ways today, Linen is one of the oldest textiles in the world! Well-known for its durability and excellent absorbency. Linen is also undoubtedly the most sustainable fabric out there and so we have a lot of linen clothes within Goshopia’s range.

Now let’s discover the origin behind linen. Because it is pretty interesting and we know you are curious about materials and the origin and journey of things.

The fibres of the flax plant form the core (base) of Linen. Flax is a cellulosic fiber you can find in the plant’s stems. It is actually the closely-packed cells in them that provide significant strength to the resulting Linen.

After harvesting the plant, the root leftovers fertilize and clean the soil, improving their productivity for 6 to 7 years. Literally, no harmful junk or chemical goes into producing Linen. It requires no fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides and hence does not pollute rivers or groundwater. A win-win situation!

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How exactly does flax fiber transform into linen fabric?

Okay, this is a tiny bit nerdy but trust me, you don’t want to miss out on these exciting points!

  1. Pulling

    Flax is hand-harvested by pulling up the entire plant or when stalks are cut very close to the root. It’s called “pulling” rather than harvesting because the flax is literally pulled out of the ground rather than cut down to preserve the length of the fibers contained within its stem.

  2. Rippling

    After pulling, the plants are dried, and then the seeds are removed through a mechanized process called “rippling” (threshing) and winnowing

  3. Retting

    An interesting bacterial process is used to break down fibers. The bacteria make an enzyme called ‘Pectinase’, which breaks down the pectin in the flax stalks

  4. Scutching

    This process separates the impurities from the raw material, such as the woody portion of the flax stalks. They can either be removed by hand by beating or crushing between two metal rollers separating fibers.

  5. Heckling

    The short fibers are separated by ‘combing’ them away to leave behind only the long, soft flax fibers. These are then spun into yarns and woven or knit into linen clothes.

No other fiber can offer this unique blend of luxury and comfort, supreme elegance, and down-to-earth practicality.

Summer is here and it is time to be in style with our latest and wide variety of Linen Clothes here at Goshopia. Ranging from classy summer dresses to chic co-ord sets and comfy linen tops, we have it all! Available in vast color options including the gorgeous natural and white. When it comes to sizes you can find from extra small to plus size linens. Discover Goshopia’s Affordable Linen Clothes Collection.

Types of Linen

There are more sorts of Linen than you might think. Variations in weaving techniques and the mixing with other fibers such as cotton result in these four varieties. They are used in clothing and home, each having its own characteristics and benefits.

  1. Damask Linen: Damask linen is a classic fabric for decorative tablecloths since this fabric offers the strength of Linen with the subtle beauty of something a lot more delicate, like embroidery.
  2. Loose weave linen: It is highly absorbent but the least durable type of linen fabric. Most commonly used to make reusable diapers and sanitary towels for kids and even blended with cotton for garments.
  3. Closely-woven Linen: Often called sheeting Linen and is remarkably soft, hence favored for apparel and bedding.
  4. Plain weave linen: Plain weave has a natural checkered pattern and is readily absorbent, which is why you’ll find it used to make dish towels and napkins.

Styling Linen Clothes

Linen Clothes never go out of style! You can dress up or down these versatile pieces. Check out some of these pieces:

and amazing accessories!

Alternative Uses of Flax & Linen

Flax is a really fantastic plant. It grows almost everywhere, requires not much attention, and best of it all. Did you know the cultivation of flax produces no waste? You can find the different parts of the flax plant in many different industries.

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  • We use long and short fibers to make clothes- after weaving.
  • If crushed, flax seeds produce linseed oil for artists, cabinet makers, and wooden furniture restorers.
  • Flax seed oil is a herbal supplement (its high omega content helps to reduce cholesterol) and helps those with eczema and other skin problems.
  • Flax seeds are very nutritious and easy to find. Yummy! Add them to your salads toasted or have them to relieve constipation.
  • Fishing nets, strings, and ropes can have linen as part of their composition.

What about Linen?

  • Apart from clothing, with Linen, you can find plenty of household items such as tablecloths, upholstery, soft furnishings, and curtains.
  • In ancient times, Linen was the go-to material to dress wounds and stabilize fractures.

Fun Facts (or perphaps ‘flax’) about Linen!

  • Did you know flax is able to capture carbon? A flax field of one hectare can take out of the atmosphere up to 3.7 tonnes of CO2. It’s good for the environment and you!
  • Widely accepted as a textile in Egypt around 10,000 years ago, it appears Neolithic people in Europe made textiles from Linen as long as 36,000 years ago.
  • Experts say that Linen was so valuable in ancient Egypt and even sometimes used as currency.
  • Did you know that Linen clothes are stronger than cotton? It’s one of the few fabrics that is stronger when wet rather than dry.
  • Flax is a flowering plant! The flax flower (Linum usitatissimum) is annual, easy-growing, fast, and pretty. Once mature, the flax plant produces an abundance of short-lived but attractive and delicate blue flowers.
  • The automobile industry is starting to use flax for non-structural car components such as door panels, ledges, and matting.
  • Linen clothes are naturally antibacterial and non-allergenic, meaning it doesn’t provide germs with an ideal breeding environment. This slows the growth of bacteria, ensuring that you and your skin remain as clean and safe as possible.

Using Linen means you are a conscious consumer. You are contributing to a more eco-conscious and sustainable world by using materials that are natural and don’t cause harm or destruction to our environment.

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WHAT IS PIÑATEX?

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Piñatex or Pinatex is a new innovative fabric that is made out of fibres from the leaves of the pineapple plant. Normally, these leaves are considered agricultural waste and get discarded after every pineapple harvest.  But Carmen Hijosa, a Spanish innovator that we admire and have the pleasure to meet, thought the strong fibers were too good to let go and started developing what later would become Pinatex.

The fibers of the pineapple leaves have been used for centuries, but they didn’t look like the Pinatex we bring you today. Pinatex looks like leather with a rough finish, but the fibers themselves look more like straw hair. As all the ingredients of Pinatex are cruelty-free, it is considered a great vegan alternative to leather.

Curious to learn more? Let’s see how is the process to create Pinatex to better understand the material.

HOW IS PINATEX DONE?

To produce Pinatex you have to follow a set of steps. First comes the decortication, once the pineapple leaves are selected, you extract the fibers. This part is normally done at the plantation by the farmers. Previously done by hand, Ananas Anam has come with an automated decorticating machine. This machine allows farmers to utilize greater quantities of their waste leaves and reduce the time to extract the fibers. Once the leaves have been stripped of their fiber, the leftover “flesh” can be used as a natural fertilizer or even as biofuel. There is virtually no waste.

The next part of the process is to degum the fibers. This is done through an industrial process. The result is a non-woven mesh that is the base of Piñatex.

The non-woven mesh is rolled and transported to Spain to get the leather-looking finish. They add some binding that transforms the material into durable and flexible Pinatex. It is true that the binding components are not 100% biodegradable, but Carmen and her team are working hard to reduce the amount of binding required or to change the ingredients of the mixture and make it more eco-friendly.

USES OF PINATEX

Pinatex is great for shoes and bags, but you can also find it in interior furnishings and even for car interiors. Think of the places where you would use leather and in most cases, you can replace it with Pinatex. Pinatex is copyrighted and distributed only through Ananas Anam.

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Now that you better understand what is behind this awesome material, you are ready to shop our pineapple selection!

 
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HOW TO CARE FOR LINEN CLOTHES

HOW TO CARE FOR LINEN CLOTHES

You know we are big fans of linen clothes as it is one of the most sustainable fibers out there. Not only that, it looks gorgeous, classy and elegant. And even more than that, linen is like wine… with age it gets even better! For some reason, there is this idea that linen is difficult to take care of and we want to show you that it is not that difficult at all. Just a little bit of care will go a long way and your linen clothes can last literally a lifetime or as you later will learn a couple thousand years. ?

Before we get to the tips on how to take care of your gorgeous linen clothes, we want to invite you to have a look at the impressive selection of linen clothes we have available at Goshopia.com. All of them are pre-shrunk and available in plenty of sizes. Remember we have Free International Delivery!

Now, let’s learn more about this amazing fiber: Linen.

What is linen?

Linen is a woven fabric made from the fibers of the flax plant. For nerds out there that like facts like me, flax in ancient Greek was called λινόν (linón), in Latin linum and the scientific name for the plant is Linum usitatissimum. It is one of the oldest, most eco-friendly textiles in the world. Linen in its original color is off-white, but this fiber can take dyes very well.

We see linen today in clothes, and home coverings such as tablecloths, bedsheets, cushions, napkins…that is why the term “linens” are used for these coverings even though they might not be made out of linen specifically.

What is great about linen?

  • Linen is soft on the skin and it is able to absorb and release moisture really fast. That is why it is great for warm and humid weather or the summer.
  • Linen fabric breathes well, helping to regulate your body temperature.
  • It repels dust and dirt.
  • Super durable fiber, yet gentle on the skin. Imagine if it is durable that in 1881 when they found the tomb of the Pharaoh Ramses II, who died in 1213 BC, the linen wrappings were in perfect condition after more than 3000 years. Same with the curtains of the tomb of Tutankhamen. That is what I called really vintage! ?
  • It is not too elastic, which means that it doesn’t stretch much but tends to wrinkle, so we need to take care when folding and storing it.
  • Flax grows everywhere. It doesn’t require pesticides or harsh chemicals to grow. The plant has other uses besides fashion.
  • It is smooth and lint-free and it gets softer the more you wash it.
  • It has high conductivity and doesn’t accumulate static electricity. No funky hair when getting dressed!
  • Linen can withstand high temperatures and has only moderate initial shrinkage. In any case, all the Goshopia linen clothes are pre-washed so there is no shrinkage.
  • It might have some small lumps as it is a natural fiber. This texture is part of its beauty.
  • It is two to three times stronger than cotton and dries at a much faster rate.
  • The natural fibers also hold dye colors better than some other materials, and thus the fabric is available in almost any imaginable color.
  • Linen is also naturally anti-bacterial. That is why it was a popular choice for bandages for centuries and a favorite for windows and accessories.
  • It has inbuilt insect-repellent properties so you shouldn’t need to worry about moths or other similar creatures. It is hypoallergenic, so a great fit if you suffer from allergies.
  • Comfortable yet, linen clothing has developed a cool and elegant look & feel that allows wearers to make a subtle but eye-catching statement wherever they go.
  • It is easy to style and matches denim and cotton very well.

A little bit if history

Ancient cultures realized that even though the refining process was time-consuming the fibrous stems of the flax were lightweight, durable, moisture-resistant, and could be turned into threads and later be used to weave. Initially, and maybe because of their properties and cost to produce, only royalty or wealthy families wore linen clothes. Archaeologists keep on finding linen from the Neolithic age, Ancient Egypt- where it was sometimes even used as currency- and Phoenicia. Linen has been mentioned even in the Bible as what angels wore (Revelation 15:6). In the Middle Ages, it got more popular, especially for clothes in contact with the skin like shirts, chemises, waist-shirts, lingerie, and detachable shirt collars and cuffs. The inner layer of cloth garments for example dress jackets was traditionally made of linen, hence the word lining.

How is linen produced?

Linen stems had to be collected by hand, remove leaves, roots, and blooms. After that, they were “retted”, leaving them at the river banks for bacteria to eat the exterior part of the stems. After the fibers were the only thing left, they were combed, stiff fibers removed, spun into thread, transferred on spools, and sent to the weavers. It is laborious to process- even in this modern age- hence it is a pricey fiber.

On a curious note

Bielefeld Germany linen Notgeld issued by Stadt-Sparkasse on 8 November 1923

Did you know that linen was used to print banknotes too? Yep! in 1923 in Bielefeld (Germany) printed their bills in linen. Paper made of linen can be very strong and crisp. Oh! And it is not the only one! The United States and many other countries print their currency on a paper mix made from 25% linen and 75% cotton.

How to take care of our linen clothes

Generally, linen is an easy to care fabric. You can machine wash it or dry-clean it. Still, it is best to always check first the manufacturer’s care label and take into account any special instructions before cleaning your linen garment. If your linen clothing is a blend of linen and cotton or rayon, the care instructions may be different. The fabric content of trim or lining can also affect the method of cleaning.

For example, our Lucca or Aurora dresses are a blend of linen and rayon. They are part of the Slow Fashion Philosophy, so only a few units are produced.

Cleaning Linen Clothes

If machine wash, use a delicate or short cycle with lukewarm or cold water. You will extend the life of the fabric if you hand-wash your linen clothing in cold water. Steer clear of harsh laundry detergents when washing linen clothes. Better use a mild detergent for delicate fabrics. Always remember to separate your whites and colors—new linen dyes have a tendency to bleed in the wash.

If you decide to hand wash your linen clothes just put them in a clean sink with cool water and mild detergent. Gently agitate, drain the soapy water, rinse the sink and refill with cool water until the water is soap-free.

Also, do not wring linen to remove excess water as the fibers might stretch a bit and you will get extra wrinkles. It is better to roll each item in a towel to remove moisture.

If you have stains, put immediately some water and soap or even dishwasher if it is a greasy one!- to make it easier to remove them later. Normally we should use cold water for linen but if the stain is of wine, the recommendation is to boil the garment to remove the stain. Take into account that hot water might shrink slightly the linen.

When it comes to bleaching, you can use bleach on your white linen garments only. But avoid over bleaching as this can cause yellowing.

You can also take them to the dry cleaner. We recommend you do this with garments that are more structured, like tailored items such as linen jackets or suits. This is not due to the material itself, but due to the way they are constructed and the lining they might have. Check the label first.

Drying

Once cleaned, it is better to air-dry your linen garment on a padded hanger or lay flat on a drying rack to avoid wrinkles. Avoid using the clothes dryer. If in a hurry, you may tumble dry on low for five minutes but take them out before the clothes get too dry or you will have a hard time ironing.

Ironing

When ironing, add a bit of moisture or steam. Set your iron on the linen setting -normally the highest- and iron while the garment is still a bit damp. The heat from the iron will dry the fabric and remove wrinkles. Turn your garment inside out before ironing. Use a press cloth between your iron and the fabric to prevent your linen fabric from taking direct heat. You can use also starch or sizing if you want clothes to keep their shape and be very crisp. You can iron white linen on both sides, but dark linen should be pressed only on the reverse side or you might get some shine. To avoid that you might just use a press cloth.

Storing

We better hang our clothes or even roll them. This is better than folding them. When we fold our clothes always through the same area, we might create creases. Then when we are ready to use them, they have the folding lines and that is not cool. With a hot iron, we can remove the creases, you can add steam or a bit of water to soften the crease before applying the iron.

When wearing

The only thing with linen might be the wrinkles, so these are some handy tips to prevent them from appearing in some garments. Think that it is part of the nature of the textile and it is difficult to avoid them 100%. At the end of the day, we are pretty flexible and linen is not so much. Still, there is a casual & cool vibe to linen clothes.

If you are using a jacket, you might want to remove it while driving or during extended periods of sitting. Maybe you can hang your jacket on a hanger in the car and in your office until you need to wear it again.

With pants, we can not remove and they tend to wrinkle in different areas. Then you can gently lift your pants from the knees as you sit down. This will minimize fabric stretch, sag, and subsequent wrinkles.

If you have a wrinkly situation and no iron close by, wet your hands a bit and using them as makeshift irons rub the wrinkles off stretching them out by pulling the fabric in opposite ways.

We always tell you to wash your clothes when they are really needing it. In the case of linen, most probably they need some airing and some ironing but are not really dirty as yet. Just add some steam or moisture to remove the wrinkles before the next use.

Linen vs Cotton

Linen is just as easy to look after as cotton, but it is way more durable- Remember the mummies!- It gets better with each wash, unlike cotton which can become threadbare as the fibers weakened. Linen uses fewer resources in its production, so it is a more eco-friendly fiber. If you are to choose cotton, try to buy organic cotton instead of conventional cotton. It is better for you, for the environment, and for all the workers in the supply chain, including the farmers. Check this GOTS certified Cotton tops.

How Do You Clean Your Linen Clothing?

Let us know in the comments and if you have any question, do not hesitate to ask us! We will be happy to help!

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