Diverse textile mix
Over 93.5% of all manufactured textiles are made from cotton and synthetics, supporting the low selling prices of fast-fashion and low-cost firms. Cotton and synthetic manufacturing processes often lead to excessive use of energy and water, creation of toxic waste and pesticides into Earth’s natural habitations, and unethical foreign third world country employment practices.
Truhugs constructs sustainable weighted blankets through selective integration of diverse renewable textiles. This has been a practical approach recommended by many textile sustainability experts. Because many natural renewable fabrics are fragile limiting a blanket's functionality and durability, it is infeasible to construct whole blankets purely out of these eco-friendly raw materials. Trust us, we've tried many different combinations of sustainable textiles and all the 100% eco-friendly ones broke apart after a couple wash cycles. Thus, we chose a blend of cotton, synthetics, and natural materials to make a durable, functional, luxurious product that follows Textile Exchange's pragmatic initiatives towards sustainable textile practices.
Use of renewable natural raw materials
Much of "fast fashion" has resulted in textile waste in our landfills. In order to reduce the impact of environmentally unfriendly consumer trends, we made sure our bamboo lyocell cover is 100% biodegradable. The bamboo species we selected is renewable for textile manufacturing, meaning the plant grows quicker than we use it. In addition, the growth of bamboo requires almost no energy, water, and pesticides. In fact, the invention of bamboo lyocell is lauded as one of this century's most sustainable textile achievements, using nanotechnology to extract the fibers from bamboo pulp. Each TruHugs cover is created from fiber extracted using a recycled organic solvent mixed with water, nearly eliminating unnecessary toxic waste disposal into our environment. This contrasts heavily with other cheaper forms of bamboo fabric, like bamboo viscose and modal, which are created from bamboo fabric extracted using non-reusable toxic chemicals, like sodium hydroxide. Constant disposal of these chemicals causes inreparable damage to our planet's natural habitats.