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An exciting development in haberdashery and sustainable fashion - organic cotton blended with natural rubber; a 100% biodegradable elastic!*
Ecru rubber tape, 18mm wide.
65% organic cotton, 35% natural rubber. Dyed black.
Elasticity is 110%.
It is also available in ecru, and stronger versions better suited to denim.
Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilisers, which means it is better for people and planet. Natural rubber is an existing resource that helps fuel local economies and prevent deforestation, without the need for synthetic polymers. It comes from Malaysian plantations where child labour is not used.
Blended together, this organic cotton and natural rubber elastic is kinder to the planet and better for your skin. It also prevents any possible nasty fibres washing away into our water. The organic cotton comes from Turkey. Production is conducted in Austria.
*Biodegradable; This elastic is unusual as it's 100% biodegradable. Elastic is usually made of synthetic polymers, which do not biodegrade and so continue to pollute the environment when thrown away. Of course, it won't start to biodegrade while you wear it! To kick start the bacteria needed to break down the material, ensure it is composted when it is eventually discarded (hopefully after many many years of love and use).
This rubberband is washable up to 40°C (104°F) and will shrink up to 5% in the first wash. We always recommend washing before sewing (in a load with like colours is absolutely fine) and to consider purchasing a touch more than you'll need - it's bound to come in handy. Do not tumble dry.
Clothes and accessories. Particularly good for cuffs and waistbands where you want structured stretch to prevent the band turning, but still some flexibility for comfort.
Use it with all light to medium fabrics, such as poplin, jersey and light shirtings.