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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, 25mm wide.
60% organic cotton, 40% natural rubber. Natural and unbleached, apart form ID thread line.
Elasticity is 100%.
With a soft hand feel, good stretch, and smock knit, this elastic is most suitable for waistbands, underwear and children's clothing. The ID thread line in beige gives you guidance for sewing, or you can use the elastic to draw in a channel rather than sew on. It does stay wavy when stretched out (i.e. doesn't recover) but this is where sewing in along the line is beneficial to provide soft stretch.
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 waistbands, children's clothing and underwear where you need softness of stretch and feel.
Use it with all light to medium to heavy weight fabrics.