Erin from Unika Vaev stopped by the library last week to tell us about their most recent lines and bring us samples from one of them. The library is always glad to have vendors come by the library because their participation helps make the materials library useful to students.
She gave us samples of a new product called Charmed, which is a easily cleanable faux leather. You can read more about it here, but we were very impressed when Erin demonstrated cleaning off ballpoint pen and sharpie.
Unika Vaev seems to be concentrating on sustainable sourcing and materials, and one of the products Erin told us about is their new wool Life Textiles line. It seems to take green to a new level, examining the ways the sheep are raised, sheared, and fed and the wool manufacturing process. Here’s more information from their website:
LIFE Textiles by Instyle
Unika Vaev is exclusive distributor of Instyle’s LIFE (Low Impact For the Environment) Textile collection. Included in this group are products of 100% wool, designed to minimize the environmental impact over the entire life cycle including raw material selection, production, use and disposal. The program stipulates the use of clean technologies and all products are produced without the use of toxic substances such as heavy metal dyestuffs. Any additives utilized in the production process, such as detergents and lubricants, are biodegradable.
In addition, Instyle has established the EthEco wool brand, of which all the products are being transitioned to if they are not already EthEco wool. EthEco is made using wool from a breed of Merino sheep that don’t require mulesing (a surgical procedure required for most breeds of sheep due to a parasite), through Australia’s first-ever ethical wool supply agreement for the furnishings industry. EthEco wool is grown on holistically managed farms focused on animal welfare, human health and care for the environment. This attention to all aspects of the supply chain make the LIFE Textiles Collection truly unique in its manufacture.