GREENCASH

Ever since 1988, ZO-MA s.r.l, has been dealing in the market of textile raw materials, namely staples and wastes.
With a huge experience in processing and recycling an extended range of textile raw materials, we decided to put our know-how to best use and initiated additionally, among other things, to produce yarns.

GREENCASH is born from this initiative and from our will to produce both an environmentally sustainable yarn, GRS (Global Recycle Standard) certified, as well as a luxurious yarn with superior quality features (such as very soft hand, thermoregulation, superior pilling score and better dimensional stability), unlike the majority of other ecological yarns presently available.
Furthermore, we also wanted it to be technically superior or, at least, comparable to the non-ecological alternatives available in the market.

GREENCASH has three fully recycled (more precisely, UPCYCLED) GRS certified components:
- Cashmere – entirely post-consumer recycling.
- Extra-fine Wool (19 microns) – entirely pre-consumer recycling.
- Polyester  – entirely post consumer recycling (from plastic bottles).

The other component is:

- Tencel™, a third generation cellulosic fiber which unlike Viscose, is produced by Lenzing with wood pulp from certified sustainable tree farming in a closed loop production process, recovering over 99% of the non-toxic organic solvent used.
Consequently, GREENCASH is a yarn with a very reduced environmental footprint.

Besides to these environmental concerns, why did we decide to blend these specific four raw-materials?

Well, here's why:
Cashmere and Extra-fine Wool
Both the Cashmere and the Extra-fine Wool provide:
- A very soft and natural hand touch.
- Odor control.
- Thermoregulation: resulting from these fibers abilities to absorb moisture very quickly and losing it slowly, thus avoiding the body to cool down too fast as moisture evaporates.
Moreover, both the used Cashmere and Extra-fine Wool have entirely been recycled (GRS certified), which makes them environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Tencel™
Tencel™ is more expensive than Viscose (which is widely used in this type of cashmere blend yarns), but it contributes to a better pilling score, it is very important when it comes to standardizing the shrinking behavior of the yarn from color to color (a common problem of yarns made from Viscose) and also makes the sweater more enjoyable and comfortable to use in result of this fiber specific breathable and moisture absorbing characteristics. In effect, Tencel™ has the ability to absorb moisture very quickly (just like Cashmere and Extra-fine Wool) but it loses it a little bit faster, gently cooling down the body as the moisture slowly evaporates.
Tencel™ also provides a soft and natural hand touch and odor control.
Besides, Tencel™ is produced in a strict environmentally friendly and fully renewable way.

Polyester
Why did we choose Polyester over Polyamide (generally used in all other cashmere blends)?

Well, first, because we wanted it 100% recycled but also because of its:
- Increased color fastness: unlike Polyamide, Polyester doesn't absorb dyestuffs from the Wool and Cashmere, resulting in increased color fastness to washing.
- High tenacity, durability, elasticity, and resistance, rendering the product more resistant, durable and with a higher pilling score.
- Very soft touch.
- Wicking properties (ability of quickly moving moisture away from the body and from the sweater, without absorbing it, thus contributing to the body's thermoregulation).
It’s not by chance that major sports brands all over the world use polyester as their prime choice when it comes to high-performance sportswear. (E.g. the official kits of all major football clubs).

A major goal: THERMOREGULATION
When body internal temperature rises, the sweat glands release moisture, which, as it evaporates off your skin, will take this extra heat energy with it, bringing body temperature back to normal. The rate at which sweat evaporates off your skin will make you feel warmer or cooler.
These four fibers “working” together help regulate the body’s natural temperature in a more efficient way by regulating the moisture (sweat) absorption and evaporation rates: 40% of the moisture is very quickly absorbed, but evaporate quite slowly (warming sensation) given the roles of both Cashmere and Extra-fine Wool, 30% of the moisture is very fast absorbed and evaporate relatively fast (moderate cooling sensation) due to the characteristics of Tencel™ and 30% of the moisture is practically not absorbed and thus evaporate very quickly (fast cooling sensation), due to the behavior of Polyester, resulting in a sweater that is comfortable to wear over an extended range of external temperatures.

Per each sweater weighting about 300 grams, without sacrificing quality, we recycled an estimate 4.32 plastic bottles of 1.5 l (keeping them from going to landfill and the ocean) and saved an average of 22000 liters of water, not to mention the dramatic reduction in pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and consumption of energy and scarce resources, resulting in an unusually low environmental footprint.

 

GREENCASH: ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE LUXURY

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