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In a world where we are bombarded with information, even if only visual and lasting a few seconds, we rarely take an active role in the face of the multitude of content available on the web.

We do not take a few minutes to inform ourselves properly even when we have to spend money, in order to give value to this money which, in any case, has cost us time of our life to be in our availability now.

Spending money on something whose price does not reflect an intrinsic value is a bit of a waste of money, right?

Then here we respect every choice and, in view of what we will discuss shortly, we also accept that a t-shirt is judged a good buy also – or above all – for the logo it has well printed on the chest. We do not share this position but it is legitimate.

If you are reading this post, it is because you had an online browsing that assumes that you are a person for whom the quality of the famous shirt above is not to be attributed to the brand, or not only.

Let’s leave aside here the discussion about “Made in Italy” and what it implies delocalizing production in countries with low labor costs (and even less protection for the environment and workers) – even if, at the conclusion of what follows, a clarification on this point should be however done.

On this occasion we only want to think about materials, even if very quickly… and not even about all materials. When it comes to going into a little detail of the textile fibers that are most often used in clothing, what are we talking about? Basically: what do we find ourselves in contact with the skin when we wear one or the other shirt?

Because the skin is not an inert and impermeable “layer” that acts as a barrier between the external environment and our organs, it is itself an organ and it is the largest organ we have in our body, and it seems wise to take care of your body.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive discussion of all synthetic, artificial and natural textile fibers, but an example of how different worlds two T-Shirts can really be when evaluated from the point of view of the composition on the label.

The fibers that we at CAMCO know well are wool and lyocell.

Small note: our wool is extrafine merino wool, organic Gots certified and mulesing-free, while our lyocell is Lenzing AG’s TENCEL ™, but only the name of the generic fiber must be indicated on the label, by law.

Wool is a natural and biodegradable fiber, lyocell is an artificial fiber.

Artificial fibers are obtained through industrial processes, starting from natural raw materials.

In the case of TENCEL ™ the production processes are highly sustainable (recycling and reuse for over 99% of the organic process solvents and water) and the raw material is wood from sustainably managed forests – the production process of Lenzing AG has been awarded by the European Commission for its sustainability.

TENCEL ™ is biodegradable and compostable.

Camco Composition label

The fibers that we at CAMCO know well are wool and lyocell.

Small note: our wool is extrafine merino wool, organic Gots certified and mulesing-free, while our lyocell is Lenzing AG’s TENCEL ™, but only the name of the generic fiber must be indicated on the label, by law.

Wool is a natural and biodegradable fiber, lyocell is an artificial fiber.

Artificial fibers are obtained through industrial processes, starting from natural raw materials.

In the case of TENCEL ™ the production processes are highly sustainable (recycling and reuse for over 99% of the organic process solvents and water) and the raw material is wood from sustainably managed forests – the production process of Lenzing AG has been awarded by the European Commission for its sustainability.

TENCEL ™ is biodegradable and compostable.

Camco Composition label

As CAMCO, we have decided to offer products with a strong vocation for use for leisure time, sports and more generally to dress those who live a dynamic and active life: we are CAMCO Activewear.

In this market niche, synthetic fibers are the masters.

As a long-time user of sports products in synthetic fibers, I have always appreciated the resistance, the resistance of the shapes and the quick drying of products made with these fibers. Obvious disadvantages are the non-breathability and the ease with which odors develop when you sweat.

However, I had never asked myself too many questions about what was behind the production of these materials and when I did … I decided to found CAMCO.

50% of all textile fibers (not only synthetic ones, of all) is polyester.

A quick search on a dozen sites is enough to understand a lot of this material, with the degree of detail you want – the information is there on the web, available to those who want to search for it.

Leaving aside the history of the material, the production processes, the chemical formulas and so on, the most important thing is: if we wear polyester, we put a derivative of oil processing in contact with our skin.

The same goes for polyamide (Nylon), while if we wear acrylic garments we are putting in contact with the skin a material that to be called such, must have at least 85% acrylonitrile, which – if it can give you more comfort – we can also call ” vinyl cyanide ”, a colorless, very toxic liquid obtained by oxidation of propylene in the presence of ammonia.

These are the conclusions I reached by reading from multiple sources for each material, if I had been inaccurate on some point, please correct me … but what I can say with well-founded certainty is that we are talking about materials, at the base of these fibers, which are substances that in everyday life we ​​try to keep at a safe distance.

The problem is that we also take in substances through the skin, as we take in substances with food or breathing.

Oil

The opening image of this post really wants to stimulate reflection on this point: you would most likely feel at ease and in a pleasant environment if you found yourself walking in a meadow with grazing sheep and surrounded by trees … it is what we call “nature” and no one is afraid to come into contact with a tree or fear a sheep and its wool.

Oil, on the other hand, causes us discomfort even just to the sight, with that oily aspect and black color, and accidental contact with it pushes us to look for the quickest way to get it off our skin and we would not be comfortable walking on a beach. contaminated by an oil spill into the sea.

But we dress in polyester, polyamide, etc etc …

In all of this we have not brought up the production processes and where they take place.

Even natural and artificial fibers undergo chemical processes, even if they are not synthetic chemical products themselves, and it is therefore important to pay attention to the certifications that guarantee that the substances used in the processing do not spill into rivers, lakes or the atmosphere.

Choosing Made in Italy, or made in the EU, guarantees that the production complies with the REACH regulation, while for imported products this regulation refers to the residual presence of chemical substances on the products themselves (obviously also regulated for European productions), but it can obviously not impose rules on the use of these in production processes outside the EU borders or on how they are disposed of.

Certified organic products or products obtained with highly sustainable processes also incorporate qualities that we should always seek and weigh with the proper importance in the overall judgment on what we are going to add to the cart.

Wishing for our good and wanting the good for the planet, it is therefore a good thing to pay attention to raw materials, the place of production and certifications.

CAMCO uses only lyocell fibers, produced in Austria by Lenzing AG with a highly sustainable process, and extrafine Argentine merino wool, organic GOTS certified and mulesing-free.

All the production processes, which lead the yarn to be a wearable garment, take place in Italy.

Also of Italian production are the elastic of the shorts (with 91% recycled polyester – the only synthetic component of our products, incorporated in a drawstring of the same fabric as the garments), the tags on FSC certified paper, the completely recyclable boxes without glue, envelopes made from recycled and recyclable LDPE.

We produce with natural raw materials of natural origin.

Weaving, purging, dyeing, finishing and packaging take place in Italy and all accessories and packaging are also produced in Italy.

Giving the right weight to materials, production processes and production location… what is expensive? A t-shirt in the materials that we use, produced in Italy, or a t-shirt whose composition is something chemical, easily derived from oil, and produced in countries with low cost – and protection – of labor and little attention to the environment, sold more or less at the same price?

The correct question is: for which product does the price reflect the value?

The conscious response involves a conscientious process of retrieving information, which is something quick and easy.

We live in the information age, ignorance is a choice.

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