Ventile, the world’s most effective, natural, all-weather cotton textile has developed a new fabric named Ventile Eco 400 RCO, the brand’s first high performance fabric made entirely from recycled cotton.
The pioneering fabric has been designed to achieve the best possible balance of performance, comfort and sustainability in a bid to reduce overall textile waste and to create a durable and environmentally friendly resource for designers and fashion brands.
Using technological advances, Ventile Eco 400 RCO features Ventile’s unsurpassed performance characteristics. The all-weather fabric is not coated or laminated therefore it breathes naturally and far more effectively than other all-weather fabrics. The result is a high performance fabric which is as much reliable as it is sustainable.
Ventile’s Product Manager, Daniel Odermatt, commented: “In response to customer demand and a shift towards sustainability and recycled materials in the textile industry as a whole, it seemed the perfect time to test the ability of recycled cotton and develop a new environmentally-friendly performance fabric to be part of Ventile’s extensive range.
“Ventile Eco 400 RCO has a natural synergy with Ventile Organic Cotton Fabric, which is another major component of our brand. Both ranges are committed to connecting social and environmental awareness with beautiful, well-made and performance-driven clothing and we only expect demand for fabrics like these to continue to rise over the coming years.”
In order to ensure 100% transparency and maintain the highest levels of quality that Ventile is best known for, the team manages the full production process from the collection of the raw components of cotton, which would have otherwise been destined for landfill, to recycling technologies, manufacturing and the design of Ventile Eco 400 RCO.
The new fabric is currently available to order in three colourways; charcoal, olive and white stone. Over the upcoming months, the brand has plans to develop and release a larger selection of colour options. Ventile has consistently supported a sustainable approach to manufacturing, also known as slow fashion. The brand is committed to creating a 100% natural fabric that is high quality and also ethically produced. The range utilises the finest, extra-long staple fibres, only found in the top 2% of the world’s cotton crop. After gentle spinning and doubling, the yarn is woven into a very dense weave, which uses 30% more yarn than conventional woven fabrics, creating a premium end product.
Ventile is used by some of the most prestigious and successful brands in the industry, including Edmund Hillary, Nigel Cabourn, Ralph Lauren, Barbour, Country Innovation and Purdey.
Developed in England in 1943, Ventile® was originally designed to save the lives of pilots flying over the Atlantic in Wartime England. In the cockpit, Ventile® proved cool and comfortable, whilst in the water, the fabric proved warm and impenetrable – extending survival times tenfold. Ventile® suits are still worn by pilots of various air forces.
Ventile® fabric has looked out from the Summit of Everest, Annapura and just about every other major peak in the world and has been used for years by adventurers alike. Most famously, Sir Ranulph Fiennes crossed the Antarctic clothed in Ventile®.