Why Soy Fiber Clothing?
The following Q & A will provide some insights to soybean fiber and why it is a great fabric choice.
Why Soy Fiber?
Soybean fiber has been touted as “vegetable cashmere”, it has an incredible soft-to-hand feel, second-skin comfort (fiber contains 20 amino acids), luster, loft and drape, combined with durability, and good wear.
Soybean fiber is an Eco-friendly fiber using renewable natural resource as raw material. Manufacturing is done through extract protein from leftover dregs from soybean oil or tofu production and add biological enzyme to make spinning solution. The bean dregs, after having their protein extracted, can be used as fodder or fertilizers. All auxiliary used in the production of soybean fiber are of a harmless nature, and most auxiliaries are recyclable.
What is soybean fiber?
Soybean fiber is a sustainable textile fiber made from renewable natural resources. It is part of an effort moving consumers away from petrochemical textile products and turning waste into useful products.
What is the manufacturing process of soybean fiber?
Manufacturing is done through using cutting-edge bioengineering extract proteins from leftover dregs from soybean oil/tofu/soymilk production. Then through a process called wet-spinning, the protein liquids are forced through a device resembling a shower head, called a spinneret, to make liquid soy. Finally, the liquid soy is solidified to make soybean fiber.
The raw material, bean dregs, after having their protein extracted, can be used as fodder or fertilizer. All auxiliaries used in production of soybean fiber are of a harmless nature, and they are recyclable making the production process a closed end process.
How does soybean fiber help our environment?
Soybean fiber is part of "sustainable clothing", where sustainable raw materials or waste are used to produce textile products. Soybean fiber does not add any extra burden on mother nature. Another way to look at it is like using "recycled paper", turning waste into useful things thus greatly reduced impact on environment.
How does soybean fiber compare to other fibers?
Soybean fiber is soft, smooth, and light. It has cashmere feel, but is smoother than cashmere. Soybean fiber has joyful silky luster with perfect drape and elegant feel. It has the same moisture absorption as cotton but with better moisture transmission than cotton, making it more comfortable to wear. Soybean fiber has a stronger tensile strength than wool and almost as good as wool in terms of warmth retention.
Caring for soybean fabric is relatively easy as it can be machine washed with little shrinkage and air-dried. We don't recommend high temperature drying because it will damage the protein structure.
Are babysoy brand soybean fiber clothes made under fair trade condition?
Yes!! babysoy makes 100% certain that our contractors are practicing fair trade and obey the local labor laws. Every year, our inspector will visit the contractors' facility 3-4 times without advance notice and make sure everything meets requirements.