You might not have heard of Cupro, it’s a new fabric that has become popular over the last few years.
Cupro hails from the same family of fabrics such as Tencell, Lyocell, Modell and Viscose. All of which are manmade fabrics – but, they are thankfully a different ball game to synthetic fabrics like polyester, which are often made using harmful chemicals and processes which damage the environment.
Manmade or ‘Regenerated Cellulose’ fibres used in the above mentioned fabrics are plant based. Each one has a slightly different process and some have better eco-credentials than others. But each of them start with a Cellulose base; either wood pulp, bamboo, Flax or Hemp, or cotton linter (the cotton waste product used in Cupro), but interestingly, any plant can be used as a base.
What is Cupro?
Cupro is a breathable, manmade fabric derived from cotton linter, a byproduct of cotton production. It’s produced using a ‘closed loop’ system which means, although chemicals are used to process the fabric, they can be safely disposed of and the same water can be used over and over again, meaning less water wastage, making it that little bit better for the environment.
As the fabric is plant based and uses no animal products in its production, it’s often called ‘vegan silk’ because of its silky soft feel. Because of the way in which it’s produced and the components of its production, Cupro is sustainable and ethical.
Why use Cupro?
Environmentally friendly credentials aside, Cupro has lots of benefits for the wearer. It looks and feels like silk, but is much cooler and breathable. In fact, it regulates temperature which means you’ll stay cool and fresh all day long. It drapes beautifully, no cling here ladies! And it’s hypo-allergenic and anti-static.
Curpro is stretch resistant so it will keep its shape and is incredibly durable. Garments made from cupro are going to last you years. The fabric itself is biodegradable too, another tick for the environment. For those of you catching some Winter Sun, Cupro is going to be your new best friend. It dries quickly meaning it’s great for the beach and round the pool. And washes well at low temperatures.
How to care for your Cupro Garments
Even though Cupro is durable it does need a little TLC. Its silk-like properties mean you should wash inside-out on a delicate cycle at no more than 30°C. It also helps to iron Cupro (inside-out again) while still a little damp. It’s easy to hand-wash and as mentioned, dries quickly, so it’s great for travelling.