Coconut leaves and shells were a part of ancient Coconut Fiber clothing but did you ever know that they can be part of modern clothing too? If you wonder how, this might help you to acquire a little more knowledge about what’s happening in the textile industry. With the phrase eco-friendly catching up everywhere, it has now entered into the clothing aspect of our lives too as part of an eco-friendly lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean that you have to dress like ancient tribes, that wouldn’t be modest, would it?
There is a drastic reformation in the manufacturing of fabrics which have natural coconut components added to them. Basically we all are aware of coconut coir. This is the stiff and coarse fiber present in the outer husk of the coconut. This coconut shell fiber is wear resistant and as well as hard water resistant which makes it durable and easy to maintain. Due to the innumerable potential benefits of this product, it is highly preferred in the fashion industry in creating new line outfits with a twist. The result is the development of the new coconut fabric called Cocona Fabric. With this innovation coconut is added to the effective eco-friendly line of clothing next to cotton and bamboo. The extensive properties of coconut fiber make it suitable for commercial clothing for all seasons, especially summer when it is too hot. With its benefits coming to light, no doubt it is the future of eco-friendly clothing.
The white fiber from the fresh coconuts with green outer cover is used to make ropes and doormats. On the other hand, they are also used to make fabrics. These husks are not directly incorporated but are transformed into durable and usable yarn which is then used in making attractive clothing. Initially, the undeveloped husks are soaked in water for about ten months. This is called retting and it is essential to loosen the strands of white fibers from the coconuts. Then, the white fibers are removed from the coconuts using a defibering machine and then spun into yarns using spinning wheels. Then these yarns are dyed into different colors and are weaved into a variety of clothing.
The regular synthetic fabrics are infused with coconut husks, not directly, but these husks are processed into value-added activated carbon or coconut charcoal. This coconut charcoal is infused in the synthetics fabrics such as recycled polyester. The resulting fabric has some amazing properties, it is naturally UV-protective, it wicks better, dries quickly, absorbs odor and release the odor in the wash and stays cooler for long hours which is found to be an incredible 30% to 50%. It is 92% fast drying than cotton. This is a breakthrough in the field of manufacturing sports clothing and gear. Several reputed sports clothing brands are already in the process of manufacturing and marketing Cocona fabric clothing in the form of sports jerseys, lightweight fleeces and shells.
While searching for cot bed mattresses for your baby, it is better to go for natural fibers instead of synthetic fibers because a natural fiber mattress is completely non-toxic. Fibers like coconut fiber, cotton or natural wool is used in abundance to make mattresses worldwide. Moreover, the covers from soft cotton can provide much more comfort to your baby. Making your baby sleep on synthetic material can be bad and they do not last long too.
Are natural variety better than synthetic fibers for cot bed mattresses?
Sleeping on foam or any other synthetic material can be harmful for you and especially your baby. Synthetic fibers retain the body heat and acts like an oven. This raises the body temperature and makes sleep lighter. However, if you make your baby sleep on natural fiber cot bed mattress, you will actually help your baby have a sound and healthy sleep because natural fiber breathes and regulates its temperature. Besides, natural fiber cot bed mattress lasts really long. Natural fibers also benefit from sunning and airing but synthetic fibers gets destroyed by airing and sunning.
Another disadvantage of synthetic fiber is that they release toxic gases and is very unsafe for small babies. There is no such problem with natural cot bed mattresses. That is why you can go for the natural variety like wool which is a perfect support for joints, muscles and spine. Besides, wool mattresses help to maintain body temperature and it will help your baby stay cooler during summer and warm during the winters.
Different types of natural fibers used in mattresses
Natural products like cotton, wool as well as silk are really good for the body. Silk is very popular as a mattress material because of its slippery quality and to make it even better silk is often blended with bamboo fabric for making cot bed mattress. Bamboo fabric is a natural antibacterial and has a beautiful luster, so it is often mixed with silk to make comfortable sleeping surfaces.
The coconut coir mattress is another very popular cot-bed mattress for babies. This type of mattress is made from coconut husks coated in natural latex to make a supportive and breathable layer. Another popular cot bed mattress is the Mohair Mat which is made from horsetail hair – the longest and the most durable natural fiber in the world. In a Mohair Mat, horse tail hair is stuffed in between layers of organic coir to provide extra support. Silky Mohair fleece is provided in the outside which acts as a good insulator.