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Why organic should be first!

Our skin drinks in!
At Echo Verde we are proud to make organic intimates that are comfortable, breathable and, of course, beautiful against your skin.
But why is this especially important for underwear and intimates? Because if the layer next to your skin is made from synthetic fabric containing toxic chemicals, you’re going to end up itchy, irritated and probably sweaty. Oh my pores!
Our organic cotton undergarments are breathable, which is especially important since you may change your outer clothing during the day but your underwear stays put for the long haul. Doesn’t it just make sense to ensure that the most important layer, the one next to your skin that ‘drinks in’ all day long, is safe, comfortable and beautiful?
Start with our lovely Eve Pantie, top with our sweet Eve bralette(no underwire or metals, adjustable strap) and layer over our slip/tank- suddenly you are ready to face the outside world with soft, breathable, organic layers next to your skin. And did we say soft! Buttery soft. Made of Organic bamboo which is processed without harsh chemicals and then dyed with low-impact dyes. Black, White, Pink and Blue… soft and luscious just like your skin!
Echo Verde is based in Vancouver, Canada and specializes in eco and organic women’s clothing, intimates, knits and sweaters, in sizes XS-XL. We believe in leaving a smaller impact on the earth and providing high quality organic clothing at reasonable value-based pricing.
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On Organic Linen and Small Business Partnerships

At Echo Verde we believe in eco and organic, sustainability and – what happens at one end of the chain “echos” through and impacts the other.   We believe in partnerships and working closely with our small family-owned factories that make our clothing – and our retail stores that buy our goods.

When COVID hit our little factory, we had already shipped out most of our spring goods but the linen fell behind and they were unable to finish before the lock-down. They are about 1 hour outside of Wuhan – and although no one did get sick, they were unable to work for over 2 months!

Once they re-opened, we of course, were just starting to get hit here. This little factory, of their own accord, purchased 300 face masks and shipped them to me to “distribute to your health workers”.  Their kindness and understanding of what was going on was incredibly heart warming.  We distributed the PPE masks to several in-home care workers, immune-compromised and a large part went to an organization in the downtown East Side community which struggles with addiction and homelessness in our Local Inner city.

Then the factory got back to work finally and finished the linens.

These goods were actually oversold prior to COVID but of course small boutique stores at this time are closed and not taking any new orders.  Several returned or could not take the original orders I had sent out.  If we did not take the linen and pay for it, they would go bankrupt.  However, then we have a beautiful batch of linen that we had no way of paying for without going through extreme financial difficulty here – and I spent many sleepless nights trying to work out how to pay.

These times call for pivoting and new ways of thinking and I thought why not try to crowd fund it?  So we set up a go fund me for the two linen styles!  We are only charging the exact cost of the linen.    So far we have received quite a few orders directly.   Now we are hoping there are others out there that want some high quality linen tanks and/or skirts in 100% organic linen at cost.   See our pretty linen tank and skirt in our Spring collection

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Thank you kindly

Jane Nemis, Owner/Designer

Why Choose Eco Merino – and Sponsoring Cedar the Sheep

Our wool is made without caustic chemicals and the sheep are free-range pasture raised with no mulesing from New Zealand raised sheep.

The wool is sheared by hand and not dipped in chemicals.

For every sweater sold this year we will donate to the care of our sheep, Cedar! He is a rescue at a farm sanctuary we volunteer at https://www.kindredfarm.ca.

Cedar needs to be sheared because he was raised for his wool. This type of sheep no longer sheds naturally  so we sheared him humanely in March and expect to have his wool fully cleaned and spun by October.

We are sponsoring his care and feeding this year and hope to do so next year as well based on our merino wool sales.  We want to draw attention to more humane animal management whether for wool or cashmere.

Our merino is super fine and pre-washed so you can even wash it!  No more “dry clean only”  for unprocessed wools.  Dry cleaning is so bad for the environment.   Delicate wash in cold water or by hand – no wringing – just squeeze and lay flat to dry – then press with warm iron.  Our wool is expensive – we know that so we tried to keep the prices reasonable. Our styles are all investment pieces and will last season after season after season… you get it…

See our Eco Merino collection>>

Why Wear Linen: Beat the Sweaty Heat of Summer

Why wear LINEN?

It’s great when you Want to beat the sweaty heat of summer? Wear Linen – it’s the King of Fibres when it comes to hot weather!

Linen is one of the oldest textiles in the world going back thousands of years. Linen was sometimes used as a form of currency in Ancient Egypt. Egyptian mummies were wrapped in linen as a symbol of light and purity, and as a display of wealth.

Flax Facts!

Linen is a textile made from the flax plant – it is one of the more multi-talented members of the plant family. The cultivation and transformation of flax into linen is environmentally friendly requiring less irrigation, pesticides and energy than cotton and therefore is much “greener” and easier on the earth!

Why WEAR Linen: The Benefits of WEARING LINEN

  1. Linen breathes naturally and offers the best comfort in high heat.
  2. Research has demonstrated that a person who wears linen sweats 1.5 times less than when wearing cotton and 2 times less than when wearing a synthetic such as rayon.  Imagine how comfortable that would be for your body!
  3. It is also extremely absorbent – it can absorb up to 20% of its weight in sweat before it even feels wet!   (hello, sweaty bus rides in humid weather).  It is also 3x stronger than cotton!
  4. Linen, because of its natural fibers and production process, is inherently hypo-allergenic. Wearing linen will help you avoid common allergic reactions found with other fabrics, particularly synthetics.  It is also antibacterial and is the only natural fibre that is accepted internally in the human body which is why linen has been used as bandages dating way back to the Egyptians.
  5. Linen is naturally thermo-regulating. It’s insulating in the cold, and cool and breathable when it’s warm.  Linen offers strong protection against solar radiation.  Great for menopausal and peri-menopausal women!
  6. Exceptionally Long-Lasting: Linen is one of the few fabrics that actually get better with age. It becomes softer, smoother, and more lustrous. Lasting to 12 times as long as cotton, linen regularly passes from generation to generation

Wrinkles?

Both cotton and linen are associated with wrinkles, and this is a concern when people want to wear linen.

Linen fibers have a natural resin called lignan. At first, the fibers are stiff and crease easily. The fabric naturally becomes smoother through wear, handling and use. It is widely accepted to have lightly wrinkled linen!

Echo Verde Designs Timeless Linen Pieces

Echo Verde Clothing specializes in organic and “slow fashion” (see About Us) and linen is one of the best fabrics to help reduce our global footprint.

Our garments are styled to flatter and they are also built to last a long time.  Each of our pieces are garment dyed – this means the styles are sewn then dyed after – giving them a softer hand and a nice, washed coloring.

Special natural enzymes are used to soften the outer feel of the linen at the same time.

Linen is perfect for all of your summer travels!!

Linen is a Boss Fabric and you should have more of it in your life.

Check out all our linen clothing>>