Even though "clothes made of wood" may sound funny and scratchy at first, our WoodShirts, Tank Tops, Longsleeves and Sweaters are actually made of a very cool and above all super soft fabric. In addition to ecological advantages, this fabric also offers unique properties and optimum wearing comfort. In summary: we offer clothing with a feel-good factor. We are happy to illustrate in more detail what these unique properties are all about and why fashion made of wood wears so well.
UNIQUE WEARING COMFORT AND SILKY-SOFT WOOD FABRIC
Different skin types react differently to the environment. In addition to external environmental influences such as sun, our skin can of course also react differently to textiles. Many people complain about incompatibilities with various textiles, as they can cause itching and irritation due to their rough surface. Neurodermatitis sufferers in particular often have problems with the skin compatibility of certain fibres.
The wood fibres of our clothing have a particularly skin-friendly and smooth surface that flatters the skin instead of irritating it. In short, there is less friction on the skin, which is why clothing made of wood wears like a second skin. In a study conducted by the University Hospital of Heidelberg, more than 80% of the test persons said that wearing wood fibres significantly improved their skin appearance and convinced them of the skin's sensory and thermoregulatory properties.
Comparing fibres from cotton, wool and wood under a electron microscope:
FABRIC MADE OF WOOD - THERMOREGULATING AND ACTIVE BREATHING
Why we perceive fabrics as pleasant is not only due to haptics but also the skin climate. The extent to which fabrics regulate temperature has a great influence on how comfortable we feel. In summer or during physical stress, our body temperature rises and with it sweat production. The body is cooled by the evaporation of sweat on the surface of the skin. During high exertion, people can lose up to 1.8 litres per hour in this way. The demand on textiles close to the body is therefore to guarantee a fast water transport in order to support the body's own cooling effect. The crucial factors are therefore a high water absorption capacity and a high suction speed.
In fact, the wood fibre we use for our clothing has a much higher water capacity and absorption rate than cotton or polyester. The maximum absorbent capacity within 20 seconds is an impressive 380% for wood fibres, compared to just 16-19% for cotton and polyester. The special nanostructure of the wood fibres ensures that moisture is quickly transported and absorbed inside the fibre. It thus contributes to thermoregulation by allowing optimum evaporation at the fabric surface via a homogeneous liquid distribution. The drying behaviour of the wood fibre can also compete with that of conventional fibres. Although many people believe that polyester fabrics dry faster than others, there is no difference in the drying kinetics between polyester and wood fibres if the same amount of moisture is assumed in the textile. It should also be mentioned that polyester fibres are closed and therefore cannot absorb moisture, meaning the moisture only remains on the surface.
Wood fibres have very special thermo-physiological properties providing our clothing with excellent thermal insulation in cold weather. At the same time, sweat is dissipated from the body during heat or physical stress and released into the environment in order to optimally support cooling of your body.
WHY ARE WOODSHIRTS ODOR-RESISTANT?
There are numerous microorganisms on our skin which are important for our skin flora. When we sweat, microorganisms multiply due to the moisture, start to work and a sweat smell develops accordingly. By making contact with the skin, the sweat and bacteria naturally enter the textile. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to remove these odours from textiles, especially with sportswear made of polyester fabrics.
The fabric of our wooden clothing stays fresh longer as it inhibits the growth of bacteria. If you compare synthetic materials, cotton and our wood fibre, you can see that synthetic materials have a 100 to 1,000 times stronger bacterial growth. On cotton the growth is still 10 times higher than on our fabric made from wood. The reason for this is that with other fibres the water remains on the surface of the fibre where it is fully accessible to bacteria. With wood fibres, on the other hand, the water is almost completely absorbed into the fibre, which removes the culture medium from the bacteria. Bacteria is also less able to stick to the smooth wood fibre surface than that of synthetic fibres or cotton.
Due to the fact that the wood fibre can better remove moisture, the bacteria is deprived of the necessary nutrients and bacterial growth is inhibited. The special antibacterial properties of wood fibre mean that the wooden T-shirt stays fresh longer. You can therefore wear our WoodShirts longer without having to worry about unpleasant odours.