Crailar Organic Fibers: A New, Eco-Friendly Spin on Cotton

by , 06/13/10   filed under: Eco-Textiles, Fabrictionary, Featured

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CRAILAR \ ˈkrā lär \

n. 1 a: Organically certified fiber derived from natural bast fibers (such as hemp and flax), which are responsibly treated with an “enzymatic bath” and then spun into soft, white fibers similar to organic cotton. b: Touted as the next affordable and sustainable stand-in for conventional cotton, with the added bonus of tensile strength for use in textile, industrial, energy, medical, and composite material applications. c: Named after the town of Craik, Saskatchewan, this eco-textile initiative is also supported by the National Research Council Canada. A joint partnership with Hanes is likely to make it a household name for apparel knit products globally.

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8 Responses to “Crailar Organic Fibers: A New, Eco-Friendly Spin on Cotton”

  1. Saruzza says:

    I’m confused. An” enzyme bath” sounds suspiciously like the retting stage in traditional linen preparation, which used natural enzymes and bacteria to soften the fibers so they can be removed from all of the lignin, pectin, etc holding them together as a plant. Do the enzymes actually dissolve the cellulose, and then is it reconstituted in the spinning process as a long filament (like rayon?) Do you have a sample I can look at under the polarized light microscope?

  2. Abigail Doan says:

    Dear Saruzza:

    Thanks for your comment. I have written to CRAILAR for specifics on your questions. We will post a reply as soon as it is received. The “enzyme bath” has been written about in a variety of sources, so it will indeed be helpful to know even more on this front. If they can also provide a fiber sample, we will definitely share it with you ASAP.

    Best wishes,

    Abigail/Textiles Editor @ Ecouterre

  3. Abigail Doan says:


    Re: the specifics on the “enzyme bath”, the team at CRAiLAR replied with this:

    “The enzymes used in the CRAiLAR process are naturally occurring and work to clean the fibers so that they spin more easily. The enzymes and the process do not dissolve the cellulose or harm it in any way. CRAiLAR fibers are not reconstituted like Rayon or viscose.”

    Hope this proves helpful!


  4. designer says:

    Hi Abigail,

    as an eco-designer of a small company I am constantly faced with sourcing problems. It is great to hear about all these fantastic fibres, such as Tencel, Lenpur CRAiLAR and S.Cafe, but sourcing them (especially in smaller quantities, ie. below 100 metres or for sampling) is nearly impossible. Would you be able to recommend me either an organisation or a website to turn to where I could get some help with this problem? Many thanks.

  5. Wang Ping says:

    i also want to know how to get the try-weave yarn sample

  6. louis says:

    Hi Abigail,

    As a denim weaver (Prosperity textile (HK) Ltd), may I have more information about CRAILAR. I ‘m confused in emzymatic bath. Is it doing after fibre making from spinneret? what is performance properties similar to tencel or modal? Our mill is located in Guangdong province of China. Would you please advise which yarn suppliers can provide CRAILAR?

  7. Genevieve Tucker says:

    Hi, I am new here but it is lovely to hear that magic word Tencel again. I was so depressed when it stopped being used here in Oz – at last I had found something that DIDN’T WEAR OUT. My mother presciently remarked that it would not stay on the market very long for that very reason. Where can we get it now????Please please…I have a shirt I’ve had for nearly fifteen years.

  8. Leafpot says:

    Hemp itself, is a very beneficial plant. It can be used as fuel, building materials, plastic replacement, food, and thousands of other thing. Hemp contains a very useful oil that can be used to power a million different things. In essence, the hemp plant can be used to power vehicles, homes, schools, hospitals, ect. all for free! Simply plant it, and it grows. The hemp seeds contain several essential amino acids while containing more protein than a soy bean; which means they are very healthy to eat! The fibers can be used to create any type of substance, they basically compact it down to a very hard substance. Houses have been built out of 100% hemp, plastic, bags, paper, rope, ect. It’s a much safer alternative to killing people for oil, or killing off the entire gulf of mexico for some oil. I’d rather just grow a plant…

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