Sustainable Life

Hope for the future: The far-reaching impacts of shopping local.

Hope for the future: The far-reaching impacts of shopping local.
The sustainability community (including eco advocates, vegans, slow fashion lovers, locavores, among others) has long been touting the importance of purchasing what you can from local and small businesses. The events of the past couple years have brought heightened awareness to this topic on a mainstream level. Many of us understand instinctively that shopping this way is ideal (and many communities and demographics never stopped doing this even as megaliths like Amazon, Walmart, and Shein have shifted the face of manufacturing and commerce toward an outsourced and petrol-based model) but the generational impacts of maintaining a healthy, local manufacturing base are almost impossible to quantify. Continue reading

Our newest addition: Dream Fleece

Our newest addition: Dream Fleece
Our newest collection ~ the Dream Collection ~ was birthed from a desire to take our beloved modal-based Cloud Fleece and make it even more sustainable. Continue reading

Meet Liz: Botanical Dye Artisan

Meet Liz: Botanical Dye Artisan

One of our dreams here at LA Relaxed was to be able to work with natural and botanical dyes at a scalable level. When we connected with Liz Of Silk and Stems, an Idaho-based botanical dyer, we knew it was time. We asked Liz about her journey and process.

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Q: How did you first get into botanicals?

A: I first began working with flowers at the age of 17 in Boise, Idaho when I landed a job at a flower shop. I then moved to a friend’s flower shop and eventually opened up my own floral business in my hometown.

Q: What was the impetus for Silk and Stems?

After being open for a short time at my brick and mortar, I met the love of my life and we moved to Twin Falls, Idaho where we were fortunate to give birth to our son in February 2020, right before the pandemic hit Idaho. I wanted to be able to work and have a creative outlet that involved my passion, botanicals, while still being able to care for my son full time. 

Botanical  and Natural Dye

Q: Was it a challenge to move from floral work into dyeing?

A: After getting inspired by some talented artists on Instagram, I thought I might try my hand. I invested in pots, natural dyes, tongs, an electric burner, online courses and books to eventually (after trial and error) create an at-home business that that functions along with my current life.

Natural plant-based dyes

Q: What natural plants and botanicals do you like to work with?

A: Some of my favorite natural dyes to work with are Red Pine bark, Chestnut, Black Walnut hull, Onion skins, Acorn, Black Tea, Quebracho and Indigo, although there are still so many I have yet to explore. Eco printing is another beautiful method where I use Coreopsis, Cosmos, Black-Eyed Susan, Goldenrod, Marigold, and other flowers grown organically in my garden to capture the flower’s beauty onto fabric forever using a bundle & steaming process.

Flower dyeing           Natural Dyes
Q: Can you give us an overview of the technical process to dye a garment?

A: The process of dyeing with plants, flowers and even bugs (cochineal) is that of one which requires much patience and time. 

Each garment undergoes scouring (heating fabric in pot with water and natural detergent to clear oils, dirt, etc.) an hour to two of mordanting (which will help the color bind to the fabric) and then finally brewing in a vat with the dyestuff.

I usually also will run it through a quick cycle in the wash without any detergent  just to rinse out excess dye. The masterpiece hangs to dry, and finally it is ready for wear.

Click here to explore each one of a kind wearable art piece.

 

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Welcoming Hemp Back to our Collection.

Welcoming Hemp Back to our Collection.
Our mill partner blended hemp fibers with GOTS Certified Organic Cotton and a hint of spandex to create a durable yet soft french terry that will retain it's shape and create a comfortable unrestrictive fit. Continue reading

An End of Summer Moodboard

An End of Summer Moodboard

This is one of our favorite times of the year. Cooler mornings and evenings slowly begin to bookend the radiant heat of the day, at least in the mountains and on the coast. Our cravings turn from berries to sun ripened stone fruits; our coffee goes from iced to hot and fragrant.

We begin to layer our crisp cotton and linen with lightweight fleece. Our days become more structured, and the possibility of a new season's arrival scents the air.

 The comfort and ease of adding extra layers when getting dressed is refreshing. We crave seasonal recipes and activities that were on hiatus during the hottest months.

 

The sunlight takes on a new form; an old golden friend returned to peek through the leaves. Above all, it's a time for renewal and transformation. Summer will always have our heart, but the in-between times are sweet too.

 

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A Peek Into Our Children's Capsule

A Peek Into Our Children's Capsule
For years now customers have asked us to offer our signature soft and plant-based fabrics in silhouettes made for little ones. When we were finally able to start the development process, we knew the first capsule had to be Organic Cotton. Why? The organic cotton we use is GOTS Certified to ensure the yarns are independently certified throughout the entire textile supply chain.
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Organic Children's Tees
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Organic Cotton is grown with GMO-free seeds and does not use toxic pesticides in the growing process or harmful chemicals when processing the fibers into yarn. This makes it much safer for the growers and of course, healthier for our skin.
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Organic Cotton Children's Loungewear
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We designed these easy silhouettes to be welcoming and non-restrictive for young ones bursting with movement and energy, while offering coziness and comfort for travel and rest time. 
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Each garment is constructed with care and made to last, all the easier to pass down to younger siblings or family friends. The vintage-inspired garment dye finish will get softer and more love worn with each wash. We recommend washing in cool water and letting the sunshine dry these special pieces (but tumble dry low will also work since these are pre-shrunk).
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Sustainable Children's Separates
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We designed and fit these styles for a lounge-worthy and oh so comfy feel - for more specifics see our size guide here.
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