What is waxed canvas?
Waxed canvas is a cotton canvas fabric that has been impregnated with a paraffin based wax. The technique of waxing canvas has been around since the 19th century. Sailors in England and Scotland used the technique for waterproofing. It was also widely used by the British Armed Forces during WWII resulting in Britain having the only waterproof gear.
The waxed canvas found in my bags comes from Martexin, a company that has been around since the 1800’s. Martexin fabric is chosen for their commitment to quality and durability.
How should I care for my waxed canvas bag?
Waxed canvas should not be placed in a washer or dryer. For best results, use a mild soap and cold water to treat spots. Use a brush or sponge to massage soap into the spotted area. Rinse with cold water and let dry.
Over time your waxed canvas bag may need to be re-waxed. Martexin sells an original wax can for touch ups or re-applications. Application is done by simply warming up the wax with a hairdryer or in the sunshine and rubbing into the canvas. Then letting it cool and dry.
What is vegetable tanned leather?
As the name implies, vegetable tanned leather uses extracts from different vegetable matter such as bark, wood, and fruit in the tanning process. Tanning with natural tannins helps to reduce the impact on the environment as it does not use harsh chemicals. Vegetable tanned leather can also be recycled. Due to the nature of vegetable tanning, it can take up to 60 days to produce. Therefore, products using vegetable tanned leather are usually more expensive. Vegetable tanned leather is leather in it’s most natural state. This natural state aids the leather in developing a lovely patina with age and use.
The most widely used process for tanning is known as chrome-tanned leather. This method uses chromium sulfate and other chromium salts in the tanning process. Chrome tanning takes less time than vegetable tanning, at around one day. It is also considered an easier method. However, it has a greater impact on the environment.
What makes cotton fabric organic?
Organic cotton fabric comes from cotton that is grown without the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers and or pesticides. The dying and finishing of organic cotton also follows a strict procedure for chemical use in processing. All lining fabric produced in my bags is made from organic cotton. This fabric is SKAL certified 100% Organic Eco Friendly and Sustainable Process for Dyeing and Finishing.
I believe that we can all make choices, small or large, to help the impact on the environment. This is why I choose to use only organic cotton fabric. The price of organic fabric is higher than conventional cotton fabric. However, I believe this a small price to pay in terms of the environment. Conventionally grown non-organic cotton is the 2nd most pesticide-laden crop in the world (with corn being the first).