Soy – good for you inside and out!
What is Soy Fabric?
This eco friendly fabric is derived from food production waste as it is made from the hulls of soy beans.
Sometimes called the vegetable cashmere, soy is soft, easy to care for and absorbs dyes quickly, requiring less dye-stuffs.
Advantages of Soy Fabric
The use of soy textiles are good for our planet, because it is made from fibres that are spun from the leftovers of the soy food industry.
Because the plant itself is easily renewable and the fibre biodegrades more quickly than oil-based products like polyester, its use has minimal environmental impact.
This fabric is so biodegradable that you could throw it on your compost pile when it wears out.
Feel of Fabric
Soy clothing is light and silky soft, with just a bit of stretch, to gently caress your body with its natural drape.
It is called the vegetable cashmere because of its luxurious and soft texture, but you’ll likely agree it’s far better than cashmere because it’s so easy to care for.
Soy fabric has excellent absorption qualities which allow perspiration to evaporate. This makes it cool and comfortable during hot weather.
Due to its moisture management soy textiles are also anti bacterial.
Soy fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities.
Disadvantages of Soy Fabric
Not as strong as cotton or hemp
Caring for Soy Textiles
Soy is easy to care for. Machine wash in cold water on a gentle setting.
You can skip the chlorine bleach, fabric softener (these fabrics are naturally soft).
Lay flat to dry.
Soy has a beautiful drape that does not need to be ironed. Use a low, no-steam setting if ironing is desired.
FAQ on Soy Fabrics
Are there different kinds of soy textiles?
In addition to 100% soy textiles, there are various blends containing soy.
For example, a soy/cotton jersey blend is very suitable for sports wear and other clothing where a little stretch is desirable.
Soy can also be blended with other textiles like cotton, bringing additional benefits to soy textiles.