SHOP | SLO's stance on sustainability starts with our sourcing.
All of our products are made from natural or recycled materials, in effort to reduce the harmful impact textile production has on our ecosystem. Synthetic fibers and man-made fabrics often use high levels of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE). When these fabrics are washed, the chemicals get into our water system and pose threats to our environment.
To learn more about the environmental impact of the textile industry and how you can detox your decor, visit Greenpeace USA here.
Cactus silk, aka, sabra silk, comes from the Saharan Aloe Vera plant, a member of the agave family.
Cactus leaves are picked, pounded, and soaked in water until the fibers separate.
Fibers are then spun by hand to create a silky, but very strong thread.
The thread is handwoven on looms to create the finished fabric. Fabric is then sold to local artisans to create rugs, pillow cushions, and scarves.
Our fabrics are colored using plant-based and mineral dyes, derived from roots, berries, spices, leaves, and wood.
Moroccans have been using this same passed-down technique for centuries to source and create this eco-friendly fabric.