Behind the Brand
Using sustainable fabrics is part of our mission here at Bon+Berg but what exactly is MicroModal and what are the benefits of using it.
September 30, 2021
Sourcing and using sustainable fabrics is part of our mission when creating underwear here at Bon+Berg. We aim to make underwear that ensures you feel good while also being kind to the planet. Our commitment to sustainability means that we make it our mission to source our MicroModal ethically and carefully to ensure minimal impact on the environment and our planet.
What is MicroModal made from?
MicroModal derives from the pulp of beech trees. Beech trees are self-seeding plants commonly found in the Northern Hemisphere. This means, once we use the trees to manufacture MicroModal, they naturally renew themselves.
Both Modal and MicroModal are made from the pulp of Beech Trees. In comparison to regular modal, MicroModal is a finer fibre. It is tightly thread, resulting in softer, better fitting and more breathable fabric.
What makes MicroModal so special?
We chose to use MicroModal for our eco-friendly underwear because it feels luxurious and soft to touch and does not harm the planet. Unlike some other sustainable fabrics, MicroModal has the feel-good factor we desire for our undergarments. By using this material in our bras and pants, we can guarantee a smooth and breathable feel at all times.
Those familiar with MicroModal may identify similarities between the fabric and silk or linen. However, MicroModal isn’t as high maintenance as these materials. It’s easy to manufacture and remains naturally lightweight and wrinkle-free.
We wanted a material that gives back to the Earth, and MicroModal does this. By investing in a closed-loop manufacturing process, we can minimise energy wastage and give back what we're taking from the environment. Not only is sourcing MicroModal planet-friendly, but making further changes to the fabric is too. MicroModal requires ten to twenty times less water to dye compared to cotton.
Benefits of MicroModal
- 50% more absorbent than cotton, keeping you fresher for longer.
- Doesn’t shrink, making washing a breeze and ensuring your underwear lasts more than a few wears.
- Breathable. MicroModal is ideal for any activity due to its breathability.
- Long-lasting. Being such a durable fabric means your MicroModal garments will last longer, reducing the need to buy more and throw old items away.
Natural versus synthetic materials
Natural fibres such as cotton, wool, silk and MicroModal are derived from plants, animals and minerals and usually have a hollow structure. This structure allows them to breathe which helps excess heat and odour to pass through the material, rather than remain in the clothes and against your body. By letting these particles pass through, our clothes become easier to breathe and we don’t have to deal with unwanted moisture making us feel uncomfortable.
Man-made materials like synthetics or more specifically polyester for example, are commonly used in undergarments. This material is both breathable and durable and is made up of a combination of coal and petroleum which meads to it having a tight structure. This structure limits the fabrics ability to breathe and ensure that moisture stays on the skin and because of this is unsuitable for warmer climates.
At Bon+Berg, we believe that MicroModal is the material behind long-lasting, sustainable underwear and is a significant step towards slowing down fast fashion. When we design and manufacture our products we do not compromise on anything that could potentially harm the environment and we are very mindful about where our products could one day end up.
If you are serious about learning more on the fight against fast fashion, you might also be interested in our blog post on how to throw away your clothes responsibly.