What is SOY Fabric ?
This eco friendly fabric is derived from food production waste as it is made from the hulls of soy beans. SOY is a soft and luxurious fabric. Sometimes called the “vegetable cashmere”, soy is silky soft, easy to care for and absorbs dyes quickly, requiring less dye-stuffs.
Advantages of SOY fabrics
Eco Print : 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 much biodegradable that you could throw it on your compost pile when it wears out.
Soft 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.
Moisture Absorbent : This eco friendly fabric has excellent absorption qualities which allow perspiration to evaporate. This makes it cool and comfortable during hot weather.
Anti Bacterial : Do to its moisture management soy textiles are also anti bacterial.
UV Resistant : This eco fabric will also protect you from the sun with its UV resistant qualities.
Disadvantages of SOY fabrics
Not as strong as cotton or hemp.
Caring for SOY fabrics
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) and the dryer. 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.
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.