Our sample testing process for our first line, the Classic Collection, is moving right along, and we hope to be able to share our third piece that will complete the collection very soon. In the meantime, we decided to test a different fabric and create a second test set of our calf-length running pants.
In black, these pants will go with everything, and they'll be perfect for spring, which is when we hope to be able to ship our first orders!
But the most exciting thing about these pants is the fabric. In searching for sustainable materials, we found this fabric that's made out of recycled polyester treated with chitosante (and mixed with spandex).
Chitosante is made out of leftover shells that would have otherwise been discarded, making it a sustainable resource. There's not a ton of information out there on this material (at least not in the way it's used in apparel), but from what I can tell, discarded crab and shrimp shells are collected to make a biomass called Chitosan, which is in turn produced into a treatment suitable for clothing -- chitosante!
So why is chitosante good news? Aside from being environmentally friendly, chitosante is durable, non-toxic, naturally anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, and the best part -- it reduces odors! This is excellent news for runners and athletes of all kinds.
We're wear-testing the pants now, and we'll share our testing report with you soon!
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*Note: According to WebMD, chitosan likely does not present a threat those with a shellfish allergy, since the shells are not what triggers an allergic reaction - however, we encourage those with an allergy to use caution.