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Natural materials for your packaging: a pledge of quality!

The use of natural fibers in the textile industry is much older than the synthetic fibers that arrived in the 20th century.  Because they are resistant and silky, they allow the creation of quality packaging, in different materials that last over time. And that makes all the difference with your customers! 

As manufacturers of custom packaging since 1869, Les Etuis Mirault have modernized their machinery to produce on a larger scale while guaranteeing artisanal finishing touches, regardless of the fiber used. Our skills go even further: entrust us with the creation of your own fabric: certified natural fibers, weaves, custom colors… so many possibilities within your reach.

What are the different types of natural fibers ?

Natural animal fibers

As their name suggests, animal fibers are produced by animals: 

  • Silk: it comes from the cocoon made by the caterpillar of the bombyx, also called “silkworm”.
  • Leathers: they are obtained from the tanning of animal skin into a non-rotting and durable material.
  • Wools: mohair, angora, alpaca… Thanks to its bactericidal properties, wool does not need regular washing. It also has great thermal properties.
  • Cashmere: it comes from the undercoat of cashmere goats. Warmer and lighter than wool, it has great insulating properties and regulates humidity.

Natural plant fibers

These fibers are found in plants, either in the leaves, stems, fruits or seeds. Among the vegetable fibers, we can quote:

  • Cotton and organic cotton. The production of cotton requires a lot of water. However, organic cotton saves more than 90% of the water used in conventional cotton production.
  • Linen: it is an ecological fiber by nature because it consumes little water. The stem is used to extract the linen fibers.
  • Jute fabric: it is made from jute or sisal fibers. These are extracted from plants grown in hot and humid regions.
  • Hemp: it is a textile fiber that is extracted from the plant Cannabis Sativa L.
  • Coconut fiber: it comes from the fibrous envelope that surrounds and protects the coconut (coconut fluff).
  • Cork: it comes from the bark of a tree called the cork oak. It is found in Spain, Portugal, Morocco but also in Algeria and Tunisia.

What are the advantages of natural textile fibers?

  • Some natural fibers are ecological. They are known as eco-responsible materials because their impact on the environment is small. If you choose organic fabrics such as organic cotton, then water, pesticides, and fertilizer are considerably reduced during production.
  • They are biodegradable, unlike synthetic fibers obtained from petrochemicals and plastics.
  • They are comfortable. Softer and more pleasant to wear, they also keep the warmth more effectively and have a better breathability.

Artificial fibers: halfway between natural and synthetic materials

  • The viscose or artificial silk
  • The bamboo viscose
  • The Tencel-Lyocell
  • The modal

These fibers are obtained from the transformation of wood pulp, eucalyptus or cotton into a spinnable material by different chemical processes.

The vegetable fibers are reduced to pulp and mixed with chemicals to obtain filaments that will be spun to obtain a fabric.

Natural materials and recyclable materials

Fabrics made from natural materials are easily recyclable because they are composed of a single fiber. Conversely, textiles made of multiple materials are more difficult to recycle because it is necessary to separate the different fibers.

Some of our
creations made
with natural fibers