Interwoven l Organic Cotton
Collective Canvas was started with a simple desire – to create modern, minimalist interpretations of the classic canvas sneakers we grew up in, and to do it in a manner that was as responsible as possible.
Beyond the natural rubber that goes into our soles, the material that our uppers are made of comprises the second largest material input into our sneakers. For us, organic cotton was the ideal choice for a textile that is durable, sustainably produced, and ultimately biodegradable at the end of its life.
While a natural product, conventional cotton is far from sustainable, having been shown to use as much as 25% of the world’s insecticides and more than 10% of the world’s pesticides. In addition, the World Health Organisation estimates 20,000 deaths each year are a result of pesticide poisoning in developing countries.
In contrast, organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides, insecticides, or GMO seeds, and is grown using far less water, helping further reduce its impact on the environment. As a result, it’s kinder on the farmers and those that live in the immediate area, as well as everyone downstream involved in turning this natural crop into a durable textile.
All our sneakers are made using a medium to heavyweight cotton duck canvas. The name ‘duck’ comes from the dutch word ‘doek’ meaning cloth or linen cloth, and is a more tightly woven form of canvas where the horizontal ‘weft’ is comprised of two twisted yarns and the vertical ‘warp’ a single yarn.
Because of this tight weave, duck canvas is typically more durable and weather resistant than standard canvas, and over the years has been used in everything from workwear and sneakers to tents and ship sails. As a naturally derived product, its exceptionally strong and durable while still being breathable and a biodegradable product.