Picture Organic Clothing's Harvest jacket swaps petroleum-based materials for sustainable castor oil fabric. Alf Alderson investigates...
Picture Organic Clothing is now such a part of the winter sports scene, particularly in the French Alps, that it’s difficult to believe the brand has only been in existence since 2008. Their major selling point right from the start has been to produce high-quality technical ski gear that’s manufactured as sustainably as possible, and the Harvest jacket and bib pants are no exception.
Indeed, the Harvest jacket has won multiple awards for its ‘eco-engineering’, and Picture claims that it’s the most eco-friendly garment in their range. What this means is that the jacket (and the pants) feature a highly waterproof and breathable (20K mm waterproof/ 20K g breathability) Dryplay Biosource membrane made with Pebax Renewable technology, whilst the membrane itself is made from castor oil. This is derived, of course, from castor seeds, and is actually nothing new – clothes have been made from castor seeds since the 1950s but as Picture points out:
"the process slowly disappeared with the arrival of plastics. Seventy years later, Picture is proud to participate in reviving this process in order to move away from using petroleum-based materials and end our oil dependency”.
Indeed, the company say this is the first step in its mission to produce clothing that has ‘zero oil’ content.