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Ark’s Natural Fabrics

There are 3 main fabrics that Ark use in their products:

Herringbone natural cotton

Cotton Poplin


Cotton is comfortable

To fully consider comfort we need to look at: softness, temperature regulation and breathability.  Softness – cotton fibres are substantially finer than other fibres, so the feel – also known as the ‘hand or hand-feel’ of the fabric – is very soft. Our cotton is also brushed to give it an even softer feel.

Cotton vs. Polyester: Polyester is an inexpensive fabric and is used on almost all pushchairs – but not so great for comfort for your child. Polyester is a man-made fabric, so it doesn’t have the same natural abilities to absorb moisture or trap air for insulation like cotton.  Moisture gets trapped in man-made fabrics but not absorbed, and if it’s summertime, then it’s just plain hot and sticky. Almost everyone sleeps on cotton sheets not polyester and we believe that your baby should too.

Cotton is temperature regulating

Cotton protects against from heat in the summer and cold in the winter by providing thermal insulation as the cotton fabric traps air between the fabric fibres. Air is the perfect insulator, and when trapped by the fibres in cotton next to the skin, helps with maintaining the perfect temperature for your baby.

Cotton is breathable

It’s an all natural breathable fabric and can be the perfect option to keep you cool and dry.

Cotton draws moisture away from the body through it’s special hollow fibres and the moisture evaporates through the fabric, allowing the skin to ‘breathe’.

The International Forum for Cotton Promotion states that cotton can take up to one-fifth of its weight in water before feeling damp!

Cotton doesn’t harm your baby’s skin

Fabrics that irritate the skin are probably not the fabric itself that’s irritating, but the chemicals that can be found in synthetic fabric treatments. Even if some of these chemicals get washed out during production, the chemicals and dyes used to treat the fabric comes in contact with your body. Fire retardant treatments are legally required for most non-natural fabrics in pushchairs and these are not washed out in production processes but have to remain on the fabric to pass the standards. Cotton is so comfortable because nature made it that way and it’s naturally fire retardant and so doesn’t need harmful chemicals spraying on it. That’s why we work with nature’s amazing fabrics to ensure no irritation on your baby’s skin.

Cotton supports farmers and communities

Cotton fibre is grown on farms, not produced in factories. As a crop, it is planted in more than 100 countries around the world and contributes to the livelihoods of 300 million farming families and their communities.

Sleep better with cotton

Research has shown that you get a better night’s sleep on cotton sheets than sheets made from synthetic fibres. This is because cotton allows your skin to breathe and it doesn’t trap heat under the cover as described in the above section on breath-ability. 

Cotton is naturally sustainable

Cotton is made from plants, not plastics. It is a renewable resource that is 100% natural. Unlike synthetics, cotton is fully biodegradable. It breaks down fast in the ground or in water, so it does not contribute to the micro-plastic pollution problem in our oceans or the landfill problem. As cotton is breathable and doesn’t retain odours as synthetic fabrics do, cotton requires fewer washes between wears. Not only does this save time, it also saves money, water and energy, and helps your Ark accessories last longer.

Cotton is hypoallergenic

Cotton is natural and hypoallergenic. It is gentle on the skin and so is the perfect choice for people with allergies and respiratory conditions such as asthma. Because of its hypoallergenic nature, cotton is an excellent choice for towels, bedding, baby clothes and, we believe, pushchairs and accessories!

Cotton fabric rarely causes allergic reactions and wearing cotton is often recommended for those with skin allergies. Because cotton is hypoallergenic and does not irritate skin, it is used in medical products like bandages and gauze, and is the fabric of choice when it comes to baby clothing. This is why we insist on this next to baby’s skin on all our products.

Cotton is high-tech

 Because of it’s versatility, heat-resistance and suitability for blending, cotton has long been considered an ideal material for functional fabrics. Functional fabrics are materials designed or engineered to meet specific performance requirements. 

Our seat pad, for example, uses a highly durable heavyweight cotton yarn that is woven in a herringbone pattern making it highly durable. We take the best of nature’s produce and combine it with latest technical thinking to create the perfect fabrics to be high functioning and kind to your child’s precious skin.

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