All the resources that go into F-abric are grown on European soil without harming it or demanding excessive amounts of water, according to the firm.

Looks like Freitag managed to rein in its supply-chain footprint, as well. “Compared to the production processes of more common textiles, the journey from fiber to finished product is just a short trip for F-abric, since all of the production stages take place within a 2500-kilometer radius of our factory in Zurich,” it says.

But form requires function, and so Freitag tapped a band of textile experts to design garments that would hold up to the rigors factory life and still look good.

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After several months of testing—the consensus was “very wearable!”—Freitag unveiled its inaugural F-abric collection, consisting of a work pant, a work dress, both short- and long-sleeve T-shirts for men and women, and, true to its roots, a backpack.

In the end, Freitag created F-abric because “no one likes to wear toxic clothing.” The entire line, which conforms to the highest Oeko-Tex standard, contains so few chemicals, you could “even swaddle a baby in it without having to worry at all,” it says.

And because F-abric garments, including their threads and selvage, are 100 percent compostable, end-of-life disposal is a cinch. “A piece of clothing thus becomes fertile soil for new raw materials and the cycle continues,” Freitag says.

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