About waxed cotton

Waxed cotton is a specialist textile that excels in a variety of settings such as jackets, footwear, luggage and other apparel.

These materials are gentle to the environment, using low-impact processes and by-products from other industries. Continue reading to learn about waxed cotton, find out about where it comes from and how it is produced.

Specialist textiles

About waxed cotton

Waxed cotton — the original performance fabric — is cotton which has been treated with a wax coating to produce a fabric which has water repellent properties. These waxes can be made from a number of sources — from paraffin and petroleum to natural waxes and innovative hybrid blends.

Waxes and oils are naturally occurring substances found in leaves, bean/seed coverings, animal furs and feathers. It is natures protection against the elements.

Waxed garments can be regularly reproofed to maintain performance for many years, making them uniquely sustainable. Many synthetic man-made fabrics end up in land fill once performance levels cannot be maintained through delamination.

Unlike PFC chemistry which has been produced to give hydrophobic effects, waxes offer this barrier naturally. There is therefore less impact on the environment using waxes as a water repellent.

Our petroleum jelly and paraffin waxes are bi-products from cracking crude oil to make fuels such as gasoline. meaning we make use of the waste product of this process. The processes used to apply the waxes to a cotton fabric are also low impact, meaning we do less damage to the environment than many established manufacturing methods.

Our waxes are fully biodegradable, PFC’s are extremely persistent in the environment

About waxed cotton

Stock availability explained

The ‘HS Collection’ is a range of fabrics that are in continuous production and offered on an “off the shelf” basis in a choice of colours. Ideal for express developments and orders we hold substantial stocks of these articles and are committed to replenishing the fabrics within a 8 weeks (if not available at the time of order).

Please note, The HS Collection includes all articles previously available as ‘Stock Supported’ or ‘Regular Running’ lines.

Bespoke manufacturing allows you to fully customise our fabric. We can colour match to any pantone or colour of your choice which can be dyed onto any fabric in our collection with any finish we offer.

*Lab work is required to be processed (Leadtime 2 weeks) and approved prior to production.

**Minimum order quantities apply and production lead-times of (8weeks) applies.

This product is suitable for luggage

Can be made in styles such as backpacks, satchels, laptop cases, cabin bags and suitcases.

Waxed cotton fabric suitable for luggage
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This product is suitable for accessories

Can be made into accessories such as gloves, hats, caps and belts.

Waxed cotton fabric suitable for accessories
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This product is suitable for footwear

Can be made into styles such as trainers, tennis shoes, hi-tops, boots and brogues.

Waxed cotton fabric suitable for footwear
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This product is suitable for apparel

Can be made into garments such as overshirts, jackets, coats and trousers.

Waxed cotton fabric suitable for apparel
About waxed cotton