Simple Care Instructions For Your Alchymeic Happy Cushion
Air your cushion out in the sun for occasional cleansing and freshening. Swat the cushion to fluff and shape especially with the wool filling. Note that over time the wool is going to settle and become more compact. If you get a stain on the fabric, spot clean with an ‘Earth friendly’ cleaning agent or a solution of 1:3 parts white vinegar and water scrub and expose to the sun. You may wash the outer cover by unzipping and removing the inner bag; turn fabric inside out and hand wash alone in cold water using mild ‘earth friendly’ detergent that is fully dissolved before inserting fabric into water. Lay flat to dry, not in full sun for hours or your material may fade in colour. It is not recommended to wash the wool inner cushion. (It could turn into felt!) Just remove the inner cushion and air this part out in direct sunlight. Sunlight is a natural freshener for pure wool. The corn filled inner can be hand washed and line dried.
The Outside Material
The outside material selected is a combination of Hemp & Organic Cotton or Hemp & Silk. The choice to use Hemp was for many reasons. It is one of the most environmentally sustainable crops that can grow quickly in almost any climate and is naturally resistant to pests. The plant prevents soil erosion and leaves soil in a better condition than before the crop was planted (It is noted to absorb heavy-metal contaminants in the soil.) Industrial hemp use dates back to the Stone Age. This is the form of Cannabis Sativa, L. that has none of the psychoactive properties of marijuana. The material is anti-bacterial and durable, allowing you years of wear.
Your inner cushion comes with a zipper – this means that you can remove the inner filling depending on the firmness you require. This also means that in years to come you can replace with fresh inner stuffing of corn fibre or eco-wool. Note that corn fibre can be used for both soft and firm fills. The more you stuff, the firmer the feel, the same goes for the eco-wool.
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF INNER STUFFING AVAILABLE:
100% Eco-Wool – (Standardly used)
Wool is considered a luxury fibre and is generally more expensive than alternative synthetic and eco-options. This wool comes from Australian Dorset Horn Sheep, selected for their springy bouncy quality fleece, allowing this cushion to retain its resiliency through continuous sitting moments. This wool is eco cleaned according to organic requirements, which is called ‘scouring’ vs. the conventional toxic technique called ‘carbonising’. Wool has many qualities, i.e. breathability, naturally antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial. It is also naturally stain resistant, fire resistant and generally easy to maintain. Being a natural product is is 100% biodegradable and compostable.
100% Corn Fibre (Used upon request)
From 100% non- genetically modified corn. The fibre is extremely soft whilst maintaining its shape and resilience. It is 100% biodegradable & compostable, naturally hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, odour free and contains a very low flammability rating. This is due to a high LOI index, which means the fibre requires more oxygen to ignite than any other fibres on the market. The fibre also upholds excellent wicking and moisture management properties, keeping you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. Manufactured in Australia.
How is Corn Fiber derived?
Sugars are extracted from the corn, and then put through a fermentation process. These sugars set into a polymer resin, which is used to create the fibre. Although the fibre itself comes from cornstarch, which generates a lactic acid (the basis for a polymer) by fermentation, it is not “natural” since there is chemical transformation. It is however considered ‘renewable’ since it does not come from a fossil product. It is a promising alternative to synthetic fibres because in manufacturing this fiber when compared to polyester/petroleum-based plastics, more than one tone of CO2 emission is saved per tone of fiber. This equates to less than 60% fossil fuel usage when compared to traditional synthetic fibers.
Your inner cushion comes also with a zipper – thus this means that you can remove the inner filling depending on the firmness you require. This also means that in years to come you can replace with fresh inner stuffing of corn fibre or eco-wool. Note that corn fibre can be used for both soft and firm fills. The more you stuff, the firmer the feel, the same goes for the eco-wool.
The Happy Cushion comes wrapped in biodegradable cellophane, which protects the fabric in transport from dirt, and odours and it can be composted.
We do offer refilling of your inner filling. Please enquire if this is required in the future.
That you write you name and phone number on a tag and place on the inside of your Happy Cushion if you plan to travel with it.