About Disana

The Disana Nappy System - the natural, organic choice for baby...as easy as 1.2.3...

1. Choose your Nappy, 2. Choose your Booster, 3. Choose your Cover ... What could be simplier? What could be better? What could be more organic?

Disana Philosophy

"Natural textiles for babies and toddlers - that is what the name disana has stood for over 20 years"

Children are our most valuable asset and need the greatest love and protection. For over 25 years, Disana, have been making quality products from pure natural and organic fibres - offering a healthy 'second skin' - clothing produced under strictly controlled ecological conditions.

Founded with love for Mother Nature, Disana is still a family owned and operated business.  Skilled artisanship, innovative technique and the love for detail characterize Disana products.

Even all extras like buttons and seeing thread are made from naturally recurring raw materials. From the cultivation of the raw  materials through to the completed garments, every stage of Disana's work complies with the ecological (organic) requirements. This is controlled by independent bodies and substantiated by regular chemical analysis of our products. Almost all disana products are produced exclusively in the Disana facility, guaranteeing the handmade quality of the garments. This also provides secure employment for people within the local region. 

All the products and garments are made of pure natural fibres - organic, biodynamic wool, organic cotton and silk. 

Disana's Ecological Credentials

Only selected natural fabric like organic grown cotton, wool and silk are used for disana products. As a member of the International Association for Natural Textiles Industry (IVN), Disana is committed to obey the strict ecological guidelines for the selection of raw materials and the production process. This process is monitored and checked by independent institutes.

Disana is dedicated to producing fabrics which met the highest ecological demands. Whether these are items from the children's clothing range or from the home textiles series, as well as functionality, the main focus is always on eco-friendliness.

Disana is the founding member of the International Association for Natural Textiles Industry (IVN) and are committed to adhering to its guidelines for natural textile production; these are recognised as the most comprehensive strictest guidelines in the world. Strict compliance with environmental and social standards is just as much a part of these guidelines as full transparency during the acquisition and processing of raw materials.

Disana was one of the first companies to receive the BEST organic textile label and Global Organic Textile Standard label for many of its products. This sign of quality is conferred after a long, extensive certification and testing process, and indicates organic textiles of the highest ecological quality.

Disana believe in pure, unspoiled nature right from the moment of selecting the raw materials. Only organic cotton and pure organic new wool which as been independently inspected and certified is used for Disana. Disana are not only concerned about avoiding contaminants in the fibres of the thread: people's living conditions and environmental protection in the the countries where they are cultivated are also important criteria bearing equal responsibility, just like all the other links in the production chain.

When selecting suppliers, Disana trusts in partnerships, many of which have lasted for years. Disana's suppliers are also obliged to comply with the IVN guidelines and provide detailed documentary proof. Every working stage, every substance used in production and every auxiliary material is checked for conformity with these guidelines, their use precisely monitored and recorded. This process is often very complicated and generally also more expensive, but it is the only way to ensure that all production steps meet the high standards for craftsmanship and ecological quality.

The threads and fabrics produced are processed exclusively at Disana and nearby partner factories to allow constant monitoring of all steps of production and take action when required. A lot of details make this process a success. It is not only the threads and fabrics which are subject to strict regulations: the ingredients and additional materials such as sewing thread, buttons etc - even the lubricating oil in the knitting machines - have to be checked for conformity with the guidelines and their usage documented.

Yearly certification by independent institutes and regular analysis of samples provide documentary evidence of the hard work and make the production of the organic textiles even safer.

Disana Sizing

Newborn 62/68, 2.5kg to 5kg, 0-6 mths
Medium 74/80, 5kg to 8kg, 6-12 mths
Large 86/92, 8kg to 12kg, 12-24mths
X Large 98/104, 10kg to 15kg, 2-3 years
XX Large 110/116, 15kg plus, 4-5 years


Note: Disana sizing is considered generous and sizes will often last a long time, making the items quite economical. Disana clothing is in European sizing, which may be more generous than Australia sizing and is designed to be worn over the Disana Cloth Nappy System. If using some other nappy systems or disposables, you may find you need a size smaller.  As a guide my 19mth old boy still has plenty of room in size 86/92 and I can see this size lasting another year.  We are also still using some of the 74/80 size without a problem. 

 

Disana Fabrics

Pure New Wool

  • Keeps your body warm and allows the skin to breathe 
  • Is naturally dirt and odour repellent 
  • Is naturally absorbent 
  • Relaxes easily from creasing 
  • Is colour fast 
  • Pure new wool is easy to care for by following the washing instructions on the label

According to legal textile labelling, pure new wool is hair shorn from an animal and worked for the first time. By contrast, "pure wool" may also contain recycled wool or "shoddy". Pure new wool is used in about 5% of world fibre production.

Pure new wool is the oldest fire used by mankind. Thousands of years before Christ, the Egyptians are Chinese were already raising sheep for wool. In the iron age, before the invention of shears, the wool was plucked - shearing came only later.

Wool fibre consist of chains of protein molecules (Keratin) and is similar in consistency to human hair. Surrounded by scales, groups of these protein molecule chains spiral themselves around each other within the fibres and result in a change in form. Pure new wool is produced first by the shearing of the wool coat of the sheep as a whole single piece. After washing, the wool fibres are spun into yarn. The wool is separated according to quality. For the production of clothing textiles, the so-called fine wools are important, mainly those from Merino sheep, as these wools are used for outerwear, scarves and socks. The number one country for pure new wool is Australia. New Zealand and Argentina are also important wool exporters, and the wool for Disana products is produced in Argentina.

Wool keeps you warm because its naturally crinkled fibres hold in a lot of air. Wool balances temperature and provides extra body heat in cooler surroundings. Pure new wool can absorb up to a third of its own weight in moisture without feeling damp. Thanks to it lanolin content, the fibre also offers protection from external wetness, with pearls of water forming on its surface. Wool is not electro statically charged, and it attraction therefore, to dirt or odour, is minimal. One of the main advantages of wool is its highly flexible texture which makes it virtually crease resistant.

Snugly pre new wool is used in Disana PlusSet for babies' and toddlers' outerwear. In the Disana Nappy set, the boiled wool or the woollen nappy pants ensure that the outside remains dry.

 

Organic Cotton

Cotton is the purified fibre of the seed capsules of the cotton plant. Cotton is by far the most frequently used fibre of the Textile Industry. Over 50% of all fibres used are cotton fibres.

In 3000 B.C., cotton was already being grown in India. It was brought by the Indians to China. By this time, the Incas too were already using cotton. Between the eighth and tenth centuries A.D., the Arabs brought the culture of cotton from Persia to North Africa, Sicily and Southern Spain.

The cotton fibre itself consists of cellulose (carbohydrates); an inner vacuum is surrounded by several layers of cellulose, similar to the layers inside an onion. Its chemical composition as a carbohydrate fibre makes cotton considerably less sensitive to heat and mechanical pressure. Cotton, a mallow plant, grows as a shrub and reaches a height of about 25cm to 2 metres. After blossoming, the capsule opens up and seed hairs emerge from it. These seed hairs are the cotton fibres which after spinning, are worked into a spinning yarn.

One of the most important properties of cotton is the length of the fibres, the so called 'stack length' Although cotton is a natural fibre, its cultivation is often problematic and involves high usage of water and agricultural chemicals. Cotton is grown on approximately 1% of the earth's usable agricultural surface. This 1% of land however takes up approximately 20% of all agricultural chemicals used world-wide.

Cotton can absorb about 20% of its own weight in moisture without feeling wet.

It is pleasantly soft to wear, is permeable to air and actively breathes. It is highly resistant to friction and tearing. It tolerates high temperatures and can easily be washed at over 150C. For this reason, cotton is the best material for sterile items in the medical field.

Cotton is a regular component of many items of the Disana product range. In the Disana Nappy Set, cotton is used whenever high fluid absorbency is required - namely in nappies and liners. Once absorbed, the fluid is quickly distributed over the whole textile. A knitted nappy with a weight of 85g can therefore absorb and contain up to 100ml of fluid. Thanks to its chemical composition as a carbohydrate fibre, cotton is resistant to heat, mechanical pressure and many chemicals. It can therefore easily be machine washed at 95C. A hot iron will increase the volume of the cotton and leave it feeling softer and fluffier.

Pure Silk

  • Is very skin friendly and soft to the touch 
  • Is comfortably cool on the skin 
  • Soothes irritated skin and can impede inflammation 
  • The silk used in Disana products (Bourette Silk) still contains plenty of the natural silk harl, that contains anti microbial substances, which can reduce skin irritations and inflammations. Bourette silk products should be worn directly next to the skin in order to get the full benefit from these natural properties. 

According to legal textile labelling, only fibres produced from the cocoons of silk-spinning insects may be labelled as silk. Silk has less than 1% share of world fibre production. 5000 years ago, the Chinese began to produce silk and they were able to keep the secret of its production for over 3000 years. 

Mulberry silk moths, which deliver silk for breeding production play the most important part in silk production. So-called "wild silk" is produced from the cocoons of the Tussah moths. For the production of the thread, the cocoons are soaked in hot water and brushed. The threads form 3 to 8 cocoons are unreeled together, giving about 300-800 metres of raw silk thread. 10-11 cocoons are required to produce 1kg of raw silk.

In the production of mulberry silk only a certain middle section of the cocoon can be unreeled. The remaining part of the cocoon is used in the production of raw silk. Raw silk is less even and slightly knobbled, It is duller and more substantial than other types of silk. Silk can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in fluid without feeling damp.

Raw silk contains many antimicrobial materials. The healing and anti-inflammatory properties of these antimicrobial materials is also effective on human skin. Silk also feels pleasantly smooth and cool to ware. Disana Nursing Pads are part raw silk which cools the mother's breasts which may become sore and even inflamed from feeding.

Raw silk in the Disana Silk Nappy Liner is always effective when baby's bottom becomes sore. Placed directly on baby's skin, the healing properties of raw silk work quickly and any redness is soon cleared up without any use of powder or cream.

Silk is very sensitive to high temperatures and will shrink if washed in too hot water. It easily gets dirty, but with correct washing, the dirt is quickly released from the silk fibres. Silk articles must be treated with care. We recommend  Sonett Olive Washing liquid for Wool and Silk .

  • Hand Wash 
  • Do not Bleach or Tumble dry 
  • Iron damp at about 150C 
  • Do not dry-clean 

 

Care of Disana Wool products

Wool is similar in its consistency to human hair. Therefore, as with hair washing, only the mildest detergent should be used. Wool absorbs little dirt. The scales on the surface of the fibres effectively repel dirt. Woollen clothing therefore seldom needs to be washed and usually a thorough airing will suffice.

We recommend the Sonett Olive Washing liquid for Wool and Silk for washing the Disana Wool and Silk Products. It is free from preservatives and perfume and therefore will be gentle to your wool and your babies' skin.  Sonett Wool Care will replenish the lanolin in babies' woollen nappy pants and return the natural elasticity to highly stressed woollen fabrics.

  • Hand wash, warm water with a maximum temperature of 30C.  
  • Do not leave to soak, do not rub, do not brush or wring.  Simply dip gently into the water and rinse thoroughly. 
  • Wrap into towel to express any excess water, pull into shape and leave to dry naturally on a towel on a flat surface. 
  • Never dry on a heater or tumble dry. 
  • Do not bleach 
  • Iron if necessary with medium heat on damp cloth with steam. 
  • Dry-cleaning allowed. 
  • Do not tumble dry.

Disana Colours