Our Designer Collection
At the forefront of Melco Fabrics is our commitment to ethical and sustainable textiles practices. For this reason, we have moved all of our manufacturing to Australia. We work closely with the fabric mill and printers to ensure the low impact on the environment, and workers are paid a fair living wage. We look forward to being transparent in showing behind the scenes of the manufacturing process.
Melco Fabrics has partnered with Australian and International artists to bring you a curated collection of designer prints. We are excited to offer these designs on our Australian milled fabric bases. I encourage you to peruse the artist profiles, as each artist has a very unique style and aesthetic.
Water waste and pollution from the textiles industry are one of the largest contributors to damaging the environment. According to Sensorex [ Water Waste in the Textile Industry & Environmental Impacts - Sensorex ], "the textiles industry alone is responsible for upwards of 35% of all microplastics that are released into the environment".
In addition, "every day, over 700 children under 5 die from diarrhoea linked to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene" [ Water and the global climate crisis: 10 things you should know | UNICEF ]. That's why at Melco we want to ensure that the manufacturing process of our fabrics is kind to humans and the environment.
At Melco, we work closely with our Australian textiles mill to minimize negative impacts on the environment. This is done at our Australian textiles mill by:
- 30% of the facilities' power is generated through its own source of solar power.
- The mill has a strict water management plan in place to ensure no water waste runs off into waterways. This is achieved by recycling water used in the dyeing process. The water is stored in large tanks onsite and then reused in non-sensitive dyeing processes. In circumstances where wastewater cannot be recycled, it is treated at the onsite effluent plant so that it can safely re-enter the environment.
- The mill is ECO Biz accredited and works closely alongside CCIQ to reduce overall waste and energy usage. In 2021, energy usage was reduced by 28.9% and water usage was reduced by 17% (compared to the previous year).
We aim to reduce textile waste at Melco in our everyday business practices. Fabric that has flaws, when possible is sold in 'seconds sales', this provides a great opportunity for customers to try Melco Fabrics at a discounted rate but also reduces fabric going into landfill. When a fabric is not able to be sold in a seconds sale it is used as 'fabric ties' in the warehouse or cut into pieces for samples.
Our digitally printed fabrics
At Melco, we utilize world-class technology to deliver the latest in digitally printed fabrics. Our printing process offers eco-friendly inks, lower impact production, zero wastewater, and diminished batch pollutants.
Our pattern/print fabrics are offered on a 'pre-order' basis to reduce overproduction and textiles waste.
We look forward to offering all textile lovers the opportunity to experience our curated collection of Australian-made fabrics.
Love the colour, love the feel and love most of all that this is Australian made! More please!
I love all my beautiful fabrics from Melco, so cute
Good quality, washes well and didn't appear to shrink. Haven't made it up yet, still trying to find a nice pattern but it should make up well.
Nice and appealing material, easy to sew. Made a carry bag out of it, even after a wash it retained good strength.
I love the Melco sewing evenings! You get to meet like minded people who share a passion for sewing and Fabrics. There is always plenty of laughter and of course the opportunity to buy some awesome quality Melco fabric. An excellent evening.
I was really impressed at how accurate the colour on the website was to what was delivered. It's a beautiful deep colour and a gorgeous light-medium weight.
Look forward to sewing up Swimstyle's Karla lounge set in this.
Being slightly rural to Melbourne, I was worried about the delivery notification. Mel contacted me personally & advised the delivery process.
Sure enough, I got my delivery the next day. Very impressed with Melco's customer service.
I purchased this print in Cotton Poplin for my little granddaughter. The sweet print and pretty colours are just perfect for a little girls dress. The Cotton Poplin drapes beautifully for a shirred dress. My daughter loved the fabric so much that I have just purchased anther 3.5 metres of this print in Cotton Poplin to make her a matching dress for her daughter. Colours on the photo are true.
The linen is lovely to sew with and feels soft. It wears well as it does not crush easily.
I love the look and feel of this fanpbric and knowing it’s a unique Australian print makes it even better. I’m looking forward to finishing sewing this fabric, it’s cut out ready to start today. I’m making the Isla top from Atelier Scammit, a French pattern company. The pattern is free to download on their website.
Mel was great, the samples received were just as I had hoped, I haven't ordered anything as yet, but certainly will do in the near future. Just need to find a bit more time to sew. Beautiful samples, very helpful, always nice to feel the fabric before purchasing.
LOVE love love
Cute design. Can't wait to make it up for my granddaughter.
True to colour, lovely soft fabric
This fabric is Devine, I love the quality, colour and feel to it. I can't wait to make something with it.
I made some beautiful Christmas Scrubs with the poplin. It washed up really nicely after arriving a touch stiff. After a wash it was nice and soft and really easy to sew up. Amazing!