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about sun protective fabric

Most of our fabric is made from 67.5% bamboo fibers. Some of our fabrics are triple-brushed, super soft 92% Polyester and 8% Spandex. Lastly, swimsuits are made from recycled plastic bottles, 83% Repreve Recycled Polyester 17% Spandex.

Our sun protection comes from the construction of the fabric: a proprietary blend of bamboo, cotton and spandex that provides the best quality sun protection and lightweight comfort. Bamboo is an extremely soft fabric that is preferred for sensitive or eczema-prone skin.



scientifially tested

Independently tested Ultraviolet Protection Factor of 50+ blocks 98% of UVA/UVB rays.


Environmentally friendly and chemical free, there are no pesticides used in growing bamboo, and our graphics are made from an water-based ink. Toxin free and eczema safe.

antibacterial fabric

And anti-fungal, our fabric is naturally odor resistant.

durable fabric

Stronger than traditional cotton shirts.

moisture wicking absorbant fabric

Absorbs 4 times more moisture than cotton.

lightweight fabric

Ultra lightweight fabric works as a perfect wardrobe staple.

breathable fabric

Cooler than traditional fabrics of similar weave, more breathable than 100% cotton.

super soft fabric

Bamboo is an extremely soft fabric, and repeated washing only increases its comfort. Our clothing is also tagless.

easy care fabric

Naturally stain resistant.  Laundering only enhances our clothing's sun protection.




Our fabric has been independently tested for ultraviolet protection by the standard testing for sun protective clothing AATCC Test Method 183 (Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals), and was given the highest rating: Ultraviolet Protection Factor 50+. The AATCC Test Method 183 is the standard method used to measure ultaviolet radiation transmitted through fabric as determined by spectrophotometery. Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating for clothing is similar to the SPF rating for sunscreen.

UPF indicates:

  • The fabric’s effectiveness at blocking ultraviolet radiation that causes sun burns, skin damage and skin cancer.
  • A rating of 50 means that over 98% of ultraviolet radiation is blocked.
  • A white cotton T-shirt has a UPF rating around 5-10.

Sun protection of fabric is determined by the weave, color and weight. Increased sun protection is found in fabrics that are a tighter weave, darker color or heavier weight. However, during the summer a lighter color and weight are preferred. That’s why we developed a fabric that provides the highest UPF that is ultra lightweight and breathable without the use of chemicals.


approved by melanoma international foundationLittle Leaves Clothing received the seal of approval for sun protective apparel from the Melanoma International Foundation (MIF).

Little Leaves clothing is in alignment with MIF’s mission to promote the early detection and prevention of melanoma. It is also established as a high quality, unique product. Independent testing has proven its effectiveness reducing the risk of skin cancer and melanoma when worn properly and used in conjunction with MIF’s recommended practices of seeking shade, avoiding sun during high risk hours of exposure and other sun safe behaviors.

Read more at:http://melanomainternational.org/who-we-are/mifs-seal-of-approval/

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