• Dryad Collection:
    No skin
    No down
    No animals
    Only plants

  • For the respect of nature and its residents

  • Wearing a garment from the Dryad Collection means being surrounded by nature.

Dryad Collection

Wearing nature without resorting to animals.
This is the challenge given to himself by François Simard, founder of Vegetal Alternative.
Although a chemical engineer by training, it is through natural fibers that he forged his expertise in technical textiles. 
In 2016, he introduced an insulation made from milkweed fiber as an alternative to goose down. 
François Simard
Note : The name dryad designates the divinities associated to the trees and the forest
It took 5 years of a winding journey for the insulation known under the VEGETOTM brand to finally be available to everyone.
With the creation of a vegetal substitute for leather, under the VEGETECHTM brand, the DRYAD clothing collection reflects all of the company's values.
Vegetech

VEGETOTM Manufacturing Process

VEGETECHTM Manufacturing Process

Plant-Based Fibre Comforter

Superior Comfort – Hypoallergenic - Washable
Entirely designed and made in Canada
Fait au Canada
Made in Canada
Starting at $399.95
Delivery included in Canada
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Sleeveless jacket

VEGETOTM insulation 150 g/m2 quilted 3 inches
VEGETECHTM membrane outer shoulder linings
Fait au Canada
Made in Canada
  • Modèle DY57-W pour femmes
  • Modèle DY57-M pour hommes
Price: $225
Delivery included in Canada
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Mission

Design and offer high performance garments with plant fibres without animal products.

Values

Compassion for animals
Help improving animal wellbeing and reducing their industrial exploitation.
Collaboration
Avoid duplicating production capacities in favor of synergistic collaborations.
Creativity
Integrate science into an artistic vision.
Canada
Prioritize the production in Canada of clothing and its components.

History

The concern for animal welfare was the company founder’s motivation to develop plant-based alternatives for clothing components. However, the story begins a long time ago.

1988

Le souci du bienêtre animal a été la motivation du fondateur de l’entreprise à développer des alternatives végétales pour les composantes de vêtement. L’histoire débute il y a longtemps.

Les vêtements et accessoires militaires qui ont découlé de ses innovations ont contribué, d’ailleurs, à rendre l’armée canadienne, un modèle en matière de vêtement de protection.

2010

The year in which the shift to natural fibers took place, first by working with hemp and flax.

2012

Enters milkweed and its pod fibres which will culminate in 2021 with the first plant-based alternative to down under the VEGETOTM brand.

2014

Creation of the company Vegetal Alternative which brings together textile science activities in harmony with nature.

2017

Beginning of the development of an alternative to animal leather with equivalent properties leading to the arrival of VEGETECHTM at the same time as VEGETOTM.

2021

To better benefit the population of these milestones in the clothing industry, Vegetal Alternative has created the Dryad Collection. These are VEGETOTM insulated garments with VEGETECHMC applications.

Coming up

For the moment, we cannot produce a technical garment against the cold made up only of plant fibres, but work continues at Vegetal Alternative to reach this goal.

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