The sustainable wardrobe: natural fabric selection.

Having a sustainable wardrobe is no easy feat.

Today we will look into the fabrics we choose and how they impact the quality of our clothes as well as the environment.

Where do we start? I think we can start from understanding what fabrics we find in the shops, how they are made and what are the eco-friendly alternatives.

Episode 1: Natural Fabric Selection


 

NATURAL FABRICS SELECTION

 
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COTTON

  • Soft,

  • Comfortable,

  • Durable,

  • Breathable,

  • Suitable for cold and warm seasons.

    REGULAR COTTON: 

  • Requires pesticides and fertilizers that pollute soil and water.
  • Common use of Genetically Modified seeds. 
  • Can be recycled.

  • Biodegrade.

    🌿 ORGANIC COTTON: 

  • Consumes a tremendous amount of water and land.
  • Grown without chemicals or GM seeds. 
  • Can be recycled.

  • Biodegrade.

   🌿 RECYCLED COTTON: 

  • Require less energy, water and no land. 
  • Usually mixed with new cotton fibre. 
 

HEMP:

  • Strong,

  • Durable,

  • Breathable,

  • Perfect for hot climates and weather,

  • UV resistant.

🌿 ORGANIC HEMP: 

  • Do not require pesticides and fertilizers.

  • Consume less water.

  • Can be recycled.

  • Biodegrade.

LINEN

  • Breathable,

  • Perfect for hot climates and weather,

  • Strong,

  • Durable,

  • Great SPF.

🌿 ORGANIC LINEN: 

  • Do not require pesticides and fertilizers.

  • Consume less water.

  • Can be recycled.

  • Biodegrade.

 
SILK, SUSTAINABILITY

SILK:

  • Versatile,

  • Soft,

  • Comfortable,

  • Strong,

  • Perfect for cold and warm seasons.

 

REGULAR SILK: 

  • Silkworms are killed by boiling water before they transformed into the moths.
  • Can be recycled.

  • Biodegrade.

🌿 AHIMSA or PEACE SILK: 

  • Cruelty-free.
  • Can be recycled.

  • Biodegrade.

 
WOOL, SUSTAINABILITY

WOOL TYPES:

  • sheep’s wool,
  • merino wool,
  • mohair wool,
  • angora wool,
  • cashmere wool,
  • 🌿 alpaca wool,
  • 🌿 recycled wool,
  • 🌿 regenerated cashmere,
  • 🌿 recycled cashmere.

WOOL: 

  • Strong,

  • Durable,

  • Dirt-resistant,

  • Breathable,

  • Suitable for warm and cold seasons,

  • Resist snagging and breaking.

 

WOOL SUSTAINABILITY:

  • Sheep and goats release methane, which contribute to climate change.

  • Requires pesticides and insecticides that are toxic for animals and pollute soil and water.

  • Animal Abuse.

  • Can be organic and cruelty-free.

  • Can be recycled.

  • Biodegrade.

 

What are your go-to sustainable fabrics? Let’s chat!