Enough fuss about sustainable Fashion!!
Well, sometimes the fuss is worth the cause it is attached with. Textile being the second most polluting industry requires us as an individual to seriously reconsider our buying patterns. The concept of sustainable fashion involves considerations of every aspect right from fabric manufacturing to raw material procurement, ethical business practices, supply chain practices, and impact policies. In short, it encapsulates everything from obtaining resources from the earth to the disposal of end products in the landfill.
And at the crux of sustainable fashion lies the fabric. Owe it to the increased awareness about sustainable fashion or innovations at the core, we can find ourselves loaded with alternatives for sustainable fabrics. It’s important that you have an answer to what my garment is made of? It is only when we inculcate regular use of sustainable fabrics in our wardrobe would we see a positive impact on our landfills and Carbon emissions
But what are sustainable fabrics?
Simply put, the fabrics that are manufactured ethically, in absence of harmful chemical processes using the raw materials procured or grown through sustainable practices make up for the Eco- Friendly Fabrics. Manufacturing sustainable fabrics won’t promote the exploitation of Earth’s resources unnecessarily. In fact, the very focus would lie on how to create a fabric that would lead to the least carbon footprint.
Also, correct yourself of the notion that every natural fabric is sustainable and sustainable fabrics are only Natural.
Well, now that you have known everything that you should in a brief, let’s incorporate these 9 eco-friendly fabrics into our everyday fashion.
Hemp could be regarded as the most eco-friendly fabric of all time. Growing hemp doesn’t deplete natural nutrients of the soil, requires little to no care, and could be grown without any form of pesticides or Fertilizers. It could be grown with minimum water and high yielding crop that absorbs Co2 from the atmosphere.
Hemp fabrics are lightweight and feel exceptional on the skin. They have sweat absorbent and anti-microbial properties making them perfect for the hot and humid weather of India.
Don’t mistake Organic Cotton with our conventional cotton plants. While organic cotton makes up the list of most sustainable fabrics, our conventional cotton plants are the worst polluters and resource exploiters. The growth of Organic Cotton is carefully monitored and requires 88% less water than chemically grown cotton plants. Moreover it the result of natural farming practices and avoids the complete use of chemicals and pesticides.
Cotton being the breathable and most comfortable of all fabrics make up for the largest chunk of garment manufacturing. While looking for Organic Cotton textile products, look after certifications to avoid being duped.
Those bamboo shafts that may almost seem to be useless end up being the most breathable, soft, and lucid fabric for our wardrobe staples. The growth of Bamboo is aided without any use of chemical pesticides and their growth requires no intensive care. They consume less water and most importantly its harvesting can be done without killing the plant completely.
Linen has slowly paved its way into our wardrobes for its fluid-like breathable fabric that feels light and soft. Well, Linen is derived from flax plants and requires very little pesticides, fertilizer, and water for growth. They aren’t as high-yielding as hemp, however, they still make for exceptional wardrobe additions.
Wool derived using sustainable farming practices could make up for your winter wardrobe-essentials. Wool has the intrinsic property of being fire-resistant and chemical-free. Pure Wool derived ethically through sustainable practices could be quite costly. Yet it is worth the investment, like Cashmere.
Here’s breaking your myth. Sustainable fabrics don’t necessarily mean all NATURAL. Better regarded as Recycled Polyester Staple Fiber, this fabric is manufactured using recycled PET bottles and PET flakes. In a directly proportional way, RPSF reduces the impact of plastic weight on the landmines by using plastic as a very byproduct of the fabric.
ECONYL is recycled Nylon derived using ocean plastic, fishing nets, and waste fabrics. They are recycled for further use in activewear and swimwear collection. It’s another sustainable fabric that should make it to your wardrobe collection.
After the soybean is processed into food, the leftover soy protein fiber is used to make fabric. The resultant fabric gives a silk-like texture, is easy to dye and maintain. Soy fabrics are slowly but indefinitely becoming the staple choice for sustainable clothing brands.
Obtained from the pulp of wood, viscose is a semi-synthetic fabric that has feels and texture similar to silk. The pulp of wood is converted into a fabric that is further used to manufacture versatile clothing and home furnishing items. Viscose based fabric blends are extremely beautiful and versatile and offer a luscious drape and fall to it.
Bemberg stands true in its test of sustainability. These fibers carved from cotton linters are extremely soft and offer a breathable and cooling effect making them perfect throughout the year. This regenerated cellulose fiber surpasses cotton in terms of comfort and feels using the power of science and technology.
( Extra info- Cotton Linters are crafted from the byproduct that is derived from extraction of cottonseed oil)
Unsustainable fabric choice is as harmful to your health as it is to the environment. Laden with chemicals and toxins, regular plastics are prone to cause diseases and skin allergies. Going sustainable with your fabric choice is going to reward you abundantly. All you need to do is make a conscious buying decision next time you are on a shopping spree.