The Great List of
Eco-Friendly Textile Choices

So you can shop mindfully

Fabrics say a lot about the real impact of a garment. For example, is it biodegradable, made from natural fibers? Do the plants and raw materials require a lot of water to produce? Or a lot of land and time? Is it vegan? Bottom line is, you need to know what these eco fabrics are all about and how to recognise them. So here’s our favorite sustainable textiles that even Vogue is talking about

 

hemp temple

1. Hemp

Hemp is the upcoming textile in the fashion industry. Hemp plants need very little water to grow and no pesticides. It grows very fast and it any environment. It needs half as much water and half as much land as cotton. The material is thus totally biodegradable and allows your skin to breathe and thermoregulate.

linen

2. Linen

Linen is a sustainable material because it does not require any pesticides to grow. It is mostly grown in eastern Europe. The plant is also very versatile, it is used to make flax seeds, flax oil and the production is cost effective. It is entirely biodegradable (if not dyed) and comes in many neutral earthy natural colours. 

3. Organic Cotton

Even though cotton is very water intensive and land consuming, it is a good option if you want to make a difference. First of all, you will help make pesticides and herbicides obsolete by promoting natural growing methods. It will also avoid GMOs in the cotton industry and better working conditions on the farms. Plus, your clothes will be free from nasty chemicals and so will your skin !

4. Recycled PET

For swimsuits and yoga wear, choose recycled materials ! They have the smallest carbon footprint since they already exist (and need a second life). Upcycling and recycling are our best bet knowing that the plastic we have created is now here for ever. These new materials are just like polyester, except they give us a better conscience.

5. Tencel

Tencel® is the brand name for Lyocell, a natural textile derived from ecological eucalyptus pulp. The eucalyptus tree grows very fast and uses minimal land, which makes it a very reliable source. It is very breathable, antibacterial and thermoregulating. It’s soft like silk but also very resistant which makes it the top eco fiber in the fashion game. We will be seeing more and more brands adopt it.

organic wool

6. Organic Wool

We’re entering the vegan grey zone. Even though we’re firm advocates of the cruelty free movement, we can’t help but prefer organic wool or organic silk to polyester and viscose. The traditional vegan fashion often uses some not so eco fabrics. If brands continue working with traditional, small farmers that produce organic animal fibers, we’ll go with it. Slow fashion is also about reconnecting with our roots and promoting ethical businesses, even if they include animals.

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