In today’s world, dominated by seasonal trends and fast fashion brands, it can be hard to navigate the sustainable fashion section. So I thought I’d talk a little bit about it and crush the common perception that it’s unfashionable and expensive. In fact, there are already so many brands that produce beautiful eco-friendly pieces, and with more support from us consumers, they’re bound to become even stronger.
|via Nicole Bridger, Jigsaw London, and Chinti and Parker|
There are so many ways to green your wardrobe, and for this post I picked one of my favorite ways: fabric choice. It is important to look at what our new purchases are made of and make sure they’re not damaging to the planet’s or our health. Here are a few of the more common choices:
- Organic cotton - Our favorite fiber is unfortunately also one of the most polluting of Earth because of the amount of pesticides that is put into conventional cotton crops. Organic cotton is the better alternative.
- Hemp - Hemp is a quickly renewable resource that doesn’t require any pesticides. The fiber is very strong and durable, gets softer with every wash, and is a natural UV block.
- Bamboo - Just like hemp, it doesn’t require any pesticides, grows very quickly depending on the species (up to 1 meter/day), and is biodegradable, which means that the clothing made from it can be composted.
- Tencel/lyocell - Made from the cellulose found in wood pulp, this fiber is made into a fabric through a chemical process. Unlike synthetic fibers, this one has a very small impact on the environment and requires little energy and water.
- Recycled polyester - I’m not a fan of synthetic fibers, and I prefer to stay away from them, but if I must choose one, I’ll always go for the recycled kind to make sure that no other damage is done to our planet.
So, next time you go clothes shopping, make sure to check the label to see if you’re making an eco-friendly choice and reconsider.