People express themselves through their choice of clothes. This is what we know as fashion. Right now, there are several ways of expressing your support for an eco-friendly clothing industry as more and more sustainable fabrics are available for consumption.
People want to stand out whenever and wherever they walk down the street. Their clothes reflect their style, and some need to be recognised as fashion-forward as they seek to influence others to join their particular trends. There’s also a need to take sustainable fabrics into the limelight to better support local farmers and fabric-makers and spread the message about caring for the environment.
Here are some samples of eco-friendly fabrics that you can use to build your wardrobe. You can even support the industry by storing your fashionable pieces in bespoke fitted wardrobes made from sustainable materials.
1. Organic cotton
You can’t go wrong with organic cotton. Grown without fertilisers and pesticides and processed without chemicals, this material uses 62% less energy and 88% less water in production. In addition, manufacturers use the product to create clothing materials such as organic underwear, shirts, mattress protectors and maternity wear.
2. Bamboo linen
Not many people know that bamboo is an excellent source of fabric. Bamboo fibres are mechanically processed to create a strong and eco-friendly fabric with antimicrobial and odour-eliminating characteristics. Some manufacturers compare bamboo linen to cotton because of its breathability and softness. It also uses less energy and resources to create compared to other fabrics. With bamboo growing quickly, it’s pretty easy to source to meet the demands. As a result, manufacturers are steadily expanding their offerings using this product.
3. Recycled polyester
Did you know that recycled polyester comes from single-use plastic bottles? Such materials are harvested, cleaned and processed to create various materials that manufacturers can use in multiple ways. For example, clothing manufacturers increasingly find a use for recycled polyester to create activewear, loungewear, sustainable fleece, and other similar fabrics for the outdoors.
If you’re looking for a better alternative to leather, you don’t have to look farther than a pineapple plant. The industry has succeeded in incorporating fibres from the pineapple leaves (which are usually burned as part of the processing) to create a resilient fabric that mimics the characteristics of animal skin and is pretty versatile, to boot.
If you’re a coffee-lover, you’ll also love clothing made from yarn sourced from used coffee grounds. The process creates filaments that producers turn into yarn and then into fabric. Clothing brands are slowly incorporating the material to create activewear for various lifestyle and outdoor activities. We’re sure you will also appreciate the odour-eliminating, fast-drying, UV-protective, and cooling fabric.
Another surprising material from the food processing industry, specifically the apple juice production companies, is apple eco-leather. The material comes from the food waste and is made into everything from purses to sneakers, handbags and wallets. The material is breathable, durable and waterproof.
The advent of technology has produced several sustainable fabrics and materials that you can use to express yourself fashionably. You can choose to use sustainable materials for clothing yourself and your family and stand out from the crowd.
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