Ethical and Sustainable Fibres and Fabrics

There are some fabrics which are either naturally sustainable or have been developed so that they can be made without effecting the environment. These fabrics can be used to reduce the fashion industries footprint and ensuring that retailers become more aware of the fabric that they are using and the effect it is having on our one and only planet.
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Organic wool is becoming much more available. This wool is produces using animal friendly and sustainable farming practices and without the use of toxic sheep dyes. http://www.greenchoices.org/green-living/clothes/more-sustainable-fabrics

Organic wool is becoming much more available. This wool is produces using animal friendly and sustainable farming practices and without the use of toxic sheep dyes. http://www.greenchoices.org/green-living/clothes/more-sustainable-fabrics

Lyocell is a regenerated cellulose fibre made  from dissolving pulp. Its market name is Tencel. It shares many properties with cotton, linen and rayon.

Lyocell is a regenerated cellulose fibre made from dissolving pulp. Its market name is Tencel. It shares many properties with cotton, linen and rayon.

Organic cotton is grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilisers and pesticides. The definition of organic cotton is monitored by several organisations globally.

Organic cotton is grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilisers and pesticides. The definition of organic cotton is monitored by several organisations globally.

Hemp fibres can be spun and woven into a linen like fabric. Hemp is a very ecological crop because it is highly productive and easily cultivated and very pest tolerant. Its use is banned in the US because it is grown from the cannabis plant. It has linen like qualities. Hemp clothing specialists are The Hemp Store and House of Hemp.

Hemp fibres can be spun and woven into a linen like fabric. Hemp is a very ecological crop because it is highly productive and easily cultivated and very pest tolerant. Its use is banned in the US because it is grown from the cannabis plant. It has linen like qualities. Hemp clothing specialists are The Hemp Store and House of Hemp.

Recycled or reclaimed fibres are made from scraps of fabric wasted in the process of making clothes. These are then processed back into short fibres and spun into a new yarn. This process is still very rare as only a few factories have the available facilities and machinery.

Recycled or reclaimed fibres are made from scraps of fabric wasted in the process of making clothes. These are then processed back into short fibres and spun into a new yarn. This process is still very rare as only a few factories have the available facilities and machinery.

Recycled polyester is also becoming more popular in recent years. Made from recycled drinks bottles. Patagonia, the American Sports and Outerwear company do a lot of this and it works very successfully. It is a knitted pile fleece fabric best suited to thick and insulatory clothing. http://www.yewclothing.com/fabrics/materiality/100-recycled-polyester/

Recycled polyester is also becoming more popular in recent years. Made from recycled drinks bottles. Patagonia, the American Sports and Outerwear company do a lot of this and it works very successfully. It is a knitted pile fleece fabric best suited to thick and insulatory clothing. http://www.yewclothing.com/fabrics/materiality/100-recycled-polyester/

Bamboo as a fabric is relatively new to the market of environmentally friendly fabrics. It is described as hypoallergenic, absorbent, fast-drying and naturally anti-bacterial and comes from a very fast-growing plant. Although there are still some chemicals used in the processing of bamboo fibres, they are not as dangerous and therefor bamboo is still considered to be environmentally friendly. http://www.greenchoices.org/green-living/clothes/more-sustainable-fabrics

Bamboo as a fabric is relatively new to the market of environmentally friendly fabrics. It is described as hypoallergenic, absorbent, fast-drying and naturally anti-bacterial and comes from a very fast-growing plant. Although there are still some chemicals used in the processing of bamboo fibres, they are not as dangerous and therefor bamboo is still considered to be environmentally friendly. http://www.greenchoices.org/green-living/clothes/more-sustainable-fabrics


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