Good on you have done the detective work for us and written the ultimate clothing material guide to the vast selection of fabrics found in clothes that you can find on shop shelves, in your wardrobe and fabric shops. The guide is comprehensive (hefty, yet helpful) ultimate material guide.
A lot of a garment’s sustainability comes down to what it is made from. Fabrics are one of humanity’s oldest technologies, but most of them chew up enormous amounts of resources as they are transformed from animal, vegetable, or mineral into the clothes, shoes, and accessories that we wear.
Most common and more responsible materials
Your best bets:
- Recycled Cotton
- Recycled Wool
- Organic Hemp
- Organic Linen
Also Good Choices:
- Organic cotton
- Recycled Nylon
- Recycled PER
- Tencel Lycocel
- Tencel Modal
The life cycle of a fabric uses countless resources, from oil, land, and water, to pesticides, chemical agents, and dyes. Just think: how is it possible that fluffy cotton, knobbly wood, and gooey oil end up as the smooth, soft, colourful fabrics that feel good on your skin and brighten up your day? Then there are all the hands that manipulate those fabrics before they end up in yours. No matter where you are on your ethical fashion journey, becoming informed about the impact of what your clothes, shoes, and accessories are made of is a fantastic tool to have in your (ethically made) belt.
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