Why Make With Eco-Friendly Fabrics?
Eco-friendly fabrics are safe on the environment, recycled or biodegradable. Our world has already begun its descent into environmental turmoil on account of how carelessly we have consumed all it has to offer, and without
Eco-Friendly Fabrics For Retailers and Fashion Houses
Hemp: a natural
Lyocell: Lyocell is made with wood pulp from sustainable farms, it is completely natural and biodegradable. It is very absorbent, which means it can be dyed easily and aids the skin in breathing through the fabric. It is soft and a lot like rayon in terms of feel and lends itself very well to draping, so it can be used liberally in women’s clothing. It is best suited for dresses and skirts with flair and pleats. It works well with men’s dress shirts too. It can also be blended with other fibres, making it a very versatile fabric. Mass market retailer H&M has made clothing from Lyocell as part of their ‘Conscious Collection’.
Soy Silk – this is made from soy protein
Linen – derived from the flax plant, linen is a natural
Organic cotton – Organic Cotton is cotton that has been grown without the use of pesticides, GMOs and synthetic chemicals. In order for cotton to be certified organic, it must have been chemical free for at least 3 years. Since organic cotton is grown using methods that work in balance with nature (eg: crop rotation and using beneficial insects), organic cotton is biodegradable, renewable, AND sustainable! Cotton makes the base of a lot of our clothes,
Wool – Wool is a renewable fabric that is sourced from sheep by shearing the fleece and processing it into yarn. Wool is eco-friendly as long as the animals are not harmed in any way during the process and is not processed with chemicals. It is sustainable and entirely natural, it is breathable material and absorbs moisture excellently. Suits, jackets, jumpers, sweaters, scarves, gloves, trousers, dresses, skirts – wool works wonderfully with every kind of garment.
Recycled fabrics – this might sound untrue, but believe us when we say that you can make yarn out of recycled plastic bottles. Clipped cuttings of fabrics that are wasted in making other garments are recycled, spun into yarn, and used in making fabrics that can be knitted and woven into various kinds of clothing items. Even if you aren’t keen on making fabric from recycled plastic, do consider segregating the waste in your offices and factories – after all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!