There are a lot of options out there for sustainable fabrics these days. Most people know the more common options like organic cotton but there are many more. Sustainable clothing is defined as a material that reduces the environmental impact. It generally includes free trade, no animal cruelty, recycling and organic fabrics but not necessarily all at once. Here are some options for sustainable fabrics/materials.
- Bamboo Fiber – generally made without use of pesticides or fertilizers. It is 100% biodegradable.
- Fair Trade Clothing – the business has made a commitment to making sure employees and farmers are treated and paid fairly and that healthy environmental practices are followed.
- Lyocel/Tencel – produced from plant cells, the process is very environmentally friendly. It is 100% biodegradable.
- Organic Cotton Fiber – cotton grown without the use of artificial chemicals.
- Organic Hemp Fiber – very durable natural fiber. It has no pesticides and renews the soil each with each growth cycle. Its roots prevent erosion and help retain topsoil.
- Organic Linen Fiber – made from the flax plant. It is very absorbent and cool to wear. It is grown without the use of harmful chemicals.
- Sasawashi – a very durable Japanese fabric made from paper and the plant Kumazasa. It has natural deodorant effects.
- Soy Fiber – very soft and durable. It can be grown organically but isn’t always.
- Wild Silks – made by wild silkworms which are no killed during the process.