Are you looking to add more sustainable clothing pieces to your closet, but not sure where to start or what to look for?
With so many different types of textiles on the market it can be difficult to know which ones are better for our environment.
Below we have identified three of the some of the most common sustainable fibres and help you understand why they are not only better for you, but also better for our plant.
TENCEL™ is a type of rayon that is naturally comfortable and a top choice for eco-conscious clothing brands.
This is for good reason as this textile takes less water and energy to produce than similar products. And as a plant-derived fiber, it is also biodegradable and the finished product requires a much less intensive dying process.
The dying process of tencel uses a solution that is more easily recoverable, and a closed-loop solvent system meaning almost no solvent is dumped into the eco-system. Instead it is recycled again and again. Tencel is also made from sustainably sourced wood, while some other wood fibres used in fashion are sourced from endangered, ancient forests.
Tencel also holds dye very well and won't lose its shape so you can be sure to live in your garments made from this textile for a long time to come.
Bamboo has become increasingly more popular with eco-conscious brands over the last 20 years.
This is because of its breathability and undeniable softness, but also because of its environmentally safe properties.
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on the earth; growing an average of 12 inches day, with little need for water. The plant naturally self-generates and harvesting it does not destroy the plant or result in soil erosion. Bamboo is also biodegradable and avoids the excessive use of pesticides.
In wearing a product constructed from bamboo, you can not only benefit from the breathability and softness of the fabric, but also know that is better on your skin and better for our planet earth.
Hemp is a natural fibre that has gained increasingly popularity in the manufacturing of clothing.
This textile is not to be confused with the cannabis plants grown for its psychoactive THC properties, the hemp fibre only has 0.3% THC, so you can't get high on it.
Like, bamboo, hemp also self-generates, needs little water to grow, and it is a natural repellent so it does not need pesticides to aid in the growth of the plant. It grows easily and like a weed because it is one and it also amazingly returns 60-70% of the nutrients it takes from the soil.
These characteristics coupled with it's breathability and durable properties is no wonder we are seeing more clothing options with hemp content from eco-friendly brands.
Clothing is a part of our lives and shopping for clothes should be seen in a different light.
We need to ask ourselves if the clothing is not just good for us, but also better for the environment. In the case of Tencel™, Bamboo and Hemp, the answer is always yes as they are some the most eco-friendly fabrics available. By being more aware of what we buy and support, we can all make a difference; one piece of clothing at a time.