We have all heard about sustainable fashion and it is hard not to wonder how much we could all profit from it!
The idea has emerged in the 80s and 90s and we haven’t been talking about anything else ever since. There’s a growing awareness towards the environment and the need to change habits in order to develop new production and manufacturing practices. This allows us to preserve our precious resources and spare nature from the nasty treatment we’re been giving it since the Industrial Revolution.
Although slow fashion may not be the most popular concept in the fashion industry, it has been showing its best game and revealing its significance to sustainability, as well as developing a clever use for natural resources. In a society where consumerism is king and clothes are disposable goods, slow fashion makes a stand and allows apparels to be produced with the utmost attention to detail, assuring they last longer and are worn over the years, without losing the original quality.
The advantages are undeniable: by reusing fabric scraps and recycling textile residuals, we guarantee lower levels of pollution and the non-utilization of pesticides in the production of new raw materials, such as cotton and bamboo.
When we talk about sustainability in the fashion world, we know which raw materials are the most popular fibers: cellulose, protein, manufactured, recycled and upcycled fibers.
Non-petroleum based and easily found and collected from nature, nature fibers can either be plant fibers (cellulose) or animal fibers (protein).
The most commonly used plant fibers are cotton, stem (flax and hemp), leaf fibers (sisal) and husk fibers (coconut).
Popular animal fibers include wool, hair and secretions, such as silk, angora and cashmere.
The reuse of scraps and fabric leftovers, commonly disposed by the textile industries is now a new environmentally friendly process to produce clothing. Apart from being the greener attitude, it’s also a measure that will lower the commercial budget and boost a company’s profit potential.
For those who have never heard about upcycled fibers, these are made from materials considered trash that were not meant to be used to produce fibers. The materials are processed into short fibers that are later spun into a new yawn.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a worldwide recognized standard that certifies the best textiles made of organic fibers. A textile should contain a minimum of 70% organic fibers to become certified, guaranteeing a positive impact on the environment.
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