So I’ve decided to leave soy, cashmere, silk, recycled
polyester, tencel and a few other fabrics for upcoming series as Fashion
Revolution is coming up, and I feel like it will get a bit redundant if it turns
out that this whole month is dedicated to fashion alone.
for you in this post and then we’ll learn about more fabrics in May, as the
seasons shift to meet those fabrics head on anyway.
order of most eco + ethical to least. You can click through to the full post
for more info too if ya like.
decided to do a quick VLOG (clumsily) articulating the roundup post in old fashioned
words, just scroll to the bottom of this post to the video.
– No Pesticides
– Uses 50% less water than cotton to grow and be manufactured
– Crop can be harvested in as little as 4 months
– Purifies The Soil As It Grows
– Creates a closed carbon cycle
– 10x stronger than cotton (meaning it will last longer!)
– Needs half the land cotton does to grow the same amount of
– If cotton uses 7.5 bathtubs of water to create one t-shirt,
hemp uses 3.75, which is still loads!
|Earth Positive Tees from Green Shirts Company|
– Even without the pesticides, organic cotton uses a
significant amount of water in its growth and production (7.5 bathtubs in
growing, 5,000 litres in production). This can be significantly reduced, making
it much greener, when it comes from companies like Earth Positive who procure
their cotton from farms which are watered with monsoon rain rather than
re-routed fresh water from the local community.
|Bamboo Naturally Dyed Scarf by Sencha & Bourbon|
– Grows 24 inches in 24 hours
– No pesticides
– Can be frequently and sustainably harvested without damage
to the eco system
– Produces more oxygen and absorbs more carbon than trees
– When turned into bamboo viscose it is mixed with chemicals
which turns it into a synthetic, like other manufactured fabrics (nylon, rayon,
acrylic, polyester, spandex, modal, ect …) so it means, like the previously
listed fabrics, it is not biodegradable and will not be able to return to the
earth at the end of its lifecycle. That said, all the above manufactured
fabrics and non-organic cotton is more harmful than bamboo on the earth and her
inhabitants, so when it comes to eco fabrics it is the least desirable, uses
less resources and pollutes less than conventionally accepted chemical infused
natural fabrics and all the manufactured fabrics combined.
– Does not pollute or drain resources
– Methane produced from sheep mass bread for wool / meat
production harms the planet
– Unless the company you’re purchasing from is transparent
about the farm their wool comes from (like FINISTERRE), there is probably about a 90% chance the animals who produced the wool
for your wooly wonder, especially if you got it from a fast fashion (mall / highstreet shop) than the animal who provided the wool was likely severely beaten and/or murdered in the process.
ENERGY – each of these products require energy to bring the
fabric from its natural form to finished product. Production, processing and
shipping all have huge implications and strains on the planet. The pinkish
t-shirt you see Shane wearing above was made by a company called Earth
Prositive which produces their products using renewable energy, mitigating this
need. Fast fashion brands do not do this and use a huge amount of resources for
processing clothing, even ‘eco friendly’ clothing. H&M’s conscious
collection is an example of this half ass attempt. They use organic cotton, but
then dye and print on the fabric with chemical dyes making the product,
technically, no longer eco friendly.
of land and space for growth and production. The all require water during their
production. With cotton requiring the most.
fabrics which causes the least amount of harm to the planet and her