The fashion industry has a pollution problem and it’s high time we address it. Clothing is a fundamental need for humans which we are aware of. But did you know that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world? Here is another fact to get you thinking; synthetic materials account for about 65% of the fibres used in the clothing industry that are derived from fossil fuels.

The only way around this is to be able to meet the demands of the fashion industry without jeopardising the natural resources that drive our supply chains. Which gets us to sustainable fashion or slow fashion, which implies that the garments are made from fibres that are organic, biodegradable and and have very less to no harmful impact on the environment with an overall lower carbon emissions during production.

Alternate Fabrics in Fashion -

Here’s a list of easily available fabrics and garments that are -

Natural & Vegan Fabrics

  1. Organic Cotton
  2. Hemp
  3. Linen
  4. Bamboo

Animal Derived Sustainable Fabrics

  1. Wool
  2. Silk
  3. Cashmere

Besides these, here are some other alternatives that are slightly harder to make and are not so easily found

  1. Pinatex - Pineapple

Leather alternative made from fibres in pineapple leaves

  1. Mylo - Mycelium

Leather Alternative made using Mycelium, the underground root-like system of fungi. Also known as “unleather”

  1. Qmonos - Spider silk

Qmonos is a vegan artificial spider silk thread made genetically from modifying microbes

  1. S.Cafe - Coffee Grounds

Activewear fabric made from coffee grounds that are blended with recycled plastic bottles to create a fabric that is odour resistant and fast-drying.

  1. Tencel/Lyocell – Eucalyptus Tree

Semi-synthetic fabric made from Eucalyptus tree pulp

  1. Woocao - Coconut fibres

Fur created from leftover coconut fibres from the food industry and hemp fibres

  1. Modal - Wood Pulp

Semi-synthetic textile made from wood pulp but mainly that of beech trees.

As we evolve, so should our clothes and fabrics. It’s time we start making mindful choices and purchases that are ethical and eco-friendly. As an attempt to do our part, we started OurBetterPlanet to bring to you products that are better for you and the environment. With that being said, we have a wide range of clothes that are stylish, sustainable and sleek. What’s even better is we are currently running our Winter Sale with clothes on sale upto 50%. So head to our website now to shop your heart out while joining our conscious community of consumers.

November 25, 2022 — Shopify API