Sustainable fashion 101
What to look for
- Organic materials. Instead of choosing clothes that are derived from petroleum-based synthetics such as nylon, polyester, and acrylic, stick with hemp, cotton, wool, linen, and cellulose fibres. These are natural fibres, so they are biodegradable meaning, in time, they compose back into the soil rather than be a toxic fixture in landfills.
- Recycled materials. Go for repurposed fabrics! Many brands are utilising recycled synthetics and other up-cycled materials. Deadstock fabric is also the right choice! These are materials that were made but weren’t sold.
- Zero waste. Many brands endeavour to reduce waste while manufacturing their clothes drastically. From removing plastic packaging to minimising water and energy use during the manufacturing process, these brands are mindful of the waste they produce and take strict measure to ensure its reduction.
- Preloved. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting stuff second-hand. There are virtual shops that sell used but definitely not abused clothing. After you’ve worn them out, you can repurpose and make them into foot rugs or wiping rags. The key is to lessen the waste we contribute to the landfill.