5 Planet Friendly Fibres: What Do We Know?

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Though it's been long associated with luxury, glamour and cosmic creativity, the fashion industry has been turned on its head in recent years, for the negative impact it has on our Earths health. From excessive water consumption to the release of harmful chemicals, conventional textile production takes a heavy toll on our planet. Fortunately, a growing movement towards sustainable fashion has emerged, placing planet-friendly fibres and slow fashion practises at the forefront. In this article, we will explore the benefits of five eco-friendly fibres that can be used in the textiles industry, and why they are a better option for creating a more sustainable future in fashion.

1. Organic Cotton: Organic cotton is cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides or genetically modified organisms. By opting for organic cotton, we not only reduce water and energy consumption but also prevent the release of harmful chemicals into the environment. Furthermore, organic cotton promotes biodiversity by nurturing healthy soil and supporting local farming communities. With its soft and breathable qualities, organic cotton offers a comfortable and sustainable alternative to conventional cotton.

2. Hemp: Hemp, derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, is a versatile fibre with a rich history. It requires minimal water and pesticides to grow, making it a highly sustainable choice. Additionally, hemp plants naturally enrich the soil, reducing the need for fertilisers. Hemp fibres are durable, breathable, and have excellent moisture-wicking properties, making them ideal for a variety of clothing items. Embracing hemp as a textile alternative helps reduce deforestation and supports regenerative agriculture practices.

3. TENCEL™ Lyocell: TENCEL™ Lyocell is a fibre made from sustainably sourced wood pulp, commonly derived from eucalyptus trees. The production process uses a closed-loop system, where the solvents used are recycled and reused. TENCEL™ Lyocell is known for its softness, breathability, and biodegradability. It requires less water and land compared to traditional fibres, making it a greener choice. Moreover, TENCEL™ Lyocell is produced using renewable energy sources, further reducing its environmental impact.

4. Recycled Polyester: Recycled polyester is made by transforming post-consumer plastic waste, such as PET bottles, into textile fibres. By diverting plastic from landfills and oceans, recycled polyester helps reduce environmental pollution. It requires less energy and water compared to virgin polyester production, thereby lowering greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources. While recycled polyester may not be a perfect solution, it is a step towards a circular economy in fashion.

5. Linen: Linen, derived from the flax plant, is a natural fibre with a minimal ecological footprint. Flax cultivation requires fewer pesticides and fertilisers than other crops, making it a more environmentally friendly choice. Linen fabrics are breathable, lightweight, and biodegradable. They are also known for their durability and can last for many years, reducing the need for frequent replacements. Linen is an excellent alternative for warm-weather clothing, providing both style and sustainability.

The fashion industry is undergoing a much-needed transformation towards choosing more ethical and sustainable practises, and though the transition will be inevitably slow (there is A LOT of work to do!), we can start by educating one another on what impactful choices we have as individuals, whilst we wait for the big company's to catch up... 

Planet-friendly fibres are a crucial step in this journey. Organic cotton, hemp, TENCEL™ Lyocell, recycled polyester, and linen are just a few examples of fibres that offer a greener alternative to conventional textiles. By embracing these fibres, we can reduce the industry's ecological footprint, conserve resources, and promote a more circular approach to fashion. As consumers, we hold the power to drive change by making conscious choices and supporting brands that prioritise sustainable materials AND encourage shopping secondhand *queue our entrance music*. 

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