Do you wanna make your closet a little more environmentally friendly? That’s awesome! In the times of fashion materialism, every responsible consumer is extremely precious. It’s easy to get lost under the pile of marketing slogans. What is really sustainable? What does it actually mean that something is organic? You can easily learn how to recognize truly eco-friendly products - you just need to learn about fabrics!
We’re a vegan brand so we don’t really focus on wool, silk, cashmere or leather. That’s why we excluded animal products from our list.
1. Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is currently the most sustainable material in the textile industry. This all-purpose eco-fibre works the same as the standard, conventional cotton. It’s even more durable. Opposed to the regular one, organic cotton is hand-picked which makes it purer and higher quality. Organic plantations have no negative influence on the soil or environment and are safer for allergy sufferers thanks to the sustainable process during which no chemical substances are being used. While looking for clothes made of organic cotton, it’s good to look for the labels with the information about Global Organic Textile Standard Certificate. That’s how you know that the product is environmentally friendly and meets strict standards.
Fibres growing inside the flax stems create the linen - an ecological fabric which production does not involve any bad influences on the environment. What’s so great about linen? Its cultivation fertilizes the soil. What’s more, each part of a flax plant can be used so no waste is generated. Linen is easily cultivated in Poland so it doesn’t need to be transported from far places - as an effect, it leaves a smaller carbon footprint. Linen fabric is extremely durable, light and breathable - it’s great for summer clothes!
Hemp is a 100% biodegradable fabric. Not only is it harmless for the environment but actually really friendly to it! Hemp cultivation demands 70% less water than cotton. It fertilizes the soil, making it more efficient - 1 hectare of hemp gives 250% more fibres than cotton. Clothes made of hemp are light, gentle for the skin, they are antibacterial and antifungal! What’s interesting, hemp fabric has natural UV protection. Unfortunately, clothes made of hemp are not very popular in Poland.
Pinatex is a fabric made of plant’s fibres and it can be a good alternative for leather. It’s produced out of pineapple's leaves that are a waste during the fruit’s cultivation. Pinatex doesn’t need any chemicals or pesticides. The biomass that is created as a side effect of the cultivation of the pinatex can be used as an organic fertilizer. Pinatex is very durable and it’s a great replacement for leather. It’s perfect for belts, bags and many others!
5. All recycled fabrics
You can recycle all the most popular fabrics available at stores - acrylic, cotton or polyester. Thanks to reused materials we limit not only the amount of waste but also pollution.
FYI - the presence of the synthetic fibres in the material’s composition doesn’t necessarily make the piece of clothing a bad quality one. Sometimes the addition of synthetic fibres is needed to give the fabric certain characteristics - for example, elastane makes the fabric more elastic while polyamide makes it more durable. It’s important to use it responsibly. The addition of those should not be more than a few per cent. That’s how we know that synthetic fibres are there to make our clothes and don’t lower their quality.