There are a lot of things to keep in mind for a fabric to be considered sustainable, here are some of what we looked for in creating this list:
- Is it coming from a renewable and biodegradable resource? Or if not
- Do the manufacturers follow a closed-loop system (a supply chain where all the materials are used over and over again, to avoid bringing pre and post commercial fabric wastes into the landfills)?
- Does the production create less energy or water consumption and carbon emission?
- Do the companies which use and make the fabric practice fair trade contributing to sustainable development by giving better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of producers and workers?
There are still a lot of improvements for sustainable and ethical fashion to thrive but to help lessen the bad environmental impacts of fast fashion we must all consider if there’s really a need to buy that precious apparel, remember that even if it’s coming from a renewable resource it takes a lot energy to create and bring it to us.
We should all make an effort of taking good care of what we already have, so there won’t be a need to buy new stuff every so often.