The Newest Fashion Fabrics Bring Us Plant-Based, Eco-Friendly Fashion!
Fashion is no longer about mass consumption and excess waste. Fickle fashion is out and conscious fashion is in. New ways of thinking have sparked the production of these amazing environmentally friendly textiles.
Wine lovers rejoice! Not only can you enjoy Merlot by the glass, but by the dress as well. The bacteria Acetobacter, which is cultured in vats of cheap wine, ferment the alcohol and the fibers rise to the surface. Just try to ignore that lingering vinegar scent.
It took years to be able to appreciate the complex, but delicious flavors of mushrooms. The idea of eating fungi was mildly disturbing, but what about wearing fungi? Using the root of the mushroom, scientists have created a 100% biodegradable, compostable fiber. Apparel created from this lab grown fiber only lasts about 1-2 years. Now that’s the kind of fast fashion we can get behind.
Hemp has long reigned as the textile alternative to just about everything. Used for clothing, paper, backpacks, and shoes, hemp is the Earth-friendly fiber we know and love. The hemp plant is naturally strong and does not wear thin as quickly as cotton.
Another long reigning, textile alternative, bamboo is 100% biodegradable and is fast growing. With natural moisture wicking and anti-bacterial properties, bamboo is perfect for sportswear. Feel the Zen and not the sweat from a workout in bamboo sportswear.
EcoCircle Plant Fiber
Polyester is environmentally damaging, but loved by many, quite frankly, for unknown reasons. EcoCircle is a plant-based polyester that is derived from 30% sugar cane. The sugar cane replaces the need for 30% of the petroleum used in polyester production. Now that’s sweet.
Made from the cellulose of the fibers that are discarded during the manufacturing and processing of oranges, orange fiber is the hottest high-tech fabric. Not only is this fabric good for the Earth, the vitamin C in the fiber is great for skin. Wearing apparel from orange fiber will make you look and feel good.
Pineapples as a print were only the beginning. Piñatex utilizes waste from pineapple plantations and felts them together for a faux-leather fabric. Great for shoes, clothing, or furniture, fiber from pineapples is just one of the many ways textile producers are changing how consumers view food waste.
Durable fabric made from the pulp of wood and recycled polyester; this is the leather alternative animal lovers have been searching for. Unlike typical faux-leather there’s no strange chemical smell or feel. It’s soft and flexible like natural leather, as well as water and tear resistant. Finally, a faux-leather that doesn’t feel and smell disgusting.
The biggest issue with natural fibers like cotton is the amount of water wasted during manufacturing. CRAiLAR is a flax-based fiber that dramatically reduces chemical and water usage during manufacturing. Flax seeds are yummy in smoothies or on oatmeal, but are even better as pants. CRAiLAR has the same look and feel as cotton.
Most synthetic fibers are petroleum-based, which isn’t very Earth friendly. Derived from natural cornstarch and then spun into fibers for apparel and home. Worried about the BPAs in plastic containers? Ingeo is BPA free and used as a plastic alternative.
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