From the initial manufacturing to the disposal of clothes, considering the sustainability of a garment materials is important. Where and how is the materials made? Where will it end up after you are finished using it?
Natural fabrics made from plants or from sustainable wood pulp are more sustainable than man-made fabrics like polyester and nylon. Here are some things to think about when questioning the sustainability of a garment's material:
- Is the fiber natural or synthetic?
- What resources are required to create the fiber: water, pesticides, land, energy, carbon dioxide, fossil fuels - are they renewable?
- Are chemicals needed to turn the fiber into a yarn?
- What is the lifespan of the final product?
- After it has been used and recycled, is the material biodegradable?
There are plenty of sustainable and eco-friendly fabrics out there. Here are some of the commonly used ones we love: organic cotton, organic hemp, organic linen, bamboo, ecovero viscose, recycled fabric, dead stock fabrics, Tencel.
Our clothes at Lola Faturoti LOVES are mostly made from organic cotton and blue sign certification ink. In addition to being a made on demand brand, we aim to promote sustainability from idea to finish product.
Reading product labels is an essential part in shopping eco-friendly items. With the acceleration of fast fashion, clothing made from polyester has been consumed increasingly and may seem difficult to avoid. Take time to shop slow and find materials that works for you. Remember, if you do buy synthetic, you can still care for your clothing to prolong it's wear.