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More Sustainable Fabrics

  • Lyocell Fiber: also called Tencel, this 100% biodegradable fiber is produced in an environmentally-friendly manner from cellulose - the main material in plant cells. Counterpoint: potential health issues.
  • Organic Cotton Fiber: cotton grown without the use of artificial chemicals such as herbicides or pesticides (additional information).
  • Organic Hemp Fiber: a durable natural fibers that can be grown without pesticides and with minimal water use. The hemp plant has long roots which help to prevent erosion and retain topsoil (additional information).
  • Organic Linen Fiber: made from the organically-grown flax plant. The fiber is absorbant and cool to wear in varioius climates.
  • Sasawashi: a very durable Japanese fabric made from paper and the plant Kumazasa, which has natural antibacterial and deodorant effects.
  • Non-GMO Soy Clothing: "soy silk" or "vegetable cashmere" is made from soy protein which is a by-product of tofu manufacturing.
  • Compassionate Clothing Guide: offers great vegan alternatives to commonly used animal-based fabric and accessories
  • Organic Jute: a soft, strong, durable and recycleable fiber, jute is the most affordable natural fabric and is usually blended with organic cotton.


Reusing and Upcycling FabricUpcycled Fashion

  • Passing it On: there are numerous ways to resell or give-away clothes: from craigslist or thrift stores to ebay and consignment stores. Different types of give-away or swap shops or online freecycle sites are also growing in number.
  • Rent Clothing and Accessories: for fashion-oriented consumers, several rental companies offer the latest, high-end, fashion at a fraction of the cost while cutting way back on resource use.
  • Upcycling Excess Textiles: creating clothing from textile waste at LOOPTOWORKS.
  • Upcycling Fashion: creating new outfits out of unwanted items
  • Common Threads Initiative: Patagonia clothing company now recycles used Patagonia products into new garments using a fiber-to-fiber recycling system. This creates a more sustainable cradle to cradle process for cloth.
  • Textile Recycling: reclaiming used fibers to make new garments and accessories or reclaim materials.


Sustainable Textile Certifications and Standards

  • Fair Trade Clothing: clothing made by businesses that have a commitment to social justice in which employees and farmers are treated and paid fairly, sustainable environmental practices are followed, and long-term trade relationships are fostered (additional information).
  • EU Ecolabel: an ecolabel given to textiles that minimize the use of harmful substances and reduce air and water pollution.
  • Organic Soy HoodieÖeko-tex (or Oekotex or Oko-tex) Standard 100: certification process that evaluates and screens for any harmful substances present within processed textiles intended to come into contact with consumers.
  • Sustainable Apparel Coalition: sustainability leaders in the apparel and footwear industry has created the higg index - a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance.


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