Sustainable fabrics preserve the environment and the work of farming communities

The conscious fashion industry offers products made with sustainable fabrics. Its production helps reduce the negative impacts suffered by the environment and helps communities that produce their sustenance. Read more. 

With manufacturing methods that are less harmful to the environment, sustainable and conscious fashion applies to the entire production chain of a fabric

Do you know the difference between sustainable fashion and conscious fashion?

Sustainable fashion

This type is related to the production methods of the textile industry, the less polluting, i.e., the more appropriate.

Conscious fashion

This type refers to the consumers’ behavior, like their closet trends, and their demands when buying, such as checking whether the fabric is sustainable and whether the production is fair (Fair Trade). 

List of today's hottest sustainable fabrics:

  • Organic or sustainable cotton
  • Hemp
  • Linen
  • Modal
  • Soy silk
  • Orange silk
  • Bamboo fiber
  • Orange fiber
  • Lenpur
  • Pineapple Peel
  • Bamboo
  • Liocel/Tencel

Biomimicry is a technology inspired by natural models, is one of the best alternatives to produce high-quality sustainable fabrics.

Conscious manufacturers and fashion designers produce textiles, by mimicking natural processes. For example, traditional fabrics have about 5 polymers (long chains of molecules) while synthetic fibers could have more than 350 polymers. 

Scientists at Pennsylvania State University discovered a protein in the squid's suction cups that could become raw material for the production of synthetic fabrics. Furthermore, such protein, allows clothing more durability as well as having healing properties. 

One of the main activities of rural communities is the production of sustainable fabrics! 

Fashion and agriculture may seem, at first, to be two opposing sectors. One is about trends, fashion catwalks, and clothing brands, while the other regards soil, machinery, and food production. 

Despite the growing popularity of semi-synthetic materials such as rayon and fully synthetic materials like polyester, just under a third of the fibers in clothing and fabrics are still grown, harvested, or sheared in rural areas. Incidentally, the cultivation of natural fibers creates rural employment opportunities around the world, providing income for some 200 million people - that's 2-3% of the world's population.

There are still worrying obstacles regarding the production of semi-synthetic or synthetic fabrics, from an environmental point of view.

Fibers such as rayon and polyester are far from natural and this still bothers environmentalists!

On the other hand, "Synthetic Biology”, a branch of Biology, is responsible for creating new synthetic fiber alternatives, which may diminish this negative impact.

An issue regarding synthetic fibers may impact the production of natural fiber. That's the case of a new leather bag made of mushrooms grown made in the laboratories of Hermès. It can be a bad choice for mushroom planters. So the aim is to find fairer solutions that preserve natural productions.

Sustainable agricultural practices cannot be harmed by synthetic productions. Conscious scientists are aware of this problem though.

Final Considerations

It's about time to make a fair transition regarding a textile system that provides better economic, social, and environmental results. So sustainable fashion needs to be more comprehensive so that it can effectively be one of the flagships in the fight against the negative consequences generated by fast fashion.