Do you know the environmental impact of your clothes ?
To dress responsibly, read the labels and know the origin of the clothes you wear, but also the materials used to make them. These fabrics are made of natural or synthetic fibers, which need to be studied when we want to make fashion sustainable.
In order to define a fiber as environmentally friendly or not, it is important to consider several factors, in particular its transport, its durability, its transformations and its biodegradable potential. It is also necessary to consider whether its culture requires the use of pesticides, insecticides or significant amount of water.
Among the most environmentally friendly fibers, we chose these 4 that deserve to be known !
This fiber has great potential but is not used a lot at the moment. It is much more resistant than cotton, its culture does not require much water and it is very resistant to insects, free of pesticides and insecticides. In addition to being hypoallergenic, it creates a fabric that becomes more and more soft as it gets older. We even have the potential to grow this plant in Canada, but the lack of expertise forces us to buy it elsewhere in the world.
Sometimes avoided for its wrinkle properties, linen is still one of the most resistant fibers. This fiber is expensive to produce, and it has its reasons. It does not require chemicals to grow or to process. It is biodegradable, keeps us cool in summer and warm in winter, and is perfect for sensitive skin. Although linen comes very often from Europe, we would have the potential to develop it here, because Canada is a very big producer of flaxseed.
#3. Organic cotton
Unlike regular cotton, which requires a large amount of pesticides and insecticides to grow and is one of the most polluting fibers on the planet, organic cotton grows without GMOs or chemicals and uses little less water than regular cotton to grow. It is a biodegradable fiber and its price is accessible. To be called organic, the fabric must have obtained organic certification.
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Bamboo is a controversial fibers. It does not require fertilizers or pesticides. It needs 4 times less water than cotton to grow, it is biodegradable and it grows very fast. It creates a soft fabric of high quality. Despite all these qualities, it is important to know that the bamboo fiber must be transformed into bamboo viscose to create a material that is easy to work with. A solvent (sodium hydroxide) is required during its transformation from wood to wood pulp. In addition, bamboo fiber is often mixed with cotton to prevent the fabric from shrinking or stretching after wash.
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60% of the textiles manufactured in the world use synthetic fibers made from derivatives of petroleum. 30% of the rest of the market is occupied by cotton, which is one of the most polluting fibers on the planet. There is a small 10% of eco-friendly fibers that should not be neglected !