A Beginner’s Guide to Sustainable Fashion by our resident lifestyle blogger, Amy Mia Goldsmith.
Switching to eco-friendly clothes is definitely one of the best things you can do, both for your overall well-being and for your environment. If you want to know something more about the benefits of eco-fashion, make sure to stay with us and keep on reading. Here’s a beginner’s guide you simply know to know about!
Green is the new black
People are raving about green fashion these days, and we just have to say that it’s about time that happened! Even though the concepts of eco-fashion, ethical and recycled clothes, and fair trade still aren’t fully understood by the consumers, we can definitely notice the improvement when it comes to moving towards more sustainable fashion choices.
People are more aware of the fact that the fashion industry is producing tons of waste on a daily basis, which is exactly why they want to turn to green fashion and ethical trade that won’t cause irreversible damage to the environment and our planet in general. Green is definitely the new black, and people have started to recognize that!
Why choose natural fibers instead of synthetic ones?
When it comes to the fabrics your clothes are made from, there are two possible choices. You can pick either natural fabrics or synthetic ones, and you can probably already tell which ones are better for your overall well-being, right? Even though synthetic materials can also make you feel really comfortable, the fact is that natural ones will let your skin breathe and allow you to move with ease. Artificially made materials like polyester, rayon, nylon, and acrylic fabrics are probably the worst you can buy, since they are a potential hazard for your health you aren’t even aware of.
For example, nylon is made from petroleum and it often has a permanent chemical finish, whereas acrylic materials may potentially cause cancer. That’s exactly why you should always opt for natural fabrics – they are more sustainable and they can decompose really fast, unlike synthetic fibers that aren’t quickly biodegradable. Besides that, clothes made from natural materials are a much better investment, since synthetic fabrics tend to break down and get fuzzy after every washing.
Organic cotton, linen, wool, silk, cashmere are all true representatives of natural fibers at their finest. There’s also bamboo fabric, which is great if you’re looking for quality clothes. If you ask us, the reason to choose bamboo clothing items is the fact that this is one of the most eco-friendly fabrics in the world. It’s more resilient than cotton, and it feels really soft on the skin. Give it a try as soon as possible and you won’t regret it!
Do fashion brands even try to keep up with sustainable fashion?
The truth is that eco-fashion is based on slow fashion principle which doesn’t rely on consumerism that’s widely accepted today. The man and his health, as well as the awareness about pollution and taking care of our planet are the main concerns of sustainable fashion, and some of the major fashion brands recognized that and started to play by those rules.
Stella McCartney is just one famous name that turned to sustainability in fashion, together with H&M that came up with Conscious – their own sustainable clothing line. Monsoon, ASOS, and New Balance are also working towards accepting sustainability by the customers from all over the globe. Apart from them, there are also smaller, yet-to-be-heard-of brands like Mayamiko, Litke, Mirabelle, and even Minna – a brand that offers ethically made wedding wear!
However, there are still so many brands that don’t take sustainability as an option. One of them is Vivienne Westwood, whose Climate Change Revolution calls on consumers to buy less. She also created a line of bags manufactured in Africa, in order to empower African women, but the truth is that this designer didn’t do much to make her own brand eco-friendly. Her products are often made from PVC and petroleum byproduct, so be sure you carefully read the label the next time you want to buy any clothing item!
Eco-fashion represents the future of the fashion industry, without any doubt, and the fact that more and more people turn to it every day seems really encouraging. Besides that, even some major fashion houses are also switching to sustainable fashion, which is more than welcome. You definitely won’t make a mistake if you pick a fashionable yet eco-friendly piece!