From fast fashion to cotton, the list of ways we consume fashion that have an adverse effect on our environment and other species is a long one.
Apart from consuming less, recycling and repairing, can we find clothes and textiles which are more sustainable? And if you have to buy new clothes, which fabrics should you look out for? Here are five materials which could help in the drive for a more sustainable way of life. All these fabrics are very much used by Scotch & Soda especially in their new collections.
Organic Cotton – Organic cotton is cotton that has been grown on land that has been certified as being free of pesticides for at least three years, and from plants which are not genetically modified. When cotton is produced organically, it requires significantly less water to grow and is free from pesticides.
Tencel ( Lyocell) – Tencel is the trademark brand name of Lyocell supplied by the Lenzing Group. The Lenzing group is a market leader in the production of botanic fibres. Lyocell is a man- made fibre produced from wood pulp ( cellulose, often from the eucalyptus tree which is a rapid growing renewable source) with a low environmental impact. The production of Tencel is a closed loop process, the solvent is non-toxic and can be recycled. More info can be found at lenzing.com
Recycled fibres – A recycled fibre is made from an existing source, this can either be pre or post consumer. Recycling fibres, reduces the need to create new virgin fibres thus reducing textile waste. This season, look out for recycled cotton, polyester and linen in the Scotch & Soda collection.
Linen – A historic fabric that is still in-vogue today for a variety of uses. Linen is made from a natural source; the fibres of the flax plant.
BCI Cotton – BCI stands for the Better Cotton Initiative. An international initiative to bring together different stakeholders to act together to reduce the environmental and social impact of cotton production.