How do we move towards shopping more sustainably? Look out for clothing made from these fabrics on the label
Pinatex is a sustainably authentic leather replacement made from pineapples. Usually, animals are harmed during the process of sourcing leather, however, Pinatex is animal cruelty-free. Pinatex is made from burned pineapple fruit scrap leaves. Big brands such as Hugo Boss, Laura Strambi, and Votch make use of pinatex.
Organic hemp has plenty of benefits. It is a natural sunblock and it is antimicrobial. This is why it is a more expensive textile in comparison to other sustainable natural textiles. The production of hemp requires less water than cotton and the growth of hemp is healthy for the soil. Hemp is a carbon-negative raw material, meaning it absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere.
Bamboo is one of the few quickest growing plants on earth. The benefit of organic bamboo is that clothing is hypoallergenic (little likelihood of causing allergic reactions). Textiles made from bamboo are impressively absorbent and have the ability to wick water away from your body quicker in comparison to cotton. In hot, humid, and sweaty temperatures, bamboo textile clothing helps keep the wearer dry and cool.
Recycled Polyester (also known as rPET)
Plastic doesn’t end up in the ocean or in landfills, thanks to recycled polyester. Recycled Polyester is a recycled versatile form of fabric with many functions. Recycled polyester can be utilized to design or create anything from thin and light flexibly elastic ethical activewear to thick and fluffy sustainable fleece.
Sources: Sustainable Jungle, 2021;Fibre200, 2021; Chua, 2019