Our modern lifestyles have greatly contributed to the overconsumption of the Earth’s natural resources. With the global population on the rise, the coming decades will see even more demands on the planet’s resources, as more and more people fight for land to grow food and build housing, while limited water resources must meet numerous domestic and industrial requirements.
Thanks to growing global awareness of these issues, more and more people are striving to live more sustainably. This may seem like a challenge, especially at first, but doing so can be highly beneficial to you, your community, and the planet in general. Sustainable fashion is something that is relatively easy to adopt as a consumer but can have a significant impact on saving the planet’s resources for future generations.
In particular, it’s important to opt for natural alternatives to synthetic materials. Natural fibres from plants and animals are far from new, but over the last century or so the fashion industry has adopted synthetic fabrics made from petroleum, such as nylon and polyester.
These materials are cheap, durable, and versatile, but they’re also terrible for the environment, not to mention that they come from non-renewable sources. Instead, we should look to return to using natural fibres that are renewable and produced in ways that don’t harm the natural environment.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at 7 fantastic pieces made from natural fibres that you can use to build a stunning wardrobe without harming the planet.
Cotton is one of the oldest natural fibres around and continues to be highly popular. However, contemporary cotton-growing techniques mainly depend on chemical pesticides and fertilizers that are devastating to the environment. Instead, look for organic cotton – this means that the crop has been grown, harvested, and processed in an environmentally-friendly way.
Organic cotton is produced without harmful chemicals, and the end product is safe, comfortable, and highly breathable. T-shirts made from organic cotton are eco-friendly as they consume less water and no chemicals, and are the perfect versatile piece that everyone should have in their wardrobe!
Wool is another fantastic natural fibre composed of natural protein which makes it biodegradable. Each year, sheep grow new fleece making wool a renewable resource that can be harvested without harming the animal.
Wool also has a number of properties that make it ideal for a range of clothing, accessories, and homeware items, not least of all a cosy sweater. It’s highly durable and a natural insulator. Additionally, its ability to absorb moisture and transport it away from your body leaves your skin dry and comfortable just as it does on sheep. A woollen sweater will also reduce body odour and regulates your body temperature keeping you comfortable.
Linen is a traditional natural fibre made from flax plants. It can easily be grown without chemicals and requires little to no water to thrive. Linen is ideal for durable pieces of clothing which are highly breathable – making it perfect for a cool summer womens dress. A linen dress also has a long life span thanks to the durable nature of this textile.
Bamboo is the world’s fastest-growing woody plant making it one of our most renewable natural resources. It is an extremely strong material now used for different purposes such as a sustainable building material for homes and other structures.
Besides this, clothing made from this natural fibre is super absorbent, luxuriously soft, naturally anti-bacterial, odour repelling, UV protectant, and long-lasting. It provides hypo-allergenic comfort from head to toe and is 100% biodegradable, making it ideal for a cozy pair of sustainable socks.
Sheepskin is one of the planet’s most versatile natural fibres. Sheepskin slippers made from this sustainable material are known for their temperature-regulating properties. Your feet will be warm in winter and cool when the temperature rises. Not only that, but slippers made from sheepskin have excellent insulating properties and are also resistant to flame and static electricity.
Silk is a classic, luxe fabric that has been used for centuries to make fine dresses and other formal garments. It’s also 100% natural, so it’s renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable.
Add to this that silk is highly breathable, soft and comfortable, and why wouldn’t you want to wrap yourself in a stunning silk scarf? Go for a stunning pattern, a neutral tone, or a bold shade – whatever suits your personality – and take any outfit to the next level.
Shopping bags are one of the most frequently used accessories in our daily lives. So why not make your shopping eco-friendly? Jute or bamboo bags are made from plant-based fabrics that are biodegradable and produced with a minimal carbon footprint.
This natural fibre is a long-lasting and reusable alternative to conventional polythene bags, so essential if you want to avoid contributing to the world’s plastic waste woes.
Making your purchasing decisions based on sustainability will go a long way. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint, but you’ll also promote an eco-friendly lifestyle to your family and friends.