If you’ve been browsing around the Internet looking for fashion inspiration, chances are you’ve stumbled upon the term “eco-friendly fashion” or “eco fashion”.
As the name suggests, eco-friendly collections are manufactured with regards to our environment. But this doesn’t mean they’re made entirely from synthetic fibers. Far from it.
But it’s not just the actual fabric. The ways in which that fabric is altered and the working conditions are also taken into account.
The Most Eco-Friendly Fabric
This may come as a surprise but the best eco-fabric is… cotton! But not regular cotton: organic cotton.
Conventional cotton is grown using insecticides and pesticides but organic cotton makes no use of them. As you probably guess, clothes made from organic cotton are more expensive (due to higher production costs).
Other cellulose-based fabrics (besides cotton) include: flax, bamboo and even soy or banana. I haven’t found yet any clothes that actually incorporate these but I will post photos as soon as I do.
An interesting way of producing eco-friendly clothes is to recycle them. Sadly, there are only a few locations throughout the world who can actually take old clothes and turn them into something new.
Meet John Batrlett
One of the leaders in eco-fashion is without a doubt John Bartlett. His 2012-2013 Autumn-Winter collection looks pretty good and he assures is it’s VERY eco-friendly:
Who Else Is Interested
Eco-friendly fashion is getting more and more appealing to designer. Probably because of the consumers who want to look great and protect Mother Earth at the same time.
This is good news! … or is it?
Clothes are already expensive. It’s hard enough that it costs a little to have a solid wardrobe but what will happen if prices go even higher? Will we be forced to spend more or shop less? Let me hear your thoughts.