December 29, 2023 3 min read
It's no surprise that we're passionate about slow fashion and believe in the transformative power of thoughtful choices...especially when it comes to fabric. It's not something that most of us think about but you wear it all day long over your largest organ, your skin. You absorb whatever chemicals are in your clothing. This is especially true during warmer weather or when you're hot and your pores are open. That's the reason why we've created our major in's and out's fabric edition for 2024.
2024 In: Natural Fabrics. Here's why...
Eco-Friendly Production: Polyester, a synthetic fabric derived from petroleum, has a notorious reputation for its environmental impact. The production of polyester involves energy-intensive processes and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. On the contrary, TENCEL is crafted from sustainably sourced wood pulp, primarily eucalyptus, using a closed-loop process. Lenzing's commitment to eco-friendly production ensures minimal environmental impact, making TENCEL a superior choice for those seeking a greener wardrobe.
Biodegradability: One of the most significant drawbacks of polyester is its resistance to decomposition. Polyester garments can persist in landfills for hundreds of years, releasing harmful microplastics into the environment. TENCEL, on the other hand, is biodegradable. It breaks down naturally, returning to the earth without leaving a lasting footprint. By choosing TENCEL, you contribute to a more circular and sustainable fashion cycle.
Breathability and Comfort: Polyester is known for its lack of breathability, often leaving the wearer feeling hot and uncomfortable. TENCEL, however, boasts excellent moisture absorption properties, wicking away sweat and ensuring a cooler and more comfortable experience. The fabric is soft to the touch, offering a luxurious feel against the skin. Whether you're lounging at home or stepping out for a night on the town, TENCEL provides the perfect blend of style and comfort.
Versatility and Style: TENCEL is a versatile fabric that effortlessly combines style and sustainability. Its smooth, draping quality makes it ideal for a variety of clothing items, from casual wear to elegant evening attire. The fabric takes dyes exceptionally well, resulting in vibrant and long-lasting colors. By choosing TENCEL, you not only embrace a conscious lifestyle but also elevate your fashion choices with a fabric that seamlessly blends ethics and aesthetics.
Reduced Carbon Footprint: The carbon footprint of polyester extends beyond its production phase, as it often requires more energy to wash and maintain. TENCEL, with its lower energy consumption during production and exceptional durability, helps reduce your overall carbon footprint. By opting for TENCEL garments, you make a positive contribution to the fight against climate change and promote a more sustainable and responsible approach to fashion.
2024 Out: Synthetic Fabrics. Here's why...
Environmental Impact of Production: Polyester is derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. The production of polyester involves an energy-intensive process that contributes significantly to carbon emissions. From extraction to manufacturing, the environmental toll of polyester production is substantial, exacerbating climate change and depleting finite resources.
Microfiber Pollution: One of the less-discussed but highly concerning aspects of polyester is its propensity to shed microfibers. When polyester garments are washed, microscopic plastic fibers are released into water systems, eventually finding their way into oceans and waterways. These microfibers pose a serious threat to aquatic life and have been found in various marine species, creating a pervasive environmental issue with long-lasting consequences.
Limited Biodegradability: Unlike natural fibers that decompose over time, polyester is virtually indestructible. The fabric can take hundreds of years to break down, contributing to the mounting problem of textile waste. Polyester garments that end up in landfills persist for generations, further burdening the environment and future generations with the consequences of our choices.
Human Health Concerns: The production and disposal of polyester can have direct implications for human health. The chemicals involved in the manufacturing process, such as antimony trioxide and ethylene glycol, have been linked to health issues ranging from respiratory irritation to potential carcinogenic effects. Additionally, the presence of microplastics in water sources, originating from polyester, raises concerns about their impact on human health through the food chain.
Exploitative Labor Practices: The production of polyester is often associated with exploitative labor practices. In many cases, the communities where polyester is manufactured face poor working conditions, low wages, and limited workers' rights. By choosing polyester, consumers may unintentionally support a supply chain that disregards the well-being of those involved in the manufacturing process.
As consumers, we hold the power to shape the future of the fashion industry through our choices. Understanding the environmental and social implications of synthetic fabrics like polyester is the first step toward making informed decisions. By opting for sustainable alternatives and supporting ethical fashion practices, we can collectively contribute to a more responsible and compassionate industry—one that prioritises the health of our planet and the well-being of its inhabitants.
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