The Rise of Sustainable Fibers in the Fashion Industry

| 12/3/2015 1:35:00 PM

Tags: Fashion, Style, Eco-Friendly Style, Eco-Style, Eco-Friendly Clothing, Fashion Industry, Zoe Clark,

Fashion has always been considered a way to express yourself through the clothing choices you make. Still, showing who you are through the fashions you own and wear has quickly moved from “I love it” to “I must have it” as a result of in-your-face marketing placed in various magazines and advertisements we encounter daily.

This seasonal and repeated trend has made us collective victims of not only over-spending, but insensible over-pollution and consequently conscious destruction of our planet. How so? Well, it’s no secret that fashion doesn’t care much about the negative impact it’s having on our environment or lives of the planet’s inhabitants. Constant endangering of animals through fur production and animal testing is just the tip of the iceberg.

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“Fast fashion leaves a pollution footprint, with each step of the clothing lifecycle generating potential environmental and occupational hazards. For example, polyester, the most widely used manufactured fiber, is made from petroleum. With the rise in production in the fashion industry, the demand for man-made fibers, especially polyester, has nearly doubled in the last 15 years, according to figures from the Technical Textile Markets. The production of polyester and other synthetic fabrics is an energy-intensive process requiring large amounts of crude oil and releasing various emissions, including volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and acid gases such as hydrogen chloride, all of which can cause or aggravate respiratory disease”, writes Luz Claudio in his paper on fashion pollution, Waste Couture: Environmental Impact of the Clothing Industry.

To all the environmentally-friendly fashionistas out there, sustainable fashion could be a way out and keep us looking good without harming our planet. Although, in all truth, sustainable fashion hasn’t always gained positive critiques in terms of its chic design and variety; candidly speaking, it has rarely even been linked to style. Why? Due to the poor resources it relies on rarely anything could be made so that it parallels the lush, extravagant runway fashion we are usually fascinated by. Well, not anymore!

Luckily for all of us nature lovers, recent years have brought a twist that makes sustainable fashion as chic and stylish as we’ve always desired! The color choices, cuts, amazing use of cheap yarn for incredibly on-trend designs, along with the overall intent of sustainable fashion are in a rapid state of progress and change. We’re sure whether we’re more excited about how gorgeous it is, or about the fact it’s actually happening!

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