Category Textile Reviews

The Environmental Impacts of Leather

Depending upon how it is processed, leather has the potential to have a signficant environmental impact, or it can be a smart sustainable choice. Of course, we can’t ignore the ethical considerations of using animal hide for our clothing and footwear, but neither can ignore the environmental harm associated with conventional vegan leather (PVC). So this post will go through all the ethical and enviromental considerations associated with wearing leather, and

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Textile Review: The ethics and sustainability of wool

Wool is fiber that I recommend as a sustainable textile. It is biodegradable, breathable and highly versatile.  But the ethics and sustainability of this textile are complicated. I chose to wear wool for it’s warmth and its sustainable qualities, but others may be put off by some of the ethical considerations attached to this animal fiber. In this post I lay out all of the ethical considerations, along with the

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The Environmental Impacts of Nylon

Nylon is synthetic man-made fiber derived from petrochemicals- a thermoplastic – which is used extensively throughout the fashion industry. It is extremely versatile, and is used for everything from stockings and parachutes, to carpets, packaging and even car parts. The sheer breadth of nylon’s uses means that it is difficult to uncover what the overall contribution of nylon in fashion is to climate change and environmental harm. But we can consider the

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Why most vegan leather is not sustainable

[pinterest] One of my pet peeves is when vegan shoe and accessories labels use the word sustainable in their marketing, claiming to be sustainable when the vegan leather they use is PVC.  I was born and raised vegetarian, and I am sympathetic to vegan ideals. And the industrialised meat industry is highly unsustainable. To be fair, there are some sustainable vegan shoe options- shoes that use organic cotton canvas, natural

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Human Trafficking in Fashion

[pinterest] Today I am delighted to bring you a guest post on the topic of human trafficking by Stephanie Hepburn. Stephanie is well qualified to write this post for us, she is an independent journalist whose work has been published in the Guardian, Americas Quarterly, USA Today U-Wire, the Times-Picayune and the journal Gender Issues. She has written two books on human rights, Women’s Roles and Statuses the World Over

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Textile Review: The environmental impacts of cotton

What are the environmental costs of cotton? It is a natural fiber and is biodegradable, so surely it is more sustainable than polyester and nylon, right? Can I be sustainably minded and still buy convention cotton? The short answer is no. But it is possible to reduce the impact of cotton by choosing more sustainable alternatives. So let’s look at the facts. Cotton is responsible for 25% of the world’s

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Textile Review: Bamboo

Bamboo has recently been hailed a boon to sustainable fashion. But is this textile as sustainable as it is claimed? Or is the use of bamboo in fashion a form of ‘greenwash’ designed to give consumers a false belief that their clothing is good to the environment? Fabric made from bamboo- bamboo cotton as it is often called- is actually a form of viscose, a manufactured fiber which is derived

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Textile Review: The Environmental Impacts of Colouring Yarn and Fabrics

When seeking out eco-friendly clothing options, consumers often look to the source of the fiber (cotton, polyester, hemp, linen) to reduce their environmental impact. The choice of fiber is an important first step in the process. But in order to ensure that the clothing you buy is sustainable, it is also important to consider the dying process that has been used. The colour of your clothes can have a huge

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Textile Review: Hemp

Hemp has long been a mainstay of sustainable wardrobes worldwide, being embraced by the hippy generations as an environmentally conscious alternative to conventional cotton. The early marketing of this textile was focused largely on this niche group of consumers, and hemp was predominantly featured in tie-dyed t-shirts, fisherman’s pants and peasant-style dresses that appealed to their aesthetic tastes. Consequently, for a long time hemp has been viewed as a  textile

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