If you have read my previous post, you might known that I am constanly doing decluttering, trying to waste less, recycle and buy quality instead ofquantity, so any way it is just my journey to become more sustainable.
So in term of cosmetics I try to use everything eco friendly and cruelty free, but now let’s jump into my closet. Recently decluttered a few things that are not my taste or size or in a bad condition, but now I just wanted to know what are the materials which my clothes made of. So Quality is all about the fabric and construction: when a nicer fabric meets with a good construction it is tend to be a higher quality garments, which last longer. Is price tag show the quality? Not all the time, because you sometimes pay for the marketing behind,but I would not say that if you buy a cashmere sweater on a 130 EUR or a 1000 EUR price tag they will be the smae, because might be the materials are the same, but the time and care of production is totally different. I do not think that luxury items are worst the price tag, also in vintage or pre-owned items can be a great deal.
So I just feel, so start buying things which contains at least for 80 % of natural fabric is a good start. Might be the list will not be complete one.
Cotton: might be one of the most common material for clothes and it is natural, there are many different quality of it like organic cotton and it is widely recycleable. Here is a picture of its actual look as a plant.
Linen: an other natural, plant based textile, made from the fibers of the flax plant.
Leather: I think it is clear for everyone, the skin of the animals, most common is cow. So many different prducts can be made of leather, it last long and alright it is not so cruel, but you can choose what is better if you kill an animal (of course not the wild ones) use their meat to eat, skin to create leather goods or produce a lot of faux leather, which cause a lot of gas during production and kill all the natural eco system… Vegan leather is a great option but highly luxurious.
Cashmere and Wool: are fibers obtained form goats. Cashmere is a special type of wool form cashmere and pashmina goats. All of them are ideal for sweater and warm clothes, quality can be different.
Viscose is a term often used to represent the viscose fiber that is made from natural sources such as wood and agricultural products that are regenerated as cellulose fiber. The molecular structure of natural cellulose is preserved in the process. The many types and grades of viscose fibers can imitate the feel and texture of natural fibers such as silk, wool, cotton, and linen. The types that resemble silk are often called artificial silk. The fibre is used to make textiles for clothing and other purposes.
Rayon is manufactured from naturally occurring Cellulose hence, it is not considered to be synthetic. Technically, the term synthetic fiber is reserved for fully synthetic fibers made from synthetic polymers. In manufacturing terms, rayon is classified as “a fiber formed by regenerating natural materials into a usable form”. Specific types of rayon include viscose, modal and lyocell, each of which differs in the manufacturing process and the properties of the finished product.
Viscose can mean:
- A viscous solution of cellulose
- A synonym of rayon
- A specific term for viscose rayon—rayon made using the viscose (cellulose xanthate) process
The viscose fiber is made from dissolving wood pulp and regenerating it in the form of fibers. Pulp made from wood or bamboo is the most common raw material for making viscose. Viscose process dissolves cellulose pulp with aqueous sodium hydroxide in the presence of carbon disulfide. This viscous solution bears the name viscose. The cellulose solution is used to spin the viscose or the rayon fiber. Viscose rayon fiber is a soft fiber commonly used in dresses, linings, shirts, shorts, coats, jackets, and other outerwear. It is also used in industrial yarns, tyre cord, upholstery and carpets, to make disposable wipes, cleaning cloths and in the casting of cellophane.
Honestly I had totally no clue what is viscose so it is from Wikipedia…
Silk: can be natural like mulberry silk or syntetic from polyester or lyocell. So try to go for the natural scarfs, tops and shirts, they are real luxury.
Lets turn to the plastic side: Acrylic, Nylon and Polyester all made in the middle of a hude chemical process, there are more cheaper then the natural ones. Here is their main trait from dailymail.co.uk:
Elastane or spandex (in the USA): is a fiber which has elasticity and recovery in it. Usually they use it to give fexibility of natural or synthetic fibers, not on its own. It is gives the comfort to wear any of the clothes. Usually it is lower in jeans but highher (40%) in sportwear.
Lyocell: is the faux silk, shinny fabric made of cellulose. Tencel also made of cellulose (eucalyptus tree) and it widely recycled and as strong as polyester.
I hope it was a bit useful for the future, I am going to continue soon with the Fash fashion recycle movements.