What is Eco-Friendly Clothing? Find out all you need to know!

What is Eco-Friendly Clothing?

 Eco-friendly signifies that products are manufactured with processes that reduce environmental impacts. This does not mean that the products are organic, you can refer to this article for further information on organic clothing.

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What are some examples of Eco-Friendly practices?

Eco-friendly practices include; 

  • Reducing carbon footprint or offset emissions
  • Using less harmful pesticides or hormones 
  • Using plant or animal fabrics
  • Using sustainable materials or recycled materials. 

What are some examples of “Eco-friendly” fabrics?

Most natural fabrics, those being fabrics that come from plants or animals, can be used to produce eco or environmentally friendly clothing. Natural fabrics are; 

  1.   Organic cotton
  2.   Hemp
  3.   Linen
  4.   Wool
  5.   Silk

Are “Eco- Friendly” fabrics better for the environment?

Whilst eco-friendly fabrics contribute to the slow fashion philosophy, any fabric created from new materials cannot be considered a truly sustainable fabric. 

What should I do instead of buying ‘eco-friendly’ fabrics?

First and foremost, you should always repair and reuse clothing. This ensures you get most use from the natural resources that were used to create it. Once clothing is no longer repairable, then you should up-cycle or recycle your clothing. 

When it comes time to buy a new piece of clothing, the fashion industry promotes eco-friendly clothing (or clothing made from certified organic materials) as sustainable fashion. At Remedy, we are the only truly sustainable clothing brand because we make recycled clothing from 100% recycled fabrics. 

What are biodegradable fabrics?

Biodegradable means that an item can be broken down into its natural base elements by bacteria,fungi, or some other biological process. Natural fibres like cotton, wool, & silk are biodegradable if they retain their natural form during production & processing.

Are all natural fibres biodegradable? 

Fibers are often blended to improve the feel, performance, or durability of the fabric. When natural fibers are blended with synthetic fibers the mix is no longer biodegradable. 

Natural fibres are often treated with chemicals to ensure their longevity as garments, this can also reduce their ability to break down.  

Which fabrics are not biodegradable?

Fabrics like polyester, acrylic, PVC, elastane, and nylon. These materials come from coal and petroleum products and can stay in a landfill for hundreds of years.