Eco textiles

Eco-textiles are all the rage which has lead to many new inventions using earth friendly byproducts. Some companies have developed new eco-friendly textiles from algae, soya, milk casein, bamboo, etc. Ingeo, a natuČral synthetic fiber made by distilling plant sugar from plant starches such as corn, has made its high-fashion debut. Other firms make clothes from natural or recycled mateČrials. In China, Bambro Textiles works with bamboo fiber, spun from bamboo grown in Yunnan province, to propose a range of household linens in this 100% natural and biodegradable material. Patagonia has been manufacturing fleeČce sweaters from recycled plastic bottles for several years.

The reason why eco fashion is so relevant to sustainability is that fashion is like no other medium - you actually drape yourself in what you believe in. There is no other medium like it. Eco-Fashion has the greatest potential to be the medium that brings about sustainable change through its unique power of influence.

Recycled Fabric (Remnants and piece goods)

Remnants and piece goods come from fabric mills and apparel sewers. These goods are structurally sound but could have slight misdye. Most goods are just mill over-runs or discontinue. These goods are used to produce relevant garments that need to be only cut and sewn. Then the left over cut waste is further recycled until there is only recycled fiber left to be spun back to usable yarn.

Recycled Cotton

Recycled Cotton is also an ecofriendly choice in cotton clothing since recycled cotton is cotton fabric which is made from recovered cotton that would otherwise be cast off during the spinning, weaving or cutting process. The discarded cotton waste is collected, shredded into small fibers and processed again into yarns and fabrics. Truly ecofriendly - because of waste recycling process, no chemicals used during processing, it helps in generating employment and good for the environment. No certification is mandatory; however Oekotex certificate adds credibility and authentication.

Recycled Polyester

Polyester fiber is one of the most non-biodegradable polymers which create environmental problems. The legislation opens the door towards working over recycling of PET. The Wellman Inc is the world's largest Polyester recycler. Major revolution happened in 1993 when Wellman Inc. introduced the first polyester textile fiber made from post consumer PET packaging: Fortrel« EcoSpun«. A new generation of fiber that is most suitable for diversified products range such as backpacks and blankets, T-shirts, sportswear, soft luggage and socks. Whereas the certification obtained in licensed or patented yarns (eco spun) along with eco certification from Oekotex and SGS or any other environmental testing agency.

Bamboo Fiber

It's a common fact that bamboo can thrive naturally without using any pesticide. It is seldom eaten by pests or infected by pathogen. Why? Scientists found that bamboo owns a unique anti-bacteria and bacteriostasis bio-agent named "bamboo Kun". This substance combined with bamboo cellulose molecular tightly all along during the process of being produced into bamboo fiber.

Bamboo fiber has particular and natural functions of anti-bacteria, bacteriostasis and deodorization It is validated by Japan Textile Inspection Association that, even after fifty times of washing, bamboo fiber fabric still possesses excellent function of anti-bacteria, bacteriostasis. Its test result shows over 70% death rate after bacteria being incubated on bamboo fiber fabric. Bamboo fiber's natural anti-bacteria function differs greatly from that of chemical antimicrobial. The later often tend to cause Skin allergy when added to apparel. Additionally, bamboo fiber has the properties of the following:

Other Eco friendly Fibers - New Innovations

Apart from the ecofriendly fibers mentioned above, here are some other ecofriendly fibers listed below:

  • Lyocell
  • Lycra
  • Tencel
  • Organic Wool
  • Organic Silk
  • Hemp - Sustainable by Nature
  • Coffee grounds