If you’re concerned about the environmental impact of fashion, you probably spend some time reading garment tags to find out what your clothes are made of. When looking at labels it doesn’t take a magnifying glass to notice that one fabric comes up more than most: polyester. Considering its prevalence it is important to know exactly what you’ve got rubbing against your skin. We ask the question, how sustainable is polyester? Read More
Tencel is increasingly the fabric of choice for ethical and conscious clothing brands. It’s light and versatile, and is widely used in casual wear. But what is Tencel? We’ve put together a cheatsheet to help demystify this fabric and put the power back in your hands. Read More
When we think of velvet, we usually think of luxurious Renaissance drapings and ancient clothes, but we can also find it in trendy skirts and trousers nowadays. This luminous and soft fabric feels and looks more luxurious than most textiles, and it has transcended trends and styles without a hitch. Read More
Who doesn’t love glitter? Whether it’s on the craft table or the dancefloor, a little bit of shimmer can brighten up your day. But with increasing alarm about microplastic pollution and toxins, glitter may be losing its shine. So what’s the problem with glitter and what can we do about it? Read More
PVC. It’s that hard plastic piping you can see under your kitchen sink right? What’s it got to do with sustainable fashion? Well, the first thing to know about PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is that it’s used in many places. It can be manufactured as a hard material or a flexible fabric sometimes known as Vinyon. But given that it’s is another form of plastic, how sustainable is PVC for your wardrobe?
After gracing catwalks and red carpets for a better part of a decade, fashion is falling out of love with real animal fur, and an increasing number of designers and brands going fur-free. In its place we have faux fur – touted as the ethical alternative, it has the look of real fur while keeping animal lovers happy. So what’s the problem?
From the horrors of factory farming to the health issues affecting workers, to the leather industry’s high carbon footprint, it really begs the question: is all of this worth a pair of shoes? If buying leather just doesn’t sit right with you, there are plenty of amazing, natural alternatives out there! Read More
In many ways, natural fabrics are better for the environment. But simply saying that something is ‘natural’ shouldn’t be an automatic green-light. Let’s break down those natural fibres living in your closet. Read More
Engineered from a cocktail of chemicals, synthetic fabrics have a huge carbon footprint, requiring enormous amounts of energy, water and toxic dyes to create. When you look inside of your wardrobe, don’t be fooled. Like the sugar in your low-fat granola, synthetic fibres are often disguised by clever marketing. But don’t worry – we’re here to break down that label lingo for you. Read More