A guide to choosing eco-friendly fabrics for your wardrobe
Fast fashion is putting the future of the planet at risk - Sarah Young speaks to a number of industry experts to find out how different fabrics impact the environment and what we, as consumers, can do to help
Searches for this padded vegan leather design with front popper closures and side pockets have increased by 30 per cent on Lyst since the beginning of January. Nanushka has been a firm brand favourite among sartorial fans since 2018 and championed by models Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid. Despite the influence of fashion fashion, Le Caer tells The Independent that brands like Nanushka “design eco-friendly collections that more often than not sell out in a matter of days, proving that style and sustainability can and do go hand in hand”.
In September 2018, British fashion label Stella McCartney released its first ever vegetarian pair of Stan Smith trainers in collaboration with Adidas. The shoes are made from vegan leather, 100 per cent recycled polyester and feature stars running down the side. Six months following its launch, searchers for the brand rose 21 per cent on Lyst, making the style the most searched sustainable trainers on the website and the best selling product for the fashion brand. Stella McCartney’s designs have been worn on several occasions by Meghan Markle, who was seen 'recycling' a navy blue sustainable cape dress by the brand in Sydney, Australia during her royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Kingdom of Tonga last year.
Searches for “sustainable denim” are high this year and have resulted in a 187 per cent increase in page views for sustainable denim brands on Lyst. Weekday jeans, made from 100 per cent organic cotton, were the most wanted jeans among sustainable denim, resulting in an 80 per cent increase in searches from September.
With a mission statement dedicated to causing no unneccesary harm to the Earth and implementing solutions to the environmental crisis, it was to be expected that an item from Patagonia would feature on the list. This year, it’s the 100 per cent recycled polyester and water resistant Nano Puff Hoody jacket that’s become one of women’s most wanted ethical products. Meanwhile, the brand’s Classic Retro-X fleece jacket reigns among the world’s most sought-after men’s products in Lyst’ Index report. Searches for the brand have increased 66 per cent over the past six months on Lyst.
Stella McCartney x Stan Smith faux-leather trainers
One of the most in-demand pair of environmentally-friendly trainers over the last year has been the AllBirds Tree Runners. The shoes are made from a eucalyptus tree fiber which uses just five per cent of the water and a third of the amount of land when compared to traditional footwear materials. Meanwhile, the padded insoles are made out of merino wool. From January to March, searches for the brand were up 29 per cent on Lyst, while searches for “AllBirds shoes” have grown by 170 per cent, year-on-year.
– growing, circular, shared and benefiting everyone
– living and working conditions that are just, safe and dignified. Fair jobs created, workers paid living wage and empowerment trainings conducted
Amy Powney, creative director of the fashion brand, tells
Powney says that working with Mother of Pearl made her realise that “you can’t use the word sustainability” without seeing it in practice through a brand’s"culture”.
To help you minimise your impact on the environment, we’ve put together a list of the best and worst fabrics for the environment with the help of a number of industry experts.
It takes up to 3,000. gallons of water to make a single cotton t-shirt (Getty Images/Read more: The Independent
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