In the 70’s, polyester changed the fashion industry. It was cheap, durable, and easy to clean. However, years later we began to learn the toxic properties and their problem on the environment. Today textile science seems to be advancing yet again and in a much more eco-friendly fashion. Here’s the 5 most surprising (and yummy) ingredients making sustainable textiles the latest trend in fashion.
1 | Pineapple
An actually sustainable vegan leather option (because FYI if it’s made of petroleum, you’re not doing any better than real leather). Pinatex by Ananas Anam is created from the leaves of pineapple plants after the pineapples have been harvested (hooray byproduct). It has had a bit of time on the market to create some buzz and fuel the sustainable fashion fire, check ‘em out.
2 | Orange
Orange you glad Salvatore Ferragamo has partnered with Orange Fiber to give their sustainable fabric some spotlight? This citrus byproduct is spun to create a silky, lightweight fabric that can be opaque or iridescent depending on your needs, and hails from Italy.
3 | Banana
Banana leaf husks make for a great sustainable fibre similar in feel to bamboo and mainly produced in nepal. The suggested application is in jackets, pants, and skirts, or home decor items. It’s still a bit hard to source this but here’s a few places we could find: Offset Warehouse, DBA This, and FOLK International Nepal.
4 | Coconut
37.5 has a patented activewear fibre that outperforms all the others. This moisture and temperature control technology finds its roots in coconut husks and volcanic sand. Originally launched as Cocona, the rebrand allowed them to leave the hemp crowd and capture the attention of activewear big wigs like The North Face, Asics, and Adidas where real sustainable change can happen.
5 | Milk
Not a fruit, but it’s an equally odd ingredient for fabric and therefore bears mentioning. Literally made from sour milk this sustainable fabric is silky soft with a natural antibacterial effect and strong water absorbency. It’s also the only natural fiber with thermobonding properties which means it remains natural and compostable.
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