The movement of Slow Fashion It came to change the world of fashion and promote more conscious and ecological consumers. Get to know these sustainable and alternative textile materials.
The fashion industry is the second most polluting in the world, after the oil sector and its derivatives. Even the oil sector has a lot to do with the contamination of clothing, since 70% of the garments are made of Polyestera textile that is made with oil.
The truth is that we practically dress in plastic. Low prices, large-scale processing and consumerism prevailing are the main causes. It is in our hands to change it.
In this context, new proposals and innovative fabrics made with materials from nature arise.
Some of them are:
It comes from a plant that is easy to grow, consumes little water and does not require pesticides or transgenic seeds. It has been known for some time and is used as a yarn and ecological fiber. In addition to being sustainable, it has antibacterial properties and is very resistant.
Coffee bean waste is the ideal material to reuse and turn into quality textiles.
Taiwanese company Singtex is a pioneer in a textile technology process through which they use coffee powder to make versatile threads that can be used for garments and outdoor textiles.
There are several varieties of nettle plant that can be farmed to create usable materials. The common nettle, for example, is harvested during the summer and the yarns are made with which the garments are later made.
Stinging nettle, on the other hand, is similar to hemp and is used for garments that keep you warm, ideal during the winter months.
The pineapple either pineapple It is a super nutritious food that is also possible to recycle. There is currently a vegan alternative that replaces leather and is all the rage in various parts of the world: Piñatex.
It is a fabric developed by the brand Anam Pineappleswhich is made with pineapple leaves from the Philippines. The entire production process is sustainable: it begins by extracting the fibers from the leaves and then these are subjected to non-polluting industrial modifications.
In addition, the biomass or product derived from manufacturing is used as fertilizer or biogas by agricultural communities. It is a resistant and versatile material that has won several awards for its innovation.
Leather-like textile made with Piñatex
The fiber of banana, banana either banana tree It is one of the strongest in the world. Those who have tested its properties say that it is an excellent replacement for cotton, because it requires less water for its manufacture and is completely biodegradable.
In Spain, for example, the footwear brand indians proposes to apply design as an agent of change for the care of the environment. To do this, they use banana fiber to make shoes and sneakers that, in addition to being very pretty, are sustainable.