Sustainable Fashion Trend on the Rise for 2017

Unsustainable fashion, a term we have been hearing a lot recently, is flat out ruining our Earth!  It is fashion that is not able to biodegrade easily or at all. This means that we have textiles sitting in landfills for a very long time. It only continues to build up more and more.

I would have not known about unsustainable fashion if it was not for my Textiles class. My professor, Jamie Kara, a supporter for sustainable textiles, had us do projects in which we learned about places that provide sustainable clothing and why it’s important to rely heavily on the sustainable textiles.

“I never knew I had a 100% sustainable wool sweater,” Hanna Blanchard, a sophomore majoring in art therapy, said. “I looked at the tag and just saw it. It’s nice to know I’m keeping the environment safe by buying eco-friendly clothing.”

Sustainable clothing is clothing that comes from natural resources, so they break down or biodegrade easier. These resources include wool, cotton, bamboo, silk, hemp, etc. Fibers that are made naturally compared to man-made and synthetic fibers are better overall for the environment. Man-made fibers, such as polyester, spandex and rayon take longer to break down or do not break down at all.

We see the importance of sustainable fashion during Sustainable Fashion Week. Sustainable Fashion Week is not only an event in the United States but also takes place worldwide. This is a week for clothing designers and clothing companies to help make their consumers aware of the environmentally negative impacts of unsustainable textiles.

As of right now, the sustainable fashion trend is very new, and most people have not had a chance to try it. Anyone who cares about making the fashion industry more sustainable by buying sustainable clothing will jump right on board.

Since most people are uncomfortable spending, for example, $100 on a T shirt, it will take awhile for this trend to hit its peak and get everyone on board. However, less is more. Having a basic tee that will last 10 years versus a couple months will, in the end, be better for the Earth.

When shopping, you always want to look at the tag on the inside of the shirt. If the shirt is 100 percent wool, cotton, hemp, etc it will most be sustainable. If there are fabrics you are not sure of, then go on your cell phone and type it in to know whether or not it is sustainable or not. Checking is the most important step.

Check out some of these awesome and reputable sustainable and eco-friendly places to shop.

Indigenous: Looking for a company who not only gets great reviews for being Fair Trade but also takes advantage of being environmentally sustainable? Indigenous is not only my favorite store but a great place to shop online!

Modavanti: Looking for recycling clothing? Modavanti is your go to site!

Kaight: Looking for a boutique that has a huge interest in environmentally sustainable clothing? Check out Kaight’s unique and trendy clothing!

 

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  1. I know a majority of my clothing is not good for the environment. I think about the T Shirts that are torn into strips and handwoven into rugs and those rugs last decades. It’s a hard reality to face. Back when my clothing was biodegradable and natural, it also needed to be iron religiously, or, be stored with mothballs to prevent the moths from eating the wool coats and sweaters. I know many students at the school I work at who don’t even know what an iron is! And, I prefer to be out in a blizzard in my Northface or Columbia waterproof, windproof, sweatproof jacket, than the woolen coats of my relatives that weighed at least 5 pounds and became drenched with moisture. Along with trying to be reasonable, we have a lot of educating to do. Identifying an item’s content and sustainability on the label is useful. I agree. I wish I lived in a warm climate where silk would be a year round wardrobe staple! Silk is amazing.

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