Eco-friendly fabrics are one of the pillars of sustainable fashion. Textiles have a massive impact on the environment, from their manufacturing process to their ability to break down once a garment has reached the end of its life. That’s why at Fairoase we choose natural and sustainable fabrics that have a minimal carbon footprint. These are fabrics that make you look and feel good with their comfortable fibers and low rate of energy consumption. From silky lyocell to cozy wool, learn all about our materials below!
Soft and versatile, lyocell is an increasingly popular fabric choice for sustainable fashion brands.
What Is Lyocell?
Lyocell is essentially a more sustainable form of rayon. It’s derived from wood pulp, often from eucalyptus, bamboo, oak, and birch trees. Eucalyptus remains the most popular option as trees grow fast on most types of land, and they don’t require irrigation or pesticides.
Lyocell is coveted for its silky handfeel and strong, breathable fibers. It can be used for almost any type of garment, from basics, underwear, and activewear to formal blazers. Lyocell has become a popular vegan-friendly alternative to silk in dresses and blouses.
Is Lyocell Sustainable?
No fabric is perfect, but lyocell is pretty great when it comes to sustainability! As a plant-based fabric, it’s biodegradable and compostable as long as it isn’t mixed with synthetics. Its production process doesn’t require a lot of water, it has minimal use of toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and it even uses a closed loop process that doesn’t release chemicals into the environment. The only downside is that it can use a fairly high amount of energy, but apart from that lyocell is considered an environmentally-friendly fabric.
You’ll often see tencel and lyocell used interchangeably. That’s because they’re the same fabric! Tencel is just another form of lyocell. It’s the brand name owned by the Austrian textile company Lenzing AG.
Are there any differences between tencel and lyocell? Lenzing AG exclusively uses trees that have been responsibly harvested from the Forest Stewardship Council. This ensures shoppers that their tencel garments haven’t contributed to deforestation. Learn more about lyocell and tencel here!
Yet another silky, plant-based material makes our sustainable fabric list!
What Is Viscose?
Viscose is another member of the rayon family that has been around longer than tencel and lyocell. It’s also derived from the wood-pulp of trees such as beech, pine, eucalyptus, and bamboo and is often used as an alternative to silk.
Viscose is favored for its soft, lightweight hand feel as well as its breathability and absorption properties. You’ll often see it used in breezy summer dresses, blouses, and activewear.
Is Viscose Sustainable?
Viscose isn’t considered as sustainable as lyocell or tencel, because its production often uses more harsh chemicals and consumes a higher level of energy. However, there are more eco-friendly options of viscose that are FSC-certified. This means that the materials used in the viscose have been sourced in a sustainable or renewable way. Like lyocell and tencel, viscose is biodegradable as long as it isn’t in a blend with synthetic fabrics.
You can learn more about viscosehere
Everyone’s favorite basic fabric becomes a lot more eco-friendly when made with organic seeds. The differences between organic and non-organic cotton are substantial, , so definitely go for organic if you want to make a difference!
What Is Organic Cotton?
Derived from the cotton seed, this fabric is renowned for its softness and breathability. Organic cotton is simply created without the use of the toxic chemicals associated with conventional cotton. It’s better for the planet and your health.
Organic Cotton vs. Non-Organic Cotton
- Organic cotton uses significantly less water than conventional cotton. It takes 186 gallons of water to create an organic cotton t-shirt, while its non-organic counterpart requires a whopping 2168 gallons!
- Organic cotton is made from natural, GMO-free seeds that don’t require the use of harmful pesticides or herbicides. In contrast, non-organic cotton uses about 25% of pesticides used in global farming!
- Organic cotton is safer for human skin. It uses more natural dyes and is hypoallergenic.
- Organic cotton is better for the earth. Crops are grown in a rotating field method that requires less irrigation and keeps nutrients in the soil for longer. Non-organic cotton is continually grown on the same fields, which degrades soil quality and removes nutrients from the earth.
- Organic cotton emits around 46% fewer CO2 emissions than non-organic cotton.
Recycled Synthetic Fibers
Not all synthetics are equal. Recycled synthetic fibers save waste from landfills and use almost half the amount of energy as virgin synthetics. They maintain the same quality of regular synthetics and can be recycled numerous times without losing their durable properties. We use recycled polyamide, elastane, and nylon in our activewear, hosiery, and outerwear for increased stretch and strength.
As one of the world’s oldest natural materials, you could say that wool is the original sustainable fabric. A favorite for knitwear and outerwear, wool is proof that sometimes you can’t go wrong with tradition.
What Is Wool?
Warm and cozy, wool is the hair-like fiber produced from sheep, goats, alpacas, and llamas. It has been worn for centuries to create durable, high quality fabrics. Wool is favored for its thermoregulating properties and is a cold weather staple.
Is Wool Sustainable?
Yes! Wool is a natural, renewable, and biodegradable resource. It generally uses less energy and water than other fabrics during production. Wool is often questioned because, as an animal by-product, it is not vegan. However there are organizations that regulate the treatment of animals on farms to ensure that wool products are created in a cruelty-free manner. If you’re not a vegan, wool is an excellent choice for sustainable fashion.