Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Sustainable Fashion: Clothes That Protect the Planet

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Is sustainable fashion the secret to protecting the planet?

We all have a role to play in the future of our planet, and everyone is going to have to pull together and do any small thing they can. Fashion is helping to lead the way to a greener future, with clothes that are stylish and sustainable.

Big names are leading the way

Environmental sustainability is everyone’s responsibility, but those in places of power have much more influence over the future of the planet. Style icons and design houses are strutting forward, leading the world in sustainability as they stride down the catwalk towards a greener future of eco-friendly fashion.

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Courtesy Gucci

The latest styles available at SSENSE offer you sustainable options without losing the Gucci fashion label, or superior quality and designs. This is letting people across the world live and dress more sustainably while maintaining their fashionista persona and lust for luxury. Sustainable fabrics and fashions are beginning to dominate style trends and will be a big part of the business in the future.

From waste to waists

The key to building a sustainable future is finding ways to use waste to make new products and materials. This is one of the areas where fashion can have a huge impact as many man-made and naturally produced waste materials can be turned into useful fibres and fabrics.

Plants and fruit waste are being reprocessed into vegan-friendly leathers and threads that can be used to make clothing and accessories.

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Courtesy Stella McCartney

Piñatex is a leather-like material made from pineapple leaves left over from canning fresh pineapples. This fabric is strong, durable, and is made without any chemicals, and uses less water than traditional leather-making methods. It can be used in clothing, accessories, and even on luxury hotel furniture.

The rebirth of wool and linen

When people think about sustainable materials they do not often think of wool, but this material grows naturally every year and the friendly sheep that are sheared are extremely happy to provide it.

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Courtesy Mr Mittens

Wool was used much more extensively in fashion more than a century ago, but as man-made materials were introduced to the market, wool fell from fashion. Now, it is coming back.

Linen is also undergoing a fashion renaissance. This soft and light fabric, perfect for summer dresses and shirts, is made from flax seed fibres. It uses much less water and energy to produce than cotton and has been used for millennia across the world as a fabric. Expect to see linen on the catwalks in the next few seasons and hitting stores in the coming years.

The future of fashion is biodegradable clothing

You may not like the idea of your clothing collection slowly degrading and melting away, but this is the future of fashion. Clothing clogs up landfills across the world, and we need to start thinking about what happens to our threads when we have finished with them. 

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Courtesy Amour Vert

Fibres and fabrics that biodegrade over time will help tackle this problem, and you will still get many years of life from your wardrobe before it self-destructs.

The future of fashion looks bright, with sustainable fabrics and fibres coming from new and old sources to help everyone reach our environmental goals. Keep your eyes out for sustainable fashion in stores and begin your journey towards a better future with style.

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