It takes 2700 litres of water to produce the cotton needed to make just ONE cotton t-shirt.
If you’re on the hunt for a new item and want to make a better fabric choice, we’ve got 5 for you to choose from.
Tencel: Becoming more common due to it’s likeness with cotton, Tencel uses less water and land than cotton production (5 times less land), It also focuses on minimum waste and low emissions in production. The fabric is made from eucalyptus tress and doesn’t require pesticides or irrigation. It’s celebrated for being breathable and less prone to wrinkling, compared to cotton.
Organic cotton: Is proven to conserve biodiversity improving the quality of land while preventing water contamination. Organic cotton doesn’t use chemical fertilisers, pesticides or insecticides. Unfortunately, Only 1% of the world’s cotton is organic.
Eco-fi: Produced in the Untied States, Eco-Fi is made form 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles. It has an ability to blend with other fabrics, and is versatile enough to be used in any textile production. Eco-fi is praised for it’s capability of keeping 3 billion plastic PET bottles out of landfill every year. 12 bottles equates to one pound of fibre. Although it comes with it’s own set of problems, Eco-fi ensures a certain amount of plastic is responsibly reused after it’s original purpose.
Ingeo: A fabric discovered by Cargill DowIngeo, made by extracting the starch sugars from corn. Once processed it makes it possible to be spun into a yarn and then woven into fabric. This synthetic is made from renewable raw materials in it’s entirety, and does not require the usage of oil. The fibre is praised for being low maintenance and moisture wicking.
S.Café: In Taiwan, a company named Singtex have developed a patented process where they recycle coffee grounds into yarn. The fabrics made are praised for being sustainable, durable and even resistant to odours and UV rays. The process removes the phenols, esters and oils and leaves the fabric having no odour. It’s been particularly successful in sportswear as it has deodorising properties.
What are your favourite fabrics that are more environmentally conscious?