This word tells us what is one of the reasons that makes fashion industry such damaging. Fashion takes second place in the competition for world’s largest pollution industry. The whole world wants to chase fashion and we often completely ignore its dark impact on the environment. For sure, there are ways to decrease this impact.
Nowadays many people are adopting sustainable practices and looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint. It became trendy to be environmentally sensitive. Hopefully the trend continues for as long as possible. Not only in fashion but in many fields of living, check for Green Housing, Renewable Energy and Plant based diet. Let’s get back to fashion. Sustainable Fashion. It surprises so much, that sometimes you feel like its impossible.
I remember a few years ago, when I heard about leather made from pineapple. I was so excited. Pineapple was my favorite fruit these times, and my friend said that some company in our country is making garments from pineapple waste. It turned out that these product were very expensive back then, and I could not afford it but, it was still good news that there is something like that out there.
Pinatex or Piñatex® is an innovative natural textile made from pineapple leaf ﬁbre. It has been created by Carmen Hijosa. The leaves are the byproduct of existing agriculture, and their use creates an additional income stream for farming communities. Piñatex® is a natural, sustainably-sourced, cruelty free material. And it looks amazing.
But pineapple is not the only fruit that absorbs fashion lovers attention. There are companies right now, that makes faux leather using Agave for example, more of that there is a way of making leather even from mushrooms, apples and oranges!
Minimalism is intentionally living with only the things I really need—those items that support my purpose. Cool philosophy, but is it possible to introduce it to woman’s wardrobe? Feels like it’s not, but it worked. There is a trend convincing women, that they only need 33 things to wear.
It is called Project 333, the minimalist expert and author of Soulful Simplicity, Courtney Carver takes a new approach to living simply–starting with your wardrobe. Project 333 promises that not only can you survive with just 33 items in your closet for 3 months, but you’ll thrive just like the thousands of people who have taken on the challenge and never looked back.
Courtney encourages you to make your wardrobe a capsule. If you are brave enough to try, try it. Even if you will stay with 50 things in your closet instead of 33, don’t worry about it. Courtney ensures that this challenge is very fun and instructive.
I doubt it, but if you said to yourself in your mind that the answer is plastic bottles, you are completely right! But not only them, although we will back to it later in the article. Let’s say Algae. Algae are primitive plants that lives in unclean waters. Now suprising fact is that some creative people have begun to harness this plant to make eco-friendly fashion materials. A small but increasing group of innovators believe harnessing living bacterias, like algae, is the key to zero-waste sustainable fabric. Algae grows to fit clothing moulds, whether it be a shirt or dress, almost like natural 3D printing.
It produces the precise amount of textile needed for a garment without any excess material to throw away. That means no deadstock, no waste and – as it’s totally biodegradable – all pieces break down into nontoxic substances when discarded. But algae are most of all a way to make, read me carefully: Fur-free fur.
Stella McCartney, is a fashion designer, her collaboration with chemical company called Dupont and a faux fur manufacturer called Ecopel gave us KOBA. KOBA is fur made in 37% from algae and 63% from recycled polyester.
Even Kanye West launches his collection of shoes made with algae bioplastics
Also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. This is the moment where I will mention plastic bottles again. A plastic bottle in a landfill will outlive us for generations to come unless they are repurposed, and unwanted fishing nets are polluting the oceans and harming marine life. Finding new ways to use them is the right thing to do.
There are a lot of companies, that uses plastic bottles from the bottom of the ocean to make garments. Even adidas in collaboration with company called Parley – made its collection of sneakers made from plastic bottles. Not only plastic bottles are waiting for upcycling though.
Upcycling unlike to other sustainable fashion branches, don’t have to wait untill some
innovation will be discovered. Its an universe of possibilities, dictated by our creativity.
For example, as Rebago we craft our bags and backpacks from used tarps that have spent their life on the roads. We use both truck tarpaulins with graphics as well as plain, one-color tarpaulins.
We also use bike tubes. Inner tubes are mostly black, one not can say it’s a boring material! Very durable and highly water resistant – thanks to it’s simplicity, they look very stylish – They are very leather-like.
Another material we use is Airbag. Airbag is a material which most of us have never seen. For luck! It is super light but very durable. It’s made from sintetic substance which makes it easy to clean. Airbag will be perfect for those who are not fans of heavy, industrial materials like tarp or tubes but who look for some resistant, recycled fabric which is as much interesting.
Unlike the airbag – we all know seat belt. Though, not all of us know that they are in so many colors! In fact, in theory seat belts come in any color you like. Since they must mind our lifes, the regulations of their production are very strict and even the smallest flat in the party disqualify them from being a part of a car. But they still can serve as a bag Seatbelts are very strong, that is why we use them in all of our bags as straps. It’s width gives comfort while wearing a bag. Their nice, shiny structure make the bags created from them very stylish and more formal than the ones made from tarps and inner tubes.
Last but not least – fire hoses. As fire hoses after years of it’s duty get retired they become a perfect material for upcycling metamorphosis. Though, we use both used fire hoses as well as production waste of new ones. Same as with seat belts and airbags: a new fire hose must be flawless because our lives depend on its reliability. The nice and very strong woven material is additionally covered with layer of thermoplastic in order to make it hermetic. It would be a big shame not to make a bag out of it.