Sustainable Fashion and Earth Day (Part 1)

As most of you may know, today is Earth Day (*yay!*). Many people celebrate this day in different ways, but with my interest in fashion, I took this day to discover sustainable fashion.

What is Sustainable Fashion?

People all over the world are trying to prepare our society for a drastic change in the ecosystem. This means finding alternative ways to keep using the products we rely on, but to do so in a sustainable way! In terms of fashion, this means creating clothes from materials that grow faster than cotton, are biodegradable, and have a man-made element. A fabric than seems to encompass all these aspects, is a fabric called Lyocell.

What is Lyocell?

If you’re like me, you may have seen a Lyocell setting on your iron near polyester, or even noticed it in H&M’s Conscious collection. But I always thought: “why would a polyester be considered an eco-friendly fabric?” That’s when I learned SO MANY THINGS! Lyocell is a fiber made predominately by the brand Tencel, and like lip balm and Chapstick, the two names can be used interchangeably. Tencel created a closed loop for creating Lyocell: it uses the degraded fabric to create the solvent that grows the trees which means no pesticides and it’s recyclable! Even more eco-friendly, the trees used do not require bleach because the fibers are naturally white.

With this new information, and serious interest in sustainable style, I’ll be heading to H&M this weekend to put in my final word on the accessibility of the fabric, the feel of it, and if it’s more expensive! As an added bonus, I’ll be recycling old clothes in store for 30% off my purchase! So check back next Wednesday for my final thoughts!

Happy Earth Day!,
Devon

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