Pros & Cons of Common Fabrics | Fibres & Fabrics Part 1

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Hope you're ready for a lot of information! In this video I go through everyday and environmental pros and cons of materials you likely own or will see in stores. Read those labels! ;)

Each fibre has different benefits and a different environmental impact. There definitely are more sustainable fabrics than others, but it's also good to choose fabrics that fit the intended purpose of the garment. For example, a summer top should be breathable, athletic wear durable, a rain coat water-resistant etc. and also choose materials that fit your lifestyle.

Sorry this video is so long, hopefully it's not boring. To make it easier these are the fabrics I talk about with timecodes to skip to the ones you're interested in:

0:35 Cotton
1:38 Linen
2:28 Hemp
3:21 Polyester
4:11 Wool
5:16 Acrylic
5:51 Silk
6:36 Nylon
7:20 Spandex/Elastane/Lycra
7:57 Rayon
8:43 Bamboo
9:37 Lyocell/Tencel


I'm sure there are things I missed, so please add any pros or cons in the comments.

More about synthetic fibres ending up in the ocean: http://grist.org/living/2011-12-07-how-microplastics-cause-macro-problems-for-the-ocean/
More about how synthetic, petrochemical textiles are made: http://ecosalon.com/synthetic-fabrics-made-from-fossil-fuels/

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Materials Sustainability Index http://msi.apparelcoalition.org/#/

Part 2 about vegan synthetic and animals materials and part 3 about up-cycled and recycled materials coming soon.


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