THE INNOVATIONS IN SUSTAINABLE FABRICS
In the last few years, consumers are becoming more conscious of what they are using in terms of fabrics and where it comes from.
We have a wide range of fabrics that our customers select. Our fabric are sourced mainly from Europe and the UK. At Clothing manufacturers UK, we prefer sourcing our fabrics from the UK where possible to support our UK fabric suppliers who mill their fabric here in the UK. Which is great for brands who are concerned with sustainability and being ethical. However it tends to be only jersey fabrics that are milled in the UK, it's more rare for woven fabrics to be milled in the UK.
Most of our fabrics that we source from the UK is usually sustainable.
Some of the sustainable fabrics that we can source for you is (depending if its woven or jerseys fabric you are looking for):
Recycled yarns such as recycled polyester
In house we have a fabric library that our customers can come in and have a look at and feel the fabric samples and pair them to other samples we have.
Many of our clients have a focus on creating sustainable garments. Therefore we have moved our focus on sourcing more sustainable fabrics for them. There is a lot of focus on being ethical, eco friendly and being green. Being sustainable adds value to the finished garments.
One of the best ways to make sustainable garments is using sustainable materials. Synthetic fabrics isn't sustainable such as polyester. However using recycled polyester is a better option. It's important to be sustainable as there is so much textiles filling up our landfills and polluting our earth.
If you would like to find out more regarding how to create your own sustainable brand or how to make your brand more sustainable. Please have a look at our BLOG page, where we discuss further on how to do this.
Another way of being more sustainable is manufacturing in the UK which reduces your carbon footprint, if you would like to find out more about UK manufacturing to become more sustainable have a look at our article on our blog: https://www.clothingmanufacturersuk.com/post/is-manufacturing-in-the-uk-better-for-the-environment
ANOTHER ARGUMENT ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY:
We have established, that we need to be more sustainable in the fashion industry. There is no argument about that, we have the facts. What we need to figure out is how do we do this and make it last for a long time.
Some cynics still don’t believe how much damage, we as the human race, have caused to the world over the years. Which is why some people have the perspective that they are being ‘greenwashed’ and all these scientific arguments that have been put forward are misleading. The word sustainability covers a lot of different topics and needs to be applied to a number of different industries in the world, including the fashion industry. If anything, the word is thrown around that often, and because some people don’t see what efforts are being put in for us to become more sustainable, the word means nothing. If a brand writes the words ‘sustainable’, ‘green’, ‘eco-friendly’ online or on a clothing tag, it doesn’t mean that the brand or what they are selling is necessarily sustainable. Making a small effort here and there or claiming your brand might be ‘carbon neutral’ but not having anything else, is valid but it isn’t enough to call yourself sustainable. These exaggerations are where the idea of ‘greenwashing’ has come from for some people.
However, there are plenty of brands making valid efforts to be more sustainable. Like I previously said, we are aware of the problems in fashion and how unsustainable it actually is, which is why we need to find a solution now. Seven years ago, over 15 million tonnes of waste from textiles was ending up in landfills, so you can imagine how much that has increased. Now we know that a lot of this was due to fast fashion, since we now know the causes it allows us to put changes in place that could actually have a positive impact. We are more aware than we ever were about issues surrounding sustainability, we know exactly what is happening to the environment and what is happening to all the people in the supply chain. We also have Gen Z now, who care more about political issues now compared to a lot of previous generations.
However, a lot of consumers and even some little brands have the perception that because they are just one person, they can’t have a big impact. Sometimes it just takes one person to start making little changes in their everyday lives, which might progress into bigger changes, this can turn into a butterfly effect where you might impact someone else, who then goes away and impacts someone else, and the cycle continues, which is known as the butterfly effect. Looking back on history has proven how effective this can be.
Another perception is that sustainable clothes cost a ridiculous amount of money, sometimes this is true and not everyone can afford these expensive sustainable clothes. However, there are two simple rules for everyone, educate yourself and buy less. It really can be that simple.