At RAINE Clothing, we pride ourselves in doing the best that we can to develop our clothing with a range of eco-friendly fabrics that are sustainable and ethically sourced, causing less harm to the environment than some fabrics more commonly used within the fashion industry.If you read our recent blog post on what makes a clothing brand sustainable, you’ll know that the fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to pollution globally – and, naturally, fabric consumption and production plays a huge role in that. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you’re making ethical choices when it comes to the fabrics you’re choosing to add to your wardrobe, so we’re highlighting 5 of the best fabrics to reach for to make your clothing choices more sustainable.
If you’re an avid reader of the RAINE Clothing blog, you probably already know how much we love our organic cotton – almost our entire range contains some organic cotton, so it’s a fabric we truly believe in. But what makes it such a star? It’s one of the most natural fabrics currently on the market, and unlike most traditional cottons, is grown without pesticides, and is processed without chemicals. This means organic cotton not only leaves less of a harmful chemical footprint on the planet, but is thought to require about 60% less energy to produce, too.
Another fabric you’ll notice in a lot of the RAINE Clothing collection is recycled polyester, also referred to as rPET. This fabric utilises single-use plastics like plastic and bottles, so that instead of heading to a landfill, they’re able to be given a more ethically conscious use. Fabrics made from recycled polyester are incredibly versatile, and can be used in everything from activewear (like ours), to fleeces, to dresses and t-shirts.
Considered one of the most eco-friendly materials around, organic hemp is an incredibly sustainable fabric that’s gaining popularity within the ethical clothing space and beyond – and for good reason! Not only does organic hemp require far less water to grow than most alternatives (including organic cotton!), but it’s also considered a carbon negative material – meaning it actually absorbs CO2 from the air rather than adding to emissions. As if that wasn’t enough, organic hemp is also antimicrobial, making it perfect for use in eco-friendly activewear!
Coconut Carbon Recycled Polyester
New to the sustainable textile space is Coconut Carbon Recycled Polyester, which, as the name suggests, is made using coconut shells. These shells would normally be discarded by the food industry, but are instead utilised to create a vastly eco-friendly fabric, instead. Within this process, the coconut shells are heated to create an activated charcoal, which is then used to coat yarns of recycled polyester prior to these yarns being woven into fabric. The resulting material is odor-absorbing, moisture-wicking, and antimicrobial, making it a highly durable and practical fabric, particularly within sportswear.
Another relatively new player in the sustainable fashion market, Piñatex is a 100% vegan leather alternative that is actually made from pineapple leaf fibres! This means that Piñatex is not only a totally cruelty-free leather option for animal lovers, but that it’s also a by-product of the food industry, making it one of the most sustainable fabric options currently available.
Did you know that all of our RAINE Clothing garments contain at least one of the above fabrics? Head to our about us page to find out more!