Sustainable fibres wiki

Some of these suggestions that have come in from the Green Living Alternatives Facebook group –  (you need to be logged into FB to see this group).

Plus a few of my own, like from this article.

I know not everyone will agree with this list, if not please be tolerant of others’ opinions and by all means contribute by adding your comment to this article. Any corrections, additions and improvements welcome.

I am hoping to add to this page as more sustainable materials come along.

Bamboo: the planet’s fastest-growing tree.


Hemp: sustainable, low environmental impact, the drawback is that it’s still considered a bit whacky and hippie, and therefore it’s both expensive and difficult to find.

Linen: made from flax, found in many a stylist wardrobe.

Merino: a moisture-retaining wool, favoured by sportswear manufacturers for its warmth and practicality.

Nettle: tough and often made the traditional way by local communities.

Organic cotton: cotton ordinarily involves the use of massive amounts of chemicals. Organic cotton cuts out the chemicals, so it’s better for the environment and for the people growing/harvesting it, but still uses vast quantities of water and land.

Sugar cane: traditionally used to make jeans

Tencel (aka Lyocell): made from sustainably grown eucalyptus trees. Chemicals are used in the process to turn it into fibre, but it’s done in a closed-loop system so nothing escapes into the environment. Expensive, but absolutely gorgeous to wear next to the skin. And at the end of its life it is fully biodegradable.

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