Buy better, buy more sustainably. Choosing eco-friendly clothing materials ensures more mindful purchases and reduces harm to the environment. But what are the most sustainable fabrics? All new materials require resources to produce,...
Buy better, buy more sustainably. Choosing eco-friendly clothing materials ensures more mindful purchases and reduces harm to the environment. But what are the most sustainable fabrics?
All new materials require resources to produce, and there isn't one entirely sustainable fabric.
However, eco-friendly fabrics can contribute to the reduction of waste, water conservation, lowered carbon emissions, and soil regeneration.
The most sustainable fabrics also have a longer lifespan and biodegrade faster.
At My Little Cozmo we strive for a better cozmo. That's why we are constantly sourcing the most eco-friendly materials.
The following are some of our favorites.
1) Organic cotton
Unlike its conventional form, organic cotton is grown without toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified seeds. This usually implies a sustainably managed fabric production process.
Whenever possible, we opt for organic-certified fabrics, such as GOTS or OEKOTEX.
The Better Cotton Initiative (or BCI) is a not-for-profit organization that helps cotton growers employ more socially and economically sustainable farming methods. It is the largest cotton sustainability program in the world.
At My Little Cozmo, we are part of the BCI, and through our partnership, we are able to source more sustainable cotton.
In a nutshell, by buying BCI cotton clothes, you're supporting more sustainable farming.
Linen is one of the most sustainable fabrics because requires minimal water and little-to-no pesticides and even grows in poor-quality soil. Also, every part of the plant (flax) is used, and -when untreated- it is fully biodegradable.
The process of manufacturing linen does indeed involves some emissions, but the overall process produces far fewer emissions than most other fabrics, which makes it an eco-friendly material for clothing.
At first sight, it would be impossible to tell. But if you take a look at our labels, you might be surprised to discover that we design many clothes made from recycled materials. Among others, GRS-certified recycled polyester.
The Global Recycled Standard(GRS) is the strictest standard for recycled materials on the market. It monitors integrity throughout the entire supply chain and production process and verifies safe and equitable working conditions, along with environmental and chemical practices used in production.
One of the latest sustainable textiles worth to be considered is TENCEL®. It has a botanic origin -it is made from wood pulp from sustainably managed forests- a low environmental impact on production, and biodegradability on eventual disposal.
The production of TENCEL® also has low usage of process resources -energy, water, and chemicals. The result is an eco-friendly clothing material that is gentle on the skin, breathable, and strong.
These sustainable fabrics are also from a better quality, so they can stand the test of time and endure countless washing and regular wear. This means you are able to enjoy your clothes longer and buy less.
Once it's time, you can keep them for your younger children -at My Little Cozmo we are all in for hand-me-down kids' clothing!- pass them to other family members and friends, or donate them to charities.
So from now on, let's try to make more conscious choices and buy better. Better materials. Better quality. Better for the planet, the people, and the children.