What is sustainable?
Sustainability is defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development as:
“development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
So a whole mouth full 😉
So the bottom line is that we do not exhaust the earth with the use of products, but ensure that later generations can also make full use of them.
For sustainable clothing, this means that the earth and the people who live on it are taken into account, and a clothing brand cannot only focus on making a profit.
What is sustainable clothing?
It is important that you choose a material that is suitable for the application of the garment. And that natural materials are used to process the fabric.
Harmful chemicals not only affect nature, but also the people who have to work with them. The clothing industry is known for the fact that clothing workers in low-wage countries have to work under very poor conditions.
Sustainable fabrics are:
- Linen (less emissions, water wastage, use of pesticides and manure)
- Bamboo (grows quickly, can grow without pesticides & requires little water)
- Hemp (fast growing, no pesticides needed and little water required)
- Tencel, also known as lyocell (grows quickly, requires few pesticides and little water wastage)
- Organic Cotton (no pesticides are used in production and is hand-picked)
How to recognize sustainable clothing?
Why is sustainable clothing more expensive?
Because there is a fair price for it, both for the earth and for people! Currently, either the earth (in pollution) or the employees pay the price of our cheap clothes. And in time our children and grandchildren and all subsequent generations.
These cheap prices are NOT normal. When you buy less, you can invest in reasonable prices ;)
It is good to know that this type of clothing is also of better quality and will therefore last longer and can be passed on for several generations.