A four step guide to choosing the eco-friendly fabrics of your life!

My sister suggested a long time ago that I write something about fabrics. She asked: When it comes to shopping planet-friendly, which fabrics should I go for?

Here’s what I’ve come up with, based on internet research, articles I’ve read and some personal eco ideas that make sense to me :)


Step 1: Go for natural fibers

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15 thoughts on “A four step guide to choosing the eco-friendly fabrics of your life!

  1. Being vegetarian I look for natural – and poly-blends – absolutely love polyester, not proud of its impact on the environment but aside from that I just love the fabric itself. I’m an avid label reader (on everything!) and definitely steer clear of anything animal derived – not perfect but I try to be. I’m also a thrift queen, an adventure every time especially if you like to dig. Most of my stuff is used..but you wouldn’t know it!


    1. I think we are all far from perfect, but trying our best, when it comes to all these choices! I have lots of rayon, for some reason it seems it is very common in US-made fabric. I just hope it wasn’t rainforest rayon! I have some poly too, and must say I love hiking in my fleece.
      Used stuff is always a good choice :)

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  2. Thanks! Great post! 👍
    But I’ve read so many bad things about cotton farming. I’m sure some came from you / your blog as well! One good source of my knowledge!
    So when it comes to cotton should it be labels a special way? Like “eco” or “organic”..?
    I love linen! Such a lovely material! But I find it hard to find.
    Doesnt poly-(ester and others) also melt if in contact with fire..? Not that it’s that likely to be caught on fire, fortunately, but having my clothes melt on to my skin and stick to my body feels like a horrible experience…
    What about shoes..? I admit I love leather shoes (and I also like my TOMS) 😉😜


    1. You’re right, Linda! In addition to pesticides and fertilizers as I mentioned, there are GMO seeds, corruption and slave labor associated with cotton farming. I still like it as a material, and yes the label should say organic, if it doesn’t it is not. :)
      I did burn a pair of work-out pants on a radiator once! The fabric turned rock hard and hurt my leg a little! And smelled. But yes, unlikely to happen (again), right?
      For shoes, there are basically two options: synthetic (poly) or leather. If you’d be more concerned about cruelty-free, you’d pick synthetic, and if you’d be more into long-lasting, natural material you’d go leather. I have both! I guess looking for shoes made of recycled materials, that can also be recycled is the very best. It’s good that you still like YOUR toms, since you already bought them you should use them! :D


  3. This is such an informative post. I am guilty of wearing fleeces as they are great for my farming/gardening lifestyle but I will start to look for alternatives as my old clothes need replacing …. and I do not wash them until they are really grubby, certainly not every day. I adore charity shop clothes and head straight there when I am in England (France has very few but we do have car boot sales that are great for clothes) … and whilst my undies have always been cotton some are now also bamboo and soooo comfortable!

    Thank you so much for linking up to my #GoingGreenLinky and I hope to see you there in January :)


    1. Yay, I am glad you found it informative! I’ve seen a few companies promoting 100% cotton “fleece” sweaters now, haven’t had the chance to try and feel the fabric yet. We did just buy one for my husband, so I’ll know soon how it compares. Thanks for having me at the #GoingGreenLinky link up :)


  4. Such an informative post. I specialize in selling second hand clothes and while I always prefer natural materials I do end up finding beautiful preloved pieces made from poly. Since they’re already made I figure they’re better off being worn than in a landfill. Another suggestion for cleaning poly is to steam it, if you feel the garment needs a bit more than an air out!


  5. Hi, I’d love to see you revisit this topic. I’m new to your website, but not to sustainable, eco friendly clothing. I recommend you take a look at this book: Sustainable Fashion and Textiles by Kate Fletcher. I do not know her (this is not a paid endorsement), but have recently purchased the book (about a third of the way through) The book says a better alternative to cotton (even organic cotton) is hemp and flax linen. Also, Tencel (lyocell) and other “natural” fibers like bamboo require loads of chemicals to break the raw products down to make a pulp which is then made into a fiber. So while bamboo the plant may grow quickly, the chemicals used to make the plant useful for textiles is one reason some people/organizations are rethinking it as an “eco” fabric.

    So much to think about!!


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