Five of the best eco-friendly fabrics

Sustainability is becoming a key trend in producing goods and services. Once, things were made to last; next, we moved into the era of cheap, disposable mass production. The mass production model is not good for the planet, however, so consumers who are more aware are looking for alternatives.


Derived from a plant, this is an extremely eco-friendly material that is also very versatile. Even better, growing it improves the quality of the soil, and it is a crop with a high yield. The fabric from it is hypoallergenic and very durable.


This grass grows really fast and its fabric is soft and suited to all kinds of purposes, including baby clothes and towels. It can be grown organically and benefits the soil. It is also anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.


This is another good option, as there are far too many garments in landfill. Re-using fabric cuts down waste, reduces pollution and saves energy. Fabrics from recycled items are becoming more common and can be used in a variety of ways. The Guardian has reported on how the fashion industry is trying to become more sustainable.


The multipurpose soy can also make fabric, or rather the soybean hulls can be used to produce a soft fabric that can be used for underwear. This makes use of a material usually cast aside, which is good for the environment. There are some negative aspects to some types of soy farming, so make sure the soy fabric you choose is the organic variety.


Cotton of the conventional variety can be tainted with chemicals; however, the organic and fair-trade versions are soft, natural and strong fabrics that are suitable for all kinds of clothing and homewares. Cotton, of course, is a wonderful, breathable fabric for summer clothing.