To Ace, 2 S – Sustainability, Slow Fashion

Things Fall Apart

Often in our lives we find to our utter astonishment, that things are falling apart. We become standstill for a few moments, then we try to restore parity, with all we have. At times, the time elapsed before we could react, becomes crucial. Sometimes, it turns out to be too costly. Then, things go beyond our control, they become beyond repair. We are left to lament only. It’s almost the same for every other sphere in life. The same applies to relationships, rugby matches, cricket encounters or for instance environmental issues. If you don’t respond timely, you might have to regret for a lifetime. And regret is the worst of all emotions so far as human psyche is concerned. It eats you up from deep inside. The way our environment crisis is rising in leaps and bounds in recent times, has certainly created serious headaches for scientists, environment experts, policy makers, activists, researchers, scholars and anyone who is aware and sensitive about the nature. This has been a growing concern for the last few decades; but now it seems to be dangerous than ever.

Time For Payback

Most of the times, we forget our deeds. But the universal law or the divine scheme of things always remember. Sooner or later, we get paid in the same coin. Nature has this uncanny habit of remembering things distinctly and paying back, that too with dividends. We have tried not only to control nature but also to overpower it by hook or crook. We ensured, trees continue to fall on a war footing, in the name of urbanization. Driven by sheer lust and greed, we decided to dominate nature in every possible manner and eventually destroyed a large part of it. This resulted in the extinction of many species and several others are leaning dangerously on the verge of getting wiped away forever from this erstwhile beautiful planet. Now we are facing the heat which was due to happen. We ourselves create our destiny – we are solely responsible for the consequences we meet. For, the conscious choices we make, lead to the end products in the form of the consequences.

It’s Not Over, Till It’s Over

Still, we can keep the apocalypse at bay, only and only through our serious, conscious and regular efforts. But unless and until we become extra cautious and start acting responsibly, it remains a distant possibility. Taking a note of the alarming changes regarding our ecosystem, we should and must change our approach towards life in order to prevent the fall.

The Two Tools To Get The Edge Sustainability and slow fashion – these two intertwined tools are our most suitable, optimized weapon against this environmental catastrophe as they give you the much-needed edge over it. Ecoloom, the trusted slow fashion brand from down under, is encouraging people to go green with its wide range of premium eco jute bags. Interestingly, they also take care of the style quotient with its beautifully designed transparent sustainable jute bags. Let’s strengthen their hands in making earth green again.

New Normal – People Tilting Towards Slow Fashion

It Doesn’t Remain The Same Anymore

Two years back, we were busy with our lives, making plans, suddenly the covid-19 pandemic caught us by surprise. It was a shell shock for all of us. There was a hue and cry all over the world. We were at our wit’s end. Then, as it happens, with the passage of time, we started to device new plans in the changed scenario, in order to ensure our survival. We masked the virus up to check its rapid spread and keep the pandemic at bay. Sanitizers became a must. The pandemic taught us many things the hard way. Life didn’t remain the same any longer. The sharp rise of various sorts of pollution, especially the fast deterioration of the quality of oxygen, added to the woes created by the deadly virus. The worrying signs from several environmental reports have certainly raised the eyebrows of the scientists around the globe. In a nutshell, there’s much more at stake now than ever before. So, we need to be more cautious before making further moves. We have to take note of the fact that there’s no room for error. The reading on the walls is quite clear – in strong and bold letters.

Change In The Air

It’s said that change is the only unchangeable thing in this changeable world. Often changes are slow. At times, they are so slow and subtle that you would not be able to spot it. But, then, one fine morning, life will spring a surprise when you will experience a massive change. It happens with relationships too; as the human mind is the most complicated thing in this world. Same applies to revolutions, the corporate world, and of course nature. Likewise, we witnessed a major paradigm shift over the last few years, specifically after the horrific covid pandemic arrived in the scene, regarding the fashion industry. With the environmental crisis at its worst, people are embracing the slow fashion. It’s a welcome move indeed and should be praised wholeheartedly. Gradually, people are coming to know about the various adverse sides of fast fashion and the several fabricated myths around it are falling apart. It’s needless to say that this is prompting the customers to choose wisely. That’s why they are becoming more and more interested in the sustainable jute bags and the eco-friendly jute products of the slow fashion world.

It’s The Way Forward

Going by the recent trends, this seems to be a change which is going to be there in the years to come. And taking the health hazards and the ill-effects of the fast fashion into the account, it appears the best possible way out from this menace called textile pollution. The trusted slow fashion brand from Australia, Ecoloom, welcomes you to the other side of life, the beautiful galaxy of long-lasting, environment-friendly products. Remember, choosing wisely and acting responsibly is the need of the hour.

Environmentalists who are saving the planet & showing the way forward

He who cups the flame can enlighten a few — Anonymous

Not all are born free not all are born to lead, yet he who breaks the shackles can free mankind of the vice. Very few people know how to love back.

The nature since Day-I has been kind to mankind with occasional bouts of wrath like the 40-day flood, the pandemics, the cholera and now the novel coronavirus. But amid all have risen some extraordinary men and women who have given back nature what it deserves. They have nurtured nature like it has always done to us.

Here are some famous environmentalists who have cupped the flame to enlighten humans on how a little bit of tweaking in lifestyle can change the nature of nature. We apologize in advance if we miss out some of the prominent names in environment conservation but thus goes the list:

Aila Keto

  • Age: 75
  • Birthplace: Tully, Australia
  • Who: Aila is the founder and president of Rainforest Conservation Society in Queensland, Australia, now known as the Australia Rainforest Conservation Society.
  • Why: She has made major contribution to conservation science, policy and practical programmes over decades and is widely acknowledged for her leadership, influence, knowledge and experience. Because of her work more than 15,000km² of Queensland’s rainforest is protected today. A further 15,000km2 of other forests have been scheduled. Three areas have been successfully nominated for World Heritage status: Wet Tropics, Fraser Island and the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
  • Awards: In 2005, Keto was a recipient of the Queensland Greats Awards. Keto bagged the Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994 and was also nominated in 2000 the Queenslander of the Year. She was awarded Centenary Medal for service as an expert on wet tropics and as a leading conservationist and academic in 2001.

Peter Cundall

  • Age: 91
  • Birthplace: Manchester, England
  • Who: Peter is an English-born Australian horticulturalist, conservationist, author, broadcaster and television personality. He lives in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley and till the age of 81 he continued to be a presenter of ABC TV program Gardening Australia.
  • Why: Cundall became a household name for Australian gardeners. The television show and magazine, Gardening Australia, Cundall represented had both young and old gardeners and admirers. At Gardening Australia Live shows, Cundall’s presentations attract millions of viewers. In a 2008 issue of Reader’s Digest, he stood 8th in a poll of the 100 most-trusted Australians.
  • Awards: He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the environment, particularly the protection of wilderness areas in Tasmania, and to horticulture and also as presenter of gardening programs on TV and radio.

Bob Brown

  • Age: 74
  • Birthplace: Oberon, Australia
  • Who: Brown is a doctor and environmentalist and a former senator and former Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens.
  • Why: Brown was the principal protester of The Franklin Dam or Gordon-below-Franklin Dam project, which was proposed on the Gordon River in Tasmania, Australia. The dam was never constructed. The movement became one of the most-significant environment campaigns in Australian history.
  • Awards: Brown was elected to the Australian Senate on the Tasmanian Greens ticket, joining with sitting Greens Western Australia senator Dee Margetts to form the first group of Australian Greens senators following the 1996 federal election. He was re-elected in 2001 and in 2007.

Peter Garrett

  • Age: 65
  • Birthplace: Wahroonga, Australia
  • Who: Garrett is an Australian musician, environmentalist, activist and former politician. Garrett was the lead singer of Australian rock band Midnight Oil.
  • Why: As minister for the environment, Garrett was key in the campaign against “scientific whaling” in the Antarctic, which culminated in Australia’s successful challenge to Japanese whaling in the International Court of Justice in 2014.
  • Awards: Garrett served as the president of the Australian Conservation Foundation for 10 years and in 2003 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the environment and music industry. He was also the Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives from October 2004 to August 2013.

John Wamsley

  • Age: 81
  • Birthplace: Ourimbah, New South Wales
  • Who: Wamsley is an Australian environmentalist who was the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year for 2003. He is known to set up a network of wildlife sanctuaries across Australia.
  • Why: Wamsley is regarded as the father of the feral proof fence. His fence has been proven to be an effective way to protect native animals from introduced predators such as cats and foxes.
  • Awards: At age 16, Wamsley became a trainee metallurgist with BHP. Dissatisfied with the job he became a labourer in BHP’s open-hearth furnaces and worked a second job renovating run down houses. By age 23, Wamsley was a millionaire.

Ian Kiernan

  • Age: 78
  • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
  • Who: Ian Bruce Carrick Kiernan was an Australian yachtsman, builder, environment campaigner and conservationist, known for co-founding the not-for-profit Clean Up Australia campaign in 1989. And in 1993 a similar Clean Up the World operation, serving as the event’s chairman. The annual cause attracted participation from 30 million volunteers in 80 countries.
  • Why: During a BOC Challenge, Kiernan was aghast by the amount of rubbish he saw choking the oceans. With the support of friends, he organised a community event Clean Up Sydney Harbour in 1989. Around 40,000 volunteers turned out to help and collected over 5,000 tonnes of garbage. Since then he never looked back as far safeguarding the environment is concerned.

Awards: The Australian Government awarded him the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1991. He was awarded Australian of the Year in 1994. In 1995, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. In 1998, he received the UNEP Sasakawa Prize. He also received the World Citizenship Award from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in 1999. In 2001, he got the Centenary Medal for “service to the Clean Up Australia Campaign and the Clean up the World Campaign”. In 2006, Kiernan was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Trust of Australia.

Emerging Sustainable Fashion Brands of Australia

Anna Lappe once said that “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the world you want to live in”.  There’s no doubt that it’s hard to ‘cast a vote’ when you aren’t at harmony with the choices presented to you.  Over the past few years, we have seen a change in the Australian fashion climate, a nod to understanding the reality of fast fashion. The realization that the accumulation of this trend is at odds with what makes us human, our empathy. So, let us look at the sustainable brands that help us cast a vote for what truly represents our values.

EcoLoom is such a brand, offering a tranquil space to bestow our longing for purposeful purchasing patterns, one that pays homage to the natural world and the hand-stitched reverence of positive human reciprocity. EcoLoom invites us to grow social capital linked to sustainability and resilience in communities whilst modelling beautiful timeless fabrics like handwoven cotton  and silk. This slow fashion movement floats the idea that the act of buying can no longer be concerned with simply taking. It must be an exchange opportunity(a marked departure away from market demands)to forge bonds that influence the wellbeing of our planet and the persevering populace.

Below are five brands that EcoLoom feels is systematically changing the way Australia sees fashion. Showing us a glimpse of what it means to design with thought.

Think of a favorite staple piece that can be worn on a Sunday afternoon at a farmer market. That’s where our imagination takes us when we look at Theo the Label. Theo the Label produces stable pieces that have the quality and longevity to remain with you every Sunday for years. These pieces are the result of a founder’s vision. A vision which credits a craftsman to the garments they sew. Ultimately, reconnecting us with the individuals who make our clothing.

This brand begins on the sand, sun and sea of Byron Bay. A journey started by two sisters that were stimulated by the idea of nostalgic and famine garments. Spell binds us with a sense of love for the delicate pieces which hang in their store. With a deeper sense of respect arising when you learn about how they source their materials and maintain ecological responsibility.

Seaside tones is a label that embraces the elements of the sea, right down to their garments cut and color palette. The family owned business is there for the environmentally intelligent, who value fashion based on conscious and thoughtful choices. Seaside tones prioritize natural fibers that are sewn to beautifully drape when worn.

The Social Outfit is a label which places people at the core of its philosophy. Priding itself on diversity and a sense of justice – the label employs new migrants and refugees, empowering those through every stitch. The Social Outfit has a diverse range of pieces that are cut to reduce fabric wastage. 

Boody’s garments are inherently beautiful and practical, evoking a sense of pleasure through the quality of their fabric. The feel is an integral part of their conscious state with pieces being sewn from bamboo fabric. Boody is in tune with the need to bush walk, dance or simply rest your eyes. Ultimately, being made to easily fit into the sphere of your everyday life.

The stakes have never been higher to attune our fate with our fashion.

GOLDEN FIBER: JUTE IS A BOON

Jute is nature’s affordable gift to mankind, but we are yet to make the most out of it.

Jute is the name of the plant or fiber used in making gunny products or hessian. It is one of the affordable natural fibers after cotton when it comes to production and utility.

History of Jute

The first trader of jute was the British East India Company and in 1793 the company exported 100 tons of jute.

Benefits of Jute

Needs less water: Jute can be repeatedly harvested and grown with very less water because it’s a natural plant fiber. This is great for our planet in terms of water conservation.

Needs less fertilizer: Jute can be grown with very little need of fertilizer, pesticide and herbicide. So no chemicals go into the soil.

Quick growth: Jute-growing season is 100 days, so there is steady supply of the fiber.

Air purifier: A hectare of jute plants can absorb 15 tons of carbon dioxide and release 11 tons of oxygen during the growing season.

Little expense: There is very little cost involved in growing jute since the plant does not demand much fertilizer. A small area can produce a lot of crop.

Biodegradable: Once its purpose is fulfilled it can be composted and if it reaches a landfill it will breakdown naturally with no harm to the planet.

Comfort: When woven into clothing or a reusable bag material, jute can be very soothing.

No plastic pollution: Shopping bags made from jute reduce the need of single-use plastic bags. A jute bag does away with the need of disposable bags and pollution resulting out of it.

Jute and Ecoloom

We at Ecoloom realized it long back that we can’t afford to take nature for granted. It’s precious and needs preservation. And it is only in our hands to we weave a secured future for the generations to follow.

Our products have been curated keeping return gifts in mind to the nature.

When you buy our products and when you are finally done with using them, you can either recycle them or simply allow it to die a natural death leaving no ills on the planet.

Every product on our website is recyclable and can be reused. Every bit of each product is closer to nature and you will feel it when you use them.

Our products give a sense of no-guilt because you are not harming the environment.

So, go ahead and give our products a shot!!! We at EcoLoom are also open to debates.

Tell us at support@ecoloom.com.au why you would choose plastic over jute after reading this blog?

Why choose less for more?

A clear space is equivalent to a clear mind. When your wardrobe is bursting with clothes which you haven’t been in forever and you don’t see yourself wearing either be it for any reason like you not fitting in them or clothes no longer being in fashion- it’s time to let them go, declutter and clear out.

Decluttering is an important process hence to go through. If you make a conscious effort towards removing the items that no longer serve your purpose as well as cut down on buying items that are usually considered as poor purchases and our overconsumption habits, it will provide you with space for more!

When you’re on the path to decluttering your wardrobe, make it a point to give yourself the headspace to examine and reexamine the attachments you have with your clothes. Decluttering sustainably is also an important factor. Opt for a clothing swap, give your clothes to relatives and friends, donating them to the needy or selling them ‘second hand’ are efficient measures to ensure slow living. If your wardrobe is filled with fast fashion items, you should be giving serious thought to ways of reusing them until they fall apart. 

If you witness yourself not wearing them for a year, its time you give them off. 

If you’re interested in creating a sustainable wardrobe, there’s a high chance that you might stumble upon minimalism. Minimalism is a movement that aims to simplify the lives of people by eradicating their attachment to ‘stuff’ and replacing them with timeless alternatives. A sustainable wardrobe need not be a minimalist one if it doesn’t suit your style of fashion. Instead, a sustainable wardrobe is one that contains fine quality clothing in sustainable fabrics that could be worn regularly and once done using, it could be disposed off in a sustainable manner.

Decluttering is undoubtedly one of the most critical steps to creating a wardrobe that’s not just sustainable but minimalistic too. But one thing to keep in mind is to do this in a way that doesn’t harm the environment thereby avoiding waste. If you’re eyeing out for a way to approach your wardrobe sustainably, it’s suggested that you

  1. Religiously untangle yourself from ongoing consumer culture
  2. Declutter consciously and mindfully 
  3. Learn how to shop sustainably 
  4. Learn how to assess a fashion label’s ethics and sustainability

If you are on the lookout for a slow fashion brand that will help you declutter your wardrobe and give your style statement a boost, EcoLoom is your one-stop sustainable fashion solution.

Infusing Spirituality into Fashion!

We are spiritual beings living a human experience. So, isn’t everything we do spiritual? …. We leave the question to meditate on it. It might be a new concept for some. Every new idea is. Everything we feel and think will increase or decrease the presence of spirituality in our lives. So, do the clothes we wear, they have an impact on us and everything around us. Everything in the universe is composed of the same essential subtle elements, and the energy vibration emitted by each living can influence changes.  

This article talks about Sustainable Eco-Fashion and its path to spirituality. The idea of sustainable fashion X spirituality is part of a broader path towards a more conscious way of life. The concept may seem new, but the approach goes back to the dawn of humankind. Spirituality exists in all beings, in various degrees of concentration and combination, moving on a physical, emotional, and mental level.  

The energy vibration of clothes depends on factors such as the type of fabric, the shape, the colour, design, amount of stitches, among others. The purer these factors, the more virtue the final product will be.   

Natural fibers such as silk and cotton can attract, drink, and retain the divine frequencies of the atmosphere. Clothes made of artificial fiber fabrics such as nylon, terylene, rayon, and polyester do not possess the same capabilities.   

The white, yellow, and blue colours are peaceful colours and those that most attract spiritual and positive vibrations. Patterns such as flowers, leaves, dots, and vines possess similar attributes. Clothes dyed with natural dyes and positive colours, without preconceived designs, in general, attract good vibrations.

At EcoLook, we seek to introduce several purification and cleaning rituals throughout the manufacturing process of our clothes. We have discovered that what works best for us is: choose natural fibers in addition to a socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing process; In the last stage, we store and manage our clothes in an ethical environment before delivering them to you.

Whatever clothes you choose to wear, you can always introduce into your life the purification and cleansing rituals that, like many others, we have forgotten about our daily routine. You can spiritually purify your entire wardrobe. Just keep in mind the characteristics of each garment you decide to buy and work with them, not against them! That will make it much easier to keep your vibration elevated.

Legitimate Leather: Rewriting The Narrative of Slow Fashion and Sustainability

Fashion and sustainability are two words that do not go well together. You may ask why?

Let’s break it down.

1. From global shrinking of freshwater reservoirs to depletion of fossil fuels, all are byproducts of garment production and transportation.
2. Heavy usage of pesticides and man-made synthetic fibres has a huge adverse impact on the environment.
3. As per UNFCC, the global fashion industry produces around 10% of green house gas emissions.
4. 20% of global waste water is all due to the fashion industry.
5. Going at this rate, the ‘State of Fashion Report-2018’ by McKinsey & Company predicts that the Fashion Industry is set to use a quarter of world’s carbon budget by 2050.


Alarming, isn’t it? We do not want the Fashion Industry to wage war against the very planet we call our home. Today, the fashion Industry should be held accountable to answer questions of sustainability. Majority of the high street brands which push mass production and quick revenue model ahead of the environment should pause and take a look at the bigger picture- the adverse impact of fast fashion on the social and ecological environment. But since we can’t wash our hands off fashion, we need to regulate and revolutionize the fashion industry. Say hello to SLOW FASHION.

Slow Fashion = No mass production

The Slow Fashion movement is a revolutionary concept that stands for the value of artisans and designers who are constantly working towards inventing value-oriented durable fashion that tends to have a positive impact on the environment with respect to procuring raw materials and product manufacture.

One of the key materials that are heading the Slow Fashion movement is leather. To battle the negative narrative surrounding the ethical sourcing and production of this material, many leading brands have come together with strong policies that workin favor of ethical leather sourcing, stronger environmental standards and a transparent production line.

Why Leather should be your sustainable choice?

Faux leather or the so-called vegan leather is made of PVC or polyester, or simply called plastic. These are made of non-biodegradable materials powered by fossil fuels. If you think killing animals is cruel, then how can you support killing of the planet.

With the launch of new approved assessment guidelines by EU’s Environmental Footprint Steering Committee that deems leather as byproduct from animals killed for food consumption, the material now falls under a positive light when compared to plastic in terms of overall environmental impact.

Add to it, the usage of ethically sourced leather from naturally dead animals makes the material pro-sustainable fashion.

What makes “EcoLoom” different.

1. With work underway to create a transparent supply chain, our products symbolize the beauty of this durable classic and promote sustainable fashion.

2. The tanneries we work with have adopted tighter safety protocols that limit the use of chemicals. Newer technologies ensure the leather is more durable with minimum susceptibility to decomposition over longer period of usage. The coloring process is also eco-friendly with adoption of more natural dyes limiting the chemical usage.

3. We use the process of vegetable tanning with naturally occurring plant materials like leaves and bark of the trees. Though vegetable tanning is a lengthy process of several weeks, it ensures the products made from it like luggage bags, wallets and the line of belts we make are strong and highly durable. The beauty of the products made through this process makes it look better with each passing year.

EcoLoom is all about making fashion accessories more sustainable. Our range of bags and belts is here to encourage people to buy timeless, hand-crafted, slowly produced accessories that can pass through generations. We have taken a strong stand against the current state of fast fashion consumerism with an aim to eliminate cheaply-made products by fast-fashion brands.

Each piece of accessory that we make is not 100% similar to the other. Our craftsmen ensure every line, color and scar on the leather is celebrated and used accordingly to create a unique masterpiece. This gives each finished product its own individuality. Moreover, the leather continues to age over time even after purchase, according to handling, light exposure and frequency of usage. This helps the look of the product to evolve over time, thus eliminating your need to quickly replace it.

At EcoLoom, we are determined to introduce our current generation to the beauty and longevity of slow-made fashion. With our belief in sustainable fashion, we create products that do not need to be replaced regularly. Because of our 20 years of experience in this fashion, accessories and lifestyle industry, creating something natural, long-lasting and unique has been, is and will forever be our primary goal. 

Sustainable Trends that’ll become fashion staple in 2021

2020 was unforgiving but it did teach us a very important message- Live Sustainably.

Sustainable fashion is in vogue these days. With millennials becoming more conscious about the clothes they wear, sustainable fashion is here to set the trend in 2021. Fashion and shopping is no doubt inevitable but luckily, consumers have started weighing their decisions against how much environmental impact it might have. You too can contribute positively towards sustainability through responsible consumption and the good news is that it will definitely elevate your personal style. Wanna know how? Just follow these 3 trends:

1.Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

You might have come across the term ‘Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe’ that’s doing the rounds in almost all social media platforms? Well, you just need to adopt these 3 simple steps.

  • Reduce: Cut down on the material waste hidden in your closet. If you haven’t worn it for a year, chances are you never will. The best thing to do is to donate it rather than throwing it away. There are chances that your used clothing may find it way to the local thrift store rather than the already overflowing landfills causing textile pollution.
  • Reuse: No fashion is old. Ever heard of the term Vintage Fashion? So play around with what you have. Mix and match to get that out-of-the-box look. After all, every odd is a style.
  • Recycle: Give that old black midi dress a sexy trim and voila! You now have a picture-perfect LBD and an amazingly recycled dress. You can even look for brands that believe in creating fashion through recycled products. For instance, at EcoLook, we have launched a collection of scarves made from raw cotton yarn discarded by garment industries. 

2. Avoid Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is the opposite of sustainable fashion. In order to stay in popular style, some brands launch new designs in quick succession and this practice is rarely ethical. Finding natural raw materials for fabric is difficult at such a fast pace and hence, the products tend to be chemically made from plastic or man-made non-biodegradable substances that add to textile waste.

3. Read The Tag

Do you know how the dresses you are trying on are made? Is it Handmade or factory made? Is the fabric synthetic or natural? Finding answers to these questions can easily help you make a choice whether to buy the dress or not. For instance, a dress made of linen not only looks fashionable but is also durable and biodegradable. Trick is to check for clothes made from sustainable and natural fibres like organic hemp, organic linen, ethically sourced leather, etc.

So there you have it.

These 3 trends are here to not just normalise ethical decision-making but to make our planet a healthier place to live. Since brands produce clothes as per popular demand, don’t you think we should decide what’s best for us and our planet?

PLASTIC – FROM GARBAGE TO GARMENT

By 2050, the textile industry will end up adding 22 million tons of microfiber into the water bodies increasing their carbon footprint from 2 to 26%, a recent report suggests. The upcoming debacle has thus made many fashion designers opt for the Green Code in their work.

Here’s everything that you need to know about recycled plastic – the fabricated material, and if it, at all, promises sustainability.

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)

The recycled plastic used in fashion is predominantly made from a material known as PET. It comes in the form of Thermoplastic Polyester Resin, which stays liquid when hot and solidifies as the temperature decreases. The chemical structure of PET makes it sturdy, lightweight and flexible making it a favorite across the fashion industry. It is widely used in making textiles, bottles and other packaging materials.   

Mechanical Recycling

This is a process commonly used for recycling PET materials. First, the plastic is cleaned and grounded into tiny prills (approx 3mm wide). Then the prills are heated to turn into a viscous liquid, which forms the core of the recycled PET.

Recycled PET can be turned into almost anything; for making clothes it’s turned into ‘recycled polyester yarns’. Unlike virgin PET, recycled PET polyester is environmentally beneficial.

According to a recent plastic life-cycle assessment, recycled PET leads to 40 to 85% of non-renewable energy savings. It reduces global warming by 25%, which can be increased to as much as 75%, studies claim. The production process also emits lesser carbon.

Many designers across the world have come forward in this Green Clothes Initiative by creating weather resilient, long-lasting and comfortable clothes from recycled PET plastic. The benefits of such clothes are plenty. They:

  • 1) reduce foreign oil dependency
  • 2) diminish toxin quantity released in the air due to waste burning
  • 3) cut down dumping of waste bottles into the landfills significantly

So, plastic clothes serve the dual role of catering to people’s fashion needs and eliminating environmental wastes at the same time – a win-win situation!

Plastic spun threads can be easily blended with other fibers to produce varied fabrics such as polyester, faux fur, vinyl, faux leather, acrylic rayon, nylon etc.

 The eco-conscious fashion has found its place in the clothing lines for all irrespective of gender, age and taste. One can notice a growing trend of using recycled PET in beach wears and swimsuits as well. The style, fit and texture of green clothes are as good as the regular ones. The only difference you are making by buying them is the one you are making to your planet.

In January 2020, Tennis Australia and a garment company named NC John & Sons came together to mould 1,88,708 PET bottles into apparels.  The company tailored around 25,000 garments for the Australian Open Tennis Tournament and all of them were made of 100% recycled polyester.

EcoLoom with its mission statement of ‘Sustainable Fashion  for All’ supports such initiative from the deepest core of the heart and looks forward to being a part of similar endeavors in the future. 

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