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Sustainable Vegan Textiles You Should Know About

Sustainable living is something we want to explore more as it’s integral to living a minimalist, vegan lifestyle. That said, finding sustainable vegan-friendly clothing has been a huge pain point for us, and we’re sure it’s been challenging for you as well.


  1. Organic cotton

Organic cotton refers to naturally cultivated cotton without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides or transgenic technology. It was first planted in the 1980s as an attempt to secure sustainable, ecological, and biodynamic agriculture.

Organic Cotton is More Breathable since the natural fibers are longer, they allow for breathability while still maintaining the strength of the material. The texture and breathable quality of the organic cotton will make it ideal for bedding even in the summer months.


5 reasons organic cotton is a sustainable choice:

  • Combats climate change.
  • Saves and protects precious water.
  • Helps farmers feed their families.
  • Gives control to farmers not GM companies.
  • Eliminates hazardous synthetic pesticides.


  1. Lyocell and Modal

Lyocell is a semi-synthetic fabric that is commonly used as a substitute for cotton or silk. This fabric is a form of rayon, and it is composed primarily of cellulose derived from wood. It’s durable and comfy, but it’s also one of the most sustainable fabrics out there. It’s made using natural materials and doesn’t require toxic chemicals to produce.

Modal is made from regenerative plants and there are fewer chemicals used in the production process than with other types of rayon. The fabric resists pilling and has a smooth finish that makes it ideal for everyday wear and use.

Benefits to Using and Wearing Modal Fabric:

-Natural Stretch: Modal’s flexibility makes it ideal for items like t-shirts and athletic wear.

-Ultra Soft Fabric: Modal has an incredibly soft touch.

-Breathable Fabric: Modal is great for sportswear, base layers, t-shirts and underwear as the fabric’s weave is very breathable.

-Water absorbent: Modal is 50% more absorbent than cotton..

-Durable: Modal is very strong because of the tight weave and the long fibres.

-Drapes well: Similar to rayon and other silk alternatives, modal has a beautiful drape that makes it ideal for our products.

-Eco-friendly Fabric: Modal is made from regenerative plants and there are fewer chemicals used in the production process than with other types of rayon.

-Doesn’t pill: The fabric resists pilling and has a smooth finish that makes it ideal for everyday wear and use.

-Colour fast: The fabric absorbs dye in warm water and does not bleed dye during the laundering process.

-Doesn’t shrink: Unlike most forms of rayon, modal is much less likely to shrink in the wash.

-Biodegradable Fabric: Modal is completely biodegradable.

-Doesn’t crease: Modal resists wrinkles and will stay smooth with minimal ironing.


  1. Linen (Flax)

As a vegan, you are probably very familiar with flaxseeds. Linen is a textile that is made from the reed of the flax plant. It has been manufactured traditionally in Europe and Japan for several thousand years and is a very sustainable option. Linen is very strong, absorbent, and dries faster than cotton. Because of these properties, linen is comfortable to wear in hot weather and is valued for use in garments. It also has other distinctive characteristics, notably its tendency to wrinkle.

What makes flax linen so special?

  • It’s thermo regulating: Flax is a hollow fiber which allows it to breathe. This gives it the ability to thermo regulate, keeping you cool in the summer and cozy in the winter.
  • It’s soft and gets ever softer: Garment washed European quality linen naturally feels supple and soft. And since the pectin that binds the fibers gradually dissolves when in contact with water, the fabric becomes even softer with every wash—without losing its trademark strength.
  • It’s hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial: Linen is naturally hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial. This makes flax linen a great choice for sensitive skin.
  • It’s absorbent and dry: Linen can absorb up to 20% of its own weight in water without feeling damp. And because it absorbs and transports moisture rapidly, linen keeps your skin dry (and you comfortable) throughout the night.
  1. Hemp

Hemp is another wonderful plant-based fiber with significant environmental benefits. It can be grown on marginal land, so it does not take productive land away from food crops. Hemp is beautifully soft and is increasing in popularity. Hemp is reported to be up to eight times stronger than linen and has the longest shelf-life of any natural fabric. This is because hemp fiber bundles are longer than flax.

Check These Mind-Boggling Benefits Of Hemp Clothing.

  • Hemp Is A Carbon Warrior.
  • Uses Less Water Without Polluting the Water.
  • The Soil Loves Hemp!
  • Hemp Requires Less Land To Grow.
  • Hemp Is Antimicrobial & Durable.
  • Hemp Fabric Softens With Time.
  • Hemp Saves You From UV Rays.
  • Hemp Is The Strongest Natural Fiber.
  1. Pineapple Leather and Other Sustainable Vegan Leathers

Vegan leather is often made from polyurethane, a polymer that can be made to order for any designer’s whim. It can also be made from innovative and sustainable materials such as pineapple leaves, cork, apple peels, other fruit waste, and recycled plastic and used to create products that put animal skins to shame

Pineapple leather can do virtually anything regular leather can do. It’s sturdy and durable, and people have used it in a variety of ways despite the fact that it has only been around for a short time. Pineapple leather has been used by fashion design companies to produce wallets and purses

Not only does vegan leather make you look good, it also makes you feel good because it’s cruelty-free. More than a billion cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators, ostriches, kangaroos, and even dogs and cats are cruelly slaughtered for their skins every year. The tails and horns of many of these animals are cut off without painkillers, and some are even skinned and cut apart while still conscious. By contrast, vegan leather offers a killer look without any killing.

Planet Earth loves sustainable vegan leather, too. Turning skin into leather takes loads of energy and a toxic brew of chemicals—including mineral salts, coal-tar derivatives, formaldehyde, oils, dyes, and finishes, some of them cyanide-based. Tannery waste contains water-fouling salt, lime sludge, sulfides, acids, and other pollutants.


So what’s in your closet? Start shedding your skins today with these new and eco-friendly trends

Chef, Juliette Christodoulou

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