Posts in Fabrics
What is Rayon and How Does it Break Down?

One of the challenges in buying fashion a little more mindfully lies in the journey to find clothing made with fairly paid, happy employees, and within the boundaries of safe and sustainable practices. After this, the hurdle is identifying the fabrics these clothes were made of, and considering the impacts both the creation of that fabric had on the environment and its decomposition process. 

One of our fabulous followers struggled with this, and asked us the following question: “are you familiar with Rayon and how it breaks down at the end of the clothing’s life span?” So we’ve done some digging, and we are here to answer as the first in our many ‘you ask, we answer’ series. 

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Is vegan leather actually better for the environment?

Since October 2018, searches for “vegan leather” have skyrocketed ​by 119%​. Turns out it’s not only vegan food the world is hungry for, but vegan fashion too. High street brands, like Topshop, are embracing vegan leathers’ debut, and even Dr Martens have launched an animal friendly version of their globally adored classic boot. Vegan leather seems like the obvious ethical and environmentally friendly approach to a US$40 billion leather industry that mistreats animals, exposes workers to harmful chemicals, and pollutes. But we’re calling vegan leather’s bluff. Vegan leather isn’t always best for the planet, workers, or animals.

Don’t sweat, we’re not ruling out vegan leather altogether. We’re simply here to remove your vegan tinted glasses and explain the effects of both.

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What is linen fabric made from and why do so many people love wearing it?

Let’s talk about linen. You may only be acquainted with this wonder fabric through your favourite Zingara Collection piece, or because that linen tablecloth your grandma gave you when you moved out of home five years ago is still going strong (regardless of the copious amounts of spilled wine). Despite your constant interaction with this fabric, what you may not know about is its origins and the way in which it was utilised before modern technology. So, we’re here to tell you a bit more about this beautiful, enduring fabric, and how it gets from the soil to your wardrobe.   

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13 Terms You Didn’t Know About Ethical Fashion.

We’ve all had that awkward word moment. You know, the one where someone’s used a word you’ve never heard in your life and you stand there smiling and waving like the penguins from Madagascar told you to because, well, you literally have no idea what that word means. There are a lot of terms within the ethical and sustainable world that are not often discussed or used in the mainstream sphere but are the cause of these awkward word moments. Never fear, Ethical Made Easy is here! Sorry team, we had to.

In the wake of our What the F**k Is Ethical Fashion? eBook release, a collaboration between us and the wonderful Kate Hall of Ethically Kate, we’ve decided it’d be a great idea to put together a list of some little-known terms often slapped onto the tags of ethical fashion products. It’s important to know what these particular words and phrases mean so you have the ability to make your own decisions based on your understanding of the promises that a particular company has made. Keep calm and read on ‘cause the definitions that accompany the following ethical terms will eventually come in handy.

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Is hemp the most sustainable fabric?

Of all of the plants available for cultivation and utilisation by human beings, hemp has got to be up there as one of the most handy. Hemp is a strain of the cannabis species so it has long been utilised for its medicinal purposes, but it’s super versatile; it can be used to make paper, art supplies, skincare products, food products, biomass fuels and, because the fibers have immense strength and durability, it is even used to form an insulating building block similar to concrete. So basically, hemp is a super plant.

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