Sustainable fashion means that the materials used in the production process are renewable, recyclable, or biodegradable.
This includes fabrics, dyes, and other components. Sustainable clothing also uses less water and energy during production, which helps reduce pollution and conserve resources.
A sustainable winter wardrobe doesn't mean you have to spend thousands of dollars to overhaul your closet. In fact, a quick and easy way to make your existing wardrobe greener is by choosing natural fabrics, organic materials, or recycled items. Natural fabrics are often better at regulating body temperature and therefore keeping you warm in the winter months when compared to manmade materials like polyester or nylon.
Plus they look great! Here's what we recommend:
Base layer is the foundation for your winter wardrobe. It should be loose and breathable to allow for heat and moisture to escape, made from natural materials like organic cotton, and long enough to cover the wrists (if you’re wearing a watch) and ankles. Having a good base layer will mean that as soon as you step outside, you feel warm.
When choosing a mid layer, it's important to think about what kind of weather conditions you'll be facing. For example, if you're going on a hike and don't know how cold it's going to be, opt for something comfortable that can easily pack away when things heat up, like our sustainable sweaters and jumpers.
Underwear and accessories are often made from a variety of fabrics. When choosing socks, consider sustainable fabrics like organic cotton. Organic cotton is an excellent option for underwear because it is softer, more durable and healthier for your skin.
Natural fabrics like linen are also great options for scarves because they're comfortable against the skin and can help you stay warm in winter weather.
Choosing sustainable and natural fabrics
If you're looking to make your clothes last longer, the first step is choosing sustainable fabrics like organic cotton.
Organic cotton is grown without pesticides and chemical fertilisers, which means it's healthier for the environment as well as for people working in the fields. It's also made from non-genetically modified organisms, so there are fewer chemicals used during production and it doesn't have any genetically modified material in it.
Finally, organic clothing has a more responsible manufacturing process that does not require synthetic chemical treatments or dyes (again decreasing environmental impact).
Natural fabrics like linen are the way to go. This doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style for sustainability. In fact, you might find that natural fabrics are even better for your body than synthetic ones. Natural materials like linen are also less likely to cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin (and they smell so good!).
It's important that we support manufacturers who use sustainable practices by buying their products and telling others about them! The more people buy these items, the more demand there is for them—and eventually this could result in an industry where all clothing is made sustainably!
Clothes made with recycled materials are awesome because they make use of fabrics that would otherwise go to waste and create new beautiful pieces that you'll be extremely proud to wear. This is called upcycled fashion, and it's something you can either do yourself or buy online. At Velvety, for example, we have an entire collection of upcycled clothing.
Would like to dive deeper into sustainable fabrics? Check out our guide to vegan and sustainable fabrics.