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The Materials

Part I. A Guide to Curate a Sustainable Closet

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last.

– Vivienne Westwood

The Materials

Part II. Index of Common Fabrics

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Acetate

Acetate is an artificial fibre made from regenerated cellulose, which is usually derived from trees. It is a type of rayon and is usually used as a cheaper substitute for silk. It is not a very durable textile due to its low thermal stability and tendency to lose strength when wet, and thus should be avoided.

Pros

Biodegradable, very cheap, shinny, soft, drapes well, breathable, hypoallergenic

Cons

Not durable, sensitive to light, melts easily, builds up static

Environmental concerns

Although semi-synthetic fibres are made of renewable natural resources and are biodegradable, most of them are not considered very environmentally friendly due to their heavily polluting manufacturing process. Other concerns include causing deforestation, when woods are not sourced from environmentally responsible suppliers and are not sustainably harvested. However, still, they are considered more sustainable than conventional synthetic fibres.

More sustainable alternatives

Organic natural fibres, Tencel, EcoVero