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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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Lyocell

Lyocell is an artificial fibre made from regenerated cellulose, which is usually derived from trees unless otherwise stated. It is very similar to viscose, except lyocell is manufactured in a relatively more eco-friendly process, during which toxic chemicals are recycled and used in a closed loop.

Pros

Biodegradable, soft, drapes well, durable, breathable, absorbent, lightweight, wrinkle-resistant, shrink-resistant

Cons

More expensive than other rayon fibres

Environmental concerns

Although Lyocell is considered relatively more eco-friendly than other rayon fibres, there is a concern of causing deforestation, when woods are not sourced from environmentally responsible suppliers and are not sustainably harvested. However, it can be avoided by choosing branded lyocell, such as Tencel.

More sustainable alternatives

Organic natural fibres, Tencel, EcoVero