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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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Modal

Modal is an artificial fibre made from regenerated cellulose, which is derived from beech trees. It is a type of rayon and is usually used as a better alternative for cotton since it is more durable and absorbent than cotton. It can commonly found in activewear, underwear and pyjamas.

Pros

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

Cons

more expensive than cotton or viscose

Environmental concerns

Although modal is considered 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 modal.

More sustainable alternatives

Organic natural fibres, Lenzing Modal, Tencel, EcoVero