In the present world, green, sustainable and eco-friendly materials are fast becoming the order of the day. It is no surprise that this trend has spread its tentacles into the fashion industry.
With many new innovations, many clothing apparels and tag companies now see the potentials in materials that were never thought to be useful. Hence there are quite a lot of eco-friendly materials like hemp paper, organic cotton, fruit by-products etc.
Here are some sustainable materials that will be suitable for your clothing label and tags:
- Recycled Polyester Yarn
With a completely recycled polyester yarn, you can get woven labels that come out as one of the best sustainable materials around. Bionic yarn, for instance, is a fabric that comes from ocean plastic. This yarn is composed of three layers giving it the desired durability, stretch, and texture needed for clothing tags and labels.
Jute is also one eco-friendly string. With just natural rainfall, jute thrives without external assistance (pesticides or fertilizers.) It takes an average of five months to grow to maturity. Hence, it is a sustainable crop with a huge turnover.
- Organic Cotton
To have an organic cotton farm, the farmland is treated to get rid of toxins. The land is also allowed to lay fallow to get the pollutants out. This cotton plant is not altered by chemicals in any form and fertilizers and chemicals are not used.
This process aims to reduce contamination or pollutants since all forms of chemicals and toxins are eradicated from the growth process. This reduces the carbon footprint and produces a sustainable material that is friendly to the skin and suitable for eco-friendly clothing tags and labels.
- Fruit By-Products
There are many
by-products of fruits that can be used to make sustainable materials. Piñatex, for instance, is a common waste product material that is gotten from dead pineapple leaves. Piñatex has almost the same texture as leather, this makes it a good alternative to vegan leathers made from plastic.
The best part of Piñatex as a sustainable material for clothing tags is that it is a by-product of agriculture, and as such, there is no need to set aside land for planting it.
The by-product of citrus juice is another eco-friendly material gotten from fruits. The tags generated from this are soft and suited for all kinds of apparel.
Bamboo is also one of the environmentally friendly plants that don’t need pesticides. It can survive with a minimal supply of water, compared to cotton products.
Bamboo is also gifted with properties that repel microbes. As a result, bamboo clothing tags or labels are well suited for people whose skin are sensitive or people with allergies. The antimicrobial properties of bamboo give the tag a naturally deodorizing ability.
Hemp can grow with little supply of water. It can survive all farm conditions without the need for pesticides. Hemp, asides being environmentally friendly, provides better value to customers and is also durable
Hemp’s properties make it perfect for clothing tag and labels. With time, it gets softer meaning it will be comfortable to wear. It is the ideal material for the custom woven label and tag design.
Made from eucalyptus trees, this is a fabric which makes use of a closed-loop production process. The meaning of this is that nearly all the chemical solutions used for the production process can be recaptured. This keeps the environment protected from these toxins.
Lyocell is a cutting-edge material in the world of eco-friendly materials. It is a completely biodegradable material. Hence, it leaves a minimal amount of carbon and ecological footprints on all fabrics used for clothing tags. It is a good addition to denim, bedding materials, athletic wears and other pieces of clothing materials.
- Textile Recovery System
It is important to point out that this is more of a process or a system, rather than a material. The process revolves around recycling old clothing scraps of cotton from around the globe. Using neither chemical nor water, it changes existing cotton to long-lasting fabric suitable for labels and tags.
The process makes no use of dyes in having vibrant colours. Thus, the elimination of toxic dyes and its by-product makes the process sustainable and the output eco-friendly.
The main idea behind an eco-friendly material is to reduce carbon footprints and other toxins. These are toxins that get into the atmosphere from the preparation process of these clothing materials.
We have selected and presented seven sustainable and eco-friendly materials. These are friendly and comfortable materials that will give the right texture and feel when used as cloth labels and tags.
About the Author
Annabelle Short is a writer and seamstress of more than 7 years. When not working, she’s spending time with her family or putting pen to paper for her own personal pursuits. Annabelle is a mother and she likes to make crafts and eco-friendly DIY projects with her two kids. Annabelle is passionate about sustainable sewing and eco-friendly clothing.