Here we are, fast approaching the end of January! It seems like we have been living in our winter wardrobe for a life time, and I’m more than ready to start planning for a warmer climate – who’s with me? So how do we navigate building upon the transition from winter warmth to fresh, spring threads?

I have compiled a short and concise overview of 4 fabrics to watch out for when planning our purchases for Spring/Summer 19’, in order that we can meet the shops with an informed approach to building a wardrobe with eco impact.

Grab your coffee filled keep cup and let’s get started:-

1. Econyl®

Being a ‘Stay Wild Swim’ fan, you will already be familiar with this trusty fabric made from recycled nylon and plastic. The use of econyl® is helping towards climate change, as it reduces the impact of nylon on global warming by up to 80% (when compared with material from oil). 1 In addition, the fabric is infinitely recyclable.

2. Tencel™

This is made up of lyocell fibres and the fibres are derived from wood pulp within sustainable forestry. With it’s enhanced breathability and natural soft touch fibres, this fabric gives extra comfort combined with sustainability. 2 It can be used to make an array of leisurewear garments, including denim, intimates, shoes and activewear, so it’s super versatile.

3. rPET

Recycled polyethylene terephthalate, i.e recycled polyester. This is made up of either factory off cuts or recycled materials such as bottles.

4. Organic Cotton

Produced without the use of toxic chemicals. 5 Not only more environmentally friendly, but ‘organic’ sets a standard for farmers to be paid a fair wage, whilst ensuring safe working conditions and clean waterways.

Analysing our wardrobes at present, how often do we wear the items we already own? Do we really need another outfit for that upcoming occasion (perhaps only to be worn as a one off), or can we re-visit our wardrobe and sport a pre-loved look? Planning our future wardrobes isn’t restricted to educating ourselves on what fabrics to gravitate towards, also about making mindful choices of investing in pieces that will interlock with our present wardrobe. Buying with the intention that we will wear the piece on numerous occasions. Alongside following the steps on the wash care labels to look after the items, ensuring that they last wear after wear.

In reality I don’t think many of us can stand and say we have a fully sustainable, eco-friendly wardrobe. This article isn’t about advising anyone to get rid of the pieces they already own, which perhaps don’t meet the sustainable standard. It’s about educating ourselves for the future on other options that are readily available. Generating awareness for Spring/Summer 19’ and seasons beyond, in order that we can begin to build a future wardrobe with eco impact.

Remember, slow fashion is slow. The process to change doesn’t happen over night, it’s about making small, consistent changes, which ultimately equals a positive end result.

This article was written by Stay Wild Swim family member Roseanna, a fashion designer and illustrator from Ireland. With a respect for the ocean and the environment, throughout the years the beauty of nature has been an influence in her work. As well as design, Roseanna is a big foodie, enjoys quiet moments sipping on a flat white and living life in the great outdoors. 

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Stay Wild Swim Drawing by Roseanna Crawford

Stay Wild Swim Drawing by Roseanna Crawford