Sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility. Sustainable fashion appears not to be a short-term trend but one which could last multiple seasons.
There are many factors when considering the sustainability of a material. The renewability and source of a fiber, the process of how a raw fiber is turned into a textile, the working conditions of the people producing the materials, and the material’s total carbon footprint.
Natural Fibers are fibers which are found in nature and are not petroleum-based. Natural fibers can be categorized into two main groups, cellulose or plant fiber and protein or animal fiber. Recycled or reclaimed fibers are made from scraps of fabrics collected from clothing factories, which are processed back into short fibers for spinning into a new yarn. There are only a few facilities globally that are able to process the clippings and variations range from a blend of recycled cotton fibers and for strength to recycled cotton fibers and virgin acrylic fibers which are added for color consistency and strength.
Designers say that they are trying to incorporate these sustainable practices into modern clothing, rather than producing “hippie clothes. Due to the efforts taken to minimize harm in the growth, manufacturing, and shipping of the products, sustainable fashion is typically more expensive than clothing produced by conventional methods.
Eco-friendly designers bring fashions to Hilton Suites
Eco-friendly Canadian designers are showcasing their fashions on Oct 6th at the Markham Hilton Suites. Organized by Simply Green Unique Events, the event aims to promote local and sustainable fashion consumer choices. The exhibitors show runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local businesses and media in the fashion and beauty industry will set up booths and exhibits to display their products and merchandise. Runways will feature designers including Nazbash, Harti, Yoyo Streetwear and 3D Art Design Studio.
There will also be an after party from 7 to 9 p.m. with a deejay and live music. The event supports OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network on behalf of the Canadian Blood Services and United Way. There will be a OneMatch Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Swabbing station on site where people will be able to register as potential donors. More than 500 people are expected to attend, including a few celebrities and dignitaries.