Has Climate Change Sparked Interest In Natural Fibres?

Has Climate Change Sparked Interest In Natural Fibres?

Most people’s perceptions of the world have changed over the last few years, as everyone has become more and more aware of the impact of climate change. 

In fact, you only need to look at the news to see record-breaking temperatures in Europe, wildfires in Canada and Greece, and the shrinking ice cap to appreciate the importance of doing our bit to slow down global warming. 

While the general public cannot stop sea levels from rising, you can become more sustainable, as reducing the amount of rubbish that ends up in landfill will lower carbon emissions. 

According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), 60 per cent of clothing fabric is plastic, such as acrylic, nylon and polyester. 

Not only are these non-recyclable, they produce microfibres when they are washed that end up in waterways, such as lakes, rivers, seas and oceans. 

Unsurprisingly, they contain contaminants that affect marine life, resulting in starvation and stunted growth. 

The UNEP also reported the fashion industry generated between two and eight per cent of global carbon emissions in 2018, with this figure potentially being significantly higher these days. 

It predicted the fashion industry could account for 25 per cent of the world’s carbon budget by 2050 if the trend continues. 

That is why people are moving towards sustainable fabrics, such as cotton, silk and linen, as these are much more environmentally friendly. 

These naturally-occurring materials do not contain plastics, which means they are not polluting the world’s seas, and they do not release high levels of carbon emissions in their production. 

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