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Eco-friendly fashion

What is eco-fashion?

Eco-fashion is about making clothes that take into account the environment, the health of consumers and the working conditions of people in the fashion industry.

Eco-fashion clothes:
  • are made using organic raw materials, such as cotton grown without pesticides and silk made by worms fed on organic trees
  • dont involve the use of harmful chemicals and bleaches to colour fabrics
  • are often made from recycled and reused textiles. High-quality garments can be made from second-hand clothes and even recycled plastic bottles
  • are made to last, so that people keep them for longer
  • come from fair trade - the people who make them are paid a fair price and have decent working conditions.

    With the eco-fashion industry still in its infancy, the main responsibility at the moment lies with clothes manufacturers and fashion designers, who need to start using sustainable materials and processes.

    Click on the next cog to find out how one company is trying to achieve this.
     

  • Conventional cotton:production and pesticides

    Organic cotton: a new approach



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