A document regarding sustainability for textiles :D

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Sustainability is the ability to provide the best for people as well as the environment with
regards to the present generation and significance of all other generations in the future.
Sustainability is an economic, social, and ecological concept. It is intended to be a means of
configuring civilization and human activity so that society and its members are able to meet
their needs and express their greatest potential in the present, while preserving biodiversity
and natural ecosystems, and planning and acting for the ability to maintain these ideals
In fashion industry, sustainable fashion/eco fashion is the manufacture of a design that has
taken into account its environmental and social impact it may have throughout its life span.
Many things need to be considered when making a garment or product that is to be
sustainable. The first thing is the material that is to be used. The renewability and source of
the fiber, how the fiber is turned into textiles to create the piece, the working conditions in
which the people produce the fabric and the materials total carbon footprint.
Natural fibers are much more environmentally friendly than regenerated or synthetic
fibers as long as they are grown ethically, without the use of pesticides and other
harsh chemicals.
Regenerated fabrics and synthetic fabrics need the use of chemicals to
create them so they are more harmful for the environment as the toxic
chemicals can release toxic gases into the atmosphere
Also, more electricity is needed to create the regenerated and synthetic
fabrics which add to fuel costs as more fuel is being used to generate the
energy ­ which the fuel is most likely to be off nonrenewable resources or
form nuclear fission. (Nuclear fission although does not cause much
pollution, the radiation it causes, if leaked, is very harmful and dangerous.
Recycling fabrics that have been previously used is better than the use of new
fabrics as these reduce the need to create new fabrics which need the use of fuels
to generate electricity to power the machines to create the fibers before turning into
Furthermore, the recycling means there are less waste being dumped into the
earth, especially with the nonbiodegradable fabrics (usually regenerated and
synthetic fabrics) these will last in the earth forever if not for very long, so
was the pollution caused in the first place to create these fabrics worth it?

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Additionally, there is a growing range of factors that distinguish ethical fashion from
traditional fashion, including use of sweatshopfree labor, energyefficient processes,
alternative energy, and lowimpact dyes in manufacturing.
The use of electricity in the manufacturing process of clothing is important as it provides
energy for machines to work which make bringing together of a garment easier as well as
being neater. However, the source that is used in order to generate this electricity is also to
be considered when thinking about sustainability.…read more


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