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5 Eco-Friendly Materials Used in Sustainable Fashion

Discover the world of sustainable fashion with The 138 Way. In this blog post, we delve into five eco-friendly materials revolutionizing the industry. From organic cotton to innovative Piñatex, learn...

Introduction to Sustainable Fashion

As the world becomes more aware of the environmental impact of the fashion industry, sustainable fashion is gaining momentum. The use of eco-friendly materials in clothing production is a significant step towards reducing the industry's carbon footprint. In this blog post, we will explore five eco-friendly materials used in sustainable fashion that are not only stylish but also kind to our planet.

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1. Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is a popular eco-friendly material used in sustainable fashion. Unlike conventional cotton, organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals, making it better for the environment and the people who work with it. Additionally, organic cotton farming practices promote biodiversity and healthy soil, which can help combat climate change. When shopping for sustainable clothing, look for the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification to ensure the cotton used is genuinely organic.

The 138 Way’s Definition Collection is made exclusively from GOTS-certified organic cotton. Shop the collection here.

2. Hemp

Another eco-friendly material gaining popularity in sustainable fashion is hemp. This versatile plant is known for its durability and low environmental impact. Hemp requires less water and land to grow compared to cotton and is naturally resistant to pests, reducing the need for harmful pesticides. Hemp fabric is breathable, biodegradable, and possesses antibacterial properties, making it an excellent choice for clothing and accessories.

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3. Tencel

Tencel, also known as Lyocell, is a sustainable fabric made from wood pulp, usually sourced from eucalyptus trees. The production process of Tencel is closed-loop, meaning that the water and solvents used in the process are recycled, reducing waste and pollution. Tencel fabric is soft, breathable, and highly absorbent, making it a popular choice for activewear, casual clothing, and even bedding. Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification to ensure that the wood used in Tencel production is sourced sustainably.

4. Recycled Polyester

Recycled polyester is an eco-friendly alternative to virgin polyester, a synthetic material commonly used in the fashion industry. Recycled polyester is made from post-consumer plastic waste, such as water bottles, reducing the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and oceans. In addition, the production of recycled polyester uses less energy and water compared to virgin polyester, making it a more sustainable choice. Many sustainable fashion brands now use recycled polyester in their clothing and accessories.

The 138 Way uses recycled polyester fabric in the making of the inner fleece of our hoodies. Shop the sustainable hoodie collection here.

recycled polyester

5. Piñatex

Piñatex is an innovative, eco-friendly material made from pineapple leaf fibers, a byproduct of the pineapple farming industry. Piñatex is a sustainable alternative to leather, offering a cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly option for fashion items such as shoes, bags, and accessories. The production process of Piñatex is low-waste, as the remaining biomass from the pineapple leaves can be used as fertilizer or biofuel. Plus, the material is biodegradable and can be easily dyed with natural pigments.


As the fashion industry continues to evolve, more eco-friendly materials are being developed and used in sustainable fashion. By choosing clothing made from these materials, you can help reduce your environmental impact while still enjoying stylish and comfortable garments. Keep an eye out for certifications like GOTS and FSC when shopping to ensure you're making the most sustainable choices.

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