Unraveling Threads

Synthetic textiles have been dominating the fashion scene for far too long. And unfortunately, the environment is paying the price. The good news is, we have a number of sustainable alternatives in natural fibers and semi-synthetics.

Here you can explore the three main groups of fibers used in clothing textiles:

  • synthetic
  • semi-synthetic
  • and natural fibers.

Synthetic Fabrics

Is leather sustainable?

Natural Leather and Leather Alternatives: Vegan Leather, Pleather, Apples, & Petri Dishes

Is leather sustainable? It can be. When natural leather is sourced, processed, and disposed of responsibly, it can be a sustainable material. Manmade leather...
PET water bottles can be made into polyester fabric

What Is Polyester Fabric?

In short, polyester is plastic. Polyester fabric is a synthetic fabric woven with threads made from polyester fibers. Polyester fibers are the product of a...
what is acrylic fabric

What Is Acrylic Fabric?

Acrylic fabric is made with plastic threads. The plastic threads are made of a manmade polymer fiber created from fossil fuels through a chemical process. Acrylic fabric is...
polyamide fabric nylon fabric

Polyamide Fabric and Nylon Fabric

Polyamide fabric, also known as nylon fabric, is made of plastic. Polyamide fabric, like polyester fabric, is a manmade polymer. It is manufactured through a...

Semi-Synthetic Fabrics

eucalyptus is sustainably harvested to make lyocell tencel fabric

Semi-Synthetic Fabric: Rayon, Modal, Lyocell, & Cupro

Rayon fabric, modal fabric, lyocell fabric (Tencel), and Cupro are made of cellulosic fibers. Cellulosic fibers are made of a natural polymer called cellulose. The cellulose used...

Natural Fiber Fabrics

alpaca wool

Wool: Cashmere, Alpaca, Mohair, & Angora

Wool is a natural fiber that is collected from animals. It is a broad category that includes sheep wool, cashmere and mohair produced by...
how is silk fabric made mulberry worm

Silk Fabric

Silk fabric is made from silk fiber. Silk fiber is a natural protein. Insect larvae produce the protein while building their cocoons. The larvae of the mulberry...
hemp fiber used in clothing

Hemp Clothing

Hemp clothing is an extremely durable and comfortable natural fiber clothing. Just recently, on December 20, 2018, hemp became a legal industrial crop in...
organic cotton fabric clothing

Cotton Fabric

Cotton fabric is made from cotton fiber. Cotton fiber is naturally occurring and grows as a protective casing around the seeds of a cotton shrub....
linen fabric and jute fabric

Linen Clothing & Jute Clothing

Linen and jute fabrics are highly versatile, soft and breathable fabrics. Both linen and jute are great sustainable fabrics for your closet as they...