A discovery of textiles: Is sustainable maintainable?

Whenever deciding on the latest fashion to shop, it should not come at the cost of the environment. OASEAS is in the midst of creating something natural, wholesome and fundamental for women. A new, sustainable way of consuming, which should have a positive impact for your wardrobe, lifestyle and the planet.

Before fast fashion exploded, there were about 2 sustainable seasons of fashion a year. Today, a shocking number of 52 seasons of fashion are contributing to a huge amount of clothing to be made in one year. The garments are often extremely cheap and of bad quality as the respective retailers use very cheap materials such as nonrecycled polyester and nylon. Such materials are neither sustainable nor provide the consumer with a long-lasting experience. Because of its toxic “ingredients”, and once dumped into landfill, they take a long time to break down. In fact, a piece of clothing can take up to 200 years to break down, Close the Loop points out.

Switching to recyclable materials means reducing the need to make fabrics from raw textiles like synthetic yarn. It saves energy and avoids further pollution that usually takes place during traditional dyeing and washing. Recycling natural materials (like wool) is a process of stripping and shredding fabrics into smaller fibers. Wool is then being decolorized, while polyester is pulverized and melted into new fibers. There is an increased demand for recycled polyester, especially to upcycle sportswear, but prices for such initiatives are yet very high. Most pieces involve a blend of materials, which leads to very expensive and intensive sorting processes, pushing price-tags upwards. However, by continuous innovations, retailers and physicians are exploring new technologies to upcycled and recycle textiles more easily, eco-friendlier and faster.

OASEAS provides you with brands that work with sustainable materials, recycle and educate themselves continuously. Why? – Because becoming more sustainable means knowing your fabrics and where they come from. The onboarded brands use some of the most valuable materials like Hemp, Cotton, Wool and Econyl.

When it comes to sustainable textiles, hemp is a fabric on-par with linen. It has been spun into fiber for years, making it the perfect alternative. Cotton is luxurious in feel but needs to be upcycled by companies that can afford a closed-loop water system that reduces water usage and wastage. We pinpoint these companies and look for marks such as the “better cotton initiative”. Wool & Cashmere are even more deluxe, creating warm and high-quality items that are biodegradable. Brands on OASEAS which favor to work & produce with Wool & Cashmere are using ethical treatments as we do not involve ourselves with companies that harm animals in their production processes. Econyl, a to some people fairly unknown textile is actually recycled nylon! Made from oil, fishing nets and other recycled plastics and fibers it provides a sustainable answer for bikinis and other garments. 

What’s not to miss? -  Bamboo, Lyocell, Modal and Tencel. They are tree-based fabrics and of exceptional quality. Derived from tree pulp and eco-friendly transformed into soft fibers, they are another stunning alternative to recycle on the market. But what’s there to avoid? – Acrylic, Polyamide, and Sequins. These types of materials are made from fossil fuels and as with all synthetic fibers, they release tiny microplastics when washed, which are entering water systems, run out into the ocean, creating a lot of health issues for animals and humans alike. Moreover, these materials loose stretchiness and quality over time.

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