Ethical and sustainable fabrics

We love using natural, alternative and sustainable fibres. Almost half of the world’s clothing and textiles use dangerous pesticides or use large amounts of water during their growth or are made from oil. These are not sustainable or environmentally friendly options.

Organic Cotton

Organic Cotton. Ethical Fashion from Outsider
Organic Cotton is produced without the use of pesticides and chemical. The cotton is grown using natural methods to control pests. This is the way it was grown long before the development of chemically manufactured pesticides appeared. Organic Cotton producers have to meet GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) requirements in their growth and production.  The fabrics we source are also fairly traded where possible. 

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Natural Colour Cotton

Ethical fashion made using natural colour cotton
Cotton historically and naturally can grow in shades of green, brown and beige. It is grown organically and means that the fabric produced is completely pure and natural – no dyes or chemicals are used in its production. Our Natural Colour Cotton supplier has both OCIA International organic certification and an OEKO-Tex award for textiles to ensure no harmful pesticides or dyes are used.

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Merino Wool

Merino wool ethical fashion
Wool is a natural fibre with many fantastic qualities.  Renewable and biodegradable, its natural proteins will completely break down with environmental exposure to organic carbon and return to the environment in years to come.

The organic Merino Wool suiting we have sourced is from an Italian supplier which produces fabrics which are both eco-dyed and finished. They buy the wool fibre from New Zealand and spin it into cloth in Italy. It is light to touch but warm to wear.

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Silk is a natural fibre with wonderful drape, shine and soft hand-feel qualities.  Although silk fabrics often look delicate, it is a strong and long lasting fibre if cared for correctly.  Being a natural fibre, it is biodegradable after its useful life. Sadly most silk alternatives are synthetic and not biodegradable so we do not use them for our styles.

Most of our silk is made from the cocoons of silk moths which must be killed to harvest the silk fibre.  However, we have started sourcing alternative qualities that will be suitable for our vegan & vegetarian clients. 

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Hemp and Hemp Silk

Hemp is a quick growing crop which does not require pesticides and fertilisers most of the time it is grown organically. This plant is actually good for the soil it grows in! It is one of the most durable and strong natural fibres, which means long lasting garments. Hemp is also cool to wear in the summer and warm in cooler weather.  The Hemp Silk blend we use incorporates Mulberry silk to add a luxurious sheen.

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Beautiful ethical fashion made using bamboo fibers
Bamboo is a plant which grows very quickly and does not usually require pesticides and fertilisers. The process which removes the fibre from the plant is usually chemical free which makes it a good environmentally-friendly fibre. It is also very strong so will mean long lasting hard wearing clothes. Bamboo is both biodegradable and recyclable. Our Bamboo fabric is from a certified organic fabric supplier, certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and fairly traded.

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Lyocell, also known as Tencel, a bio-degradable fibre made from Eucalyptus treesTencel is also known as Lyocell, is a biodegradable fibre made from eucalyptus trees. The eucalyptus tree is extremely fast-growing and requires little water and virtually no pesticides. The fibre is created using an award-winning closed-loop production process - the chemicals used to break down the wood fibres are recycled continually. The fabrics produced are anti-bacterial, soft and lightweight.

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Peace Silk

Peace Silk is also known as Eri Silk, it is a cruelty-free fibre made from the cocoons of the wild Eri moth. The process does not involve harming the moths, they are allowed to complete their natural lives as the cocoons are gathered after the moths emerge and fly away. Peace silk is often woven by hand by fair trade producers in India. The fabrics produced are usually slightly thicker, textured and less shiney than traditionally produced silk.  Peace silk is also more expensive because it takes more time and skill to collect and spin the abandoned cocoons.

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Outsider Fashion is the Ethical Fashion clothing destination for all things sustainable. We pride ourselves on our use of Natural, Sustainable Fabrics - Organic Cotton, Merino Wool, Hemp, Bamboo and Tencel. Outsider Fashion is a UK based company, with the option of Worldwide postage. Stay up to date through our Ethical Fashion Blog. Now also offering Sustainable & Organic fabrics by the metre and a range of Natural Beauty.

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