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Why you should know what’s in your clothes fabric!


It’s all in the fibre!! 


As a strong believer in using only natural fibres in our business I want to share with you why that’s important to me by sharing a little snippet of what happens when using man made fibres including polyester, nylon and acrylics etc.

Microfibers are tiny strands of plastic that shed off synthetic fabrics like polyester, rayon and nylon. Scientists have discovered that they are one of the main causes of plastic pollution in the oceans, says Peter Ross, vice president of Ocean Wise in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Sure there was a time in my personal life when I just loved any type of fashion I could get my hands on. I’m a creative at heart and that means I love putting different clothes together and really having my own type of style.

I used to think the more clothes I owned the better and never really took a lot of notice on what they were made from. Every change of season would have me cleaning out the wardrobe and giving literally bags and bags of clothes to my mum and sister I no longer wanted and had to cull to make room in my overflowing cupboards for the next purchases I was making. 

Many moons ago I was a lover of designer clothes that were Australian made and one thing I started to notice is yes they were expensive (like hide the receipt evidence from hubby kind of expensive ) but boy did they last wear on wear and year on year. They lasted so well I still have some of these pieces I wear now 12 plus years on. Unfortunately most of these labels are no longer made on our shores and the quality really changed and the longevity was just no longer there in the garments.

What I also started to notice is that some of the polyester “fast fashion” pieces I would buy didn’t wash that well and would lose shape. Now there was also another problem I had when I wore these type of fabrics and it may be an over share but I’m sure someone else would have experienced the same issue.
On those hot summer days if I was to get a little sweaty while wearing an acrylic/polyester or nylon clothes the tops would end up with the perspiration smell etched into the fabric. I of course would wash the garment but the next time I would wear it the smell would come out of the fabric again. Then I’d find myself having to throw out a top or dress I had worn a handful of time because of this. 

All of these things over time wrapped with my curiosity about sustainable living in general started me on a journey of working out the best natural fibres to use to create clothing and how choosing to have a slow fashion business could make a positive impact on not only our environment but also on you, the people who chose to buy our garments.

Fabrics such as linen, organic or sustainable cotton and wool truly are the ultimate of fabrics to make clothing from. They breathe (no more smelly fabric at your armpit), they help to regulate your body temperature in winter and summer so it’s more enjoyable to wear, they are biodegradable fibres that won’t stay in landfill forever and it allows us to support other sustainable industries that grow these raw fibres sustainably and responsibly.

My love for Australian made also means we do our best to now source Australian produced fabric where we can (there aren’t many factories left that do woven fabrics here now unfortunately) and our linen we use is gorgeous sustainably made Oeko Tex certified linen so we know we are being as sustainable as possible throughout the entire process.

So next time you are looking for a new garment be sure to read the “care instructions” label which will include the fibres of the garment on it and where you can, choose only garments that are made of natural fibres. Every tiny bit helps the environment.

 

On a little end note I want you to also use what you have in your wardrobe now. Mix and match, try pairing different things together and make it feel fresh. If you would like to learn how to bring slow fashion into your life feel free to jump over to our “Capsule Collections” on our website for the easiest, most beautiful way to join the slow fashion movement with us or if you have specific questions for us about slow fashion and natural fibres drop us an email hello@billieandgrace.com.au we would love to chat with you. 

Andrea