Choosing to buy eco-sustainable garments is the first step towards transforming one’s lifestyle. Organic cotton, ethical fibers, tinctures made from herbs: all these are worth-considering details in this newfound environmental awareness, pursuing to develop a new sustainable mindset.
Rome was not built in a day, neither does sustainable-fashion.
The environmental emergency requires almost obsessive attention in the choice of products: knowing that the jacket is made of recycled nylon, that goose feather padding has not caused harm to animal welfare, or that the industrial production system has minimized CO2 emissions it is not enough.
Does our organic cotton shirt make us feel good with our souls?
Well, what about GOTS?
From cotton cultivation to wool farms, gradually up to the detail of the labelling, everything is under the observation of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the bible to sustainability in textile field. The latter is purposely created for those who want those who want to convert to green fashion, which ensures that the production cycle respects thoroughly both environmental and ethical parameters.
Certificates list to be green is extremely long and detailed, perhaps though, still some doubts are to be considered.
Taking as example the recycled nylon jacket: arouses a motion of joy in letting us know that straws and plastic bottles that polluted the oceans have now become a warm outerwear garment. That said, there immediately comes back the cold wind, bringing doubts: is the padding certified by the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), which assures that no animal was harmed? Is all what worn under the jacket certified by the Global Recycle Standard (GRS)? Do our sweaters, t-shirts, pants and anything else, have a quantity of recycled material that has an environmental resonance in reducing the wastes?
ICEA and RWS
ICEA: independent institute that contributes to the development of organic farming by controlling the production activity of Italian companies to guarantee ecological and ethical standards. Responsible Wool Standard (RWS): a consortium that ensures animal welfare standards in wool production.
Fabrics, buttons, hinges and padding become a powerful tool for the green mindset.
Mobilitation to actual sustainability is hard, for sure.
The advantage lies in information flow, allowing conscious choices: If you have the will and the patience to look carefully, the fashion market offers a wide choice of products designed to avoid harming the environment. fabrics, buttons, hinges and padding are becoming powerfully enagged against pollution, the destruction of resources and the lack of attention and care towards nature.
Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturing sustainable standards
Many companies, in Italy and abroad, are implanting their production on this basis, trying to create a fertile ground for the birth and growth of a sustainable fashion. Among these, stand out the “Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturing Institute” (CCMI), controlling the production of cashmere and camel hair garments, dealing with maintaining high quality standards and avoiding animals’, territories and populations involved in production harming.