Splitting hairs | How sustainable are cashmere, angora or mohair?

Have you wondered where that fluffy, lovely, warm cashmere scarf or mohair jumper really come from? Or just how ethically was it produced? Well, let’s explore together the ins and outs of hair-based fibres and their sustainable story.
We talked about types of wool a while ago and the sustainability and ethic aspects related to it. But not all that is warm, woolly and cosy is actually wool. There are a few other animal fibres that can be knitted or woven into lovely cloth that are not technically categorised as wool, but they are actually the hair various animals, from rabbits to goats, lamas and alpacas.

How sustainable is wool?

Wool is a natural material and we could easily assume that’s enough to be sustainable. Wool used to be one of the most common materials, but with the advent of synthetic fibres and the omnipresence of cotton, both the worldwide production and consumption (at least for apparel) has decreased. However, we still like a lovely warm woollen jumper or a merino coat, and sewing with wool fabrics is great, isn’t it? Although in general wool is considered a more sustainable fibre or fabric, there are a few things you need to know so you can make informed decisions.

[Sustainable Tuesdays] Not all cotton is made alike

Welcome back to my fortnightly Sustainable Tuesdays series. Today, I’m covering cotton, a material that is as ubiquitous as it is taken for granted. But is all cotton made alike? When we buy cotton garments or fabric with a certain content of cotton, we don’t usually give too much thought to what that actually means. I mean, it’s more important to ensure the content of cotton vs. man made fibres, the design of the fabric or the garment, the drape or the fit. Some manufacturers will highlight such qualities as organic, Better Cotton, or Fairtrade. But what do those claims…

[Sustainable Tuesdays] Three unusual sustainable fabrics

Welcome to my newly created (as in just now) ‘Sustainable Tuesdays’ posts (only because the first one happened to be posted on a Tuesday, so I thought I keep with this day of the week). The aim of the series is to share my discoveries in the space of sustainable fashion and to inform and inspire other sewers to join me on this journey. In today’s post, I’m showcasing three sustainable fabrics that I for one never imagined could be actually made into garments. Unfortunately, some of them are not readily available in the UK, but if you’re travelling through…