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Sustainable Fashion

by Ryan Ward July 11, 2018

Sustainable Fashion

Fashion is constantly evolving, constantly bringing to the fore new ideas. Combined with a 'throwaway culture', fashion has often thrived on the ability to produce and our willingness to consume.

Now, more than ever, there's a push to create sustainable fashion. But what does sustainable fashion entail? 

For some designers, it means turning to materials that are replenished rapidly. Wood has become a regular feature over the past few seasons, notably in jewellery and women and men's wooden sunglasses.

While wooden jewellery has been a fixture of societies since the beginnings of civilisation, focus has shifted towards wood as a material for fashion designers as it is easily accessible, affordable and quickly replaced. 

While wood is readily available, what about fabrics? The upcycling and recycling of clothes has lead to renewable fashion ranges consisting of fabric from old t-shirts, dresses, jackets and much more. With this approach, many items are one-of-a-kind, completely unique in their look and make-up.

Slow Fashion, as it's known, adopts the principles of 'slow food'. Doing away with the concept of 'fast fashion', slow fashion focuses on quality goods produced in a manner that does not impact the environment and can be sold at a fair price to consumers. Many slow fashion designers opt to use materials from smaller suppliers, or perhaps utilise old or vintage clothes to create new garments.

Peace Silk, silk cultivated from silkworms without killing the worm. Though more humane, and gaining traction as an alternative silk production method, the pace is slow and the yield is lower than when the traditional methods are employed, putting prices at double per kilo opposed to standard silk. However, the quality of the silk is undeniable and many silk producers have adopted the peace silk, or ahimsa, approach when cultivating the fibre.  

For what Vanacci has to offer in terms of sustainable fashion, check out our range of women and men's wooden sunglasses here

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