Within the world of textiles, we can find dozens of types of fabrics. Textile fibers have been used by humans since their evolution began and their acquisition and creation of culture to this day. Although it’s true that every time more companies use artificial fabrics and even the technology points to the creation of clothes with 3D printers, organic fabrics are still booming.
There are fabrics that are good for the environment, for the people who dress them and for planet earth. Sustainability and organic fibers go hand in hand with circular economy processes.
Cotton, bamboo, wool, linen or silk are some good examples. There are vegetable fibers that make clothes last longer and of a better quality compared to fast fashion, that advocates people buying them, wearing them and throwing them away in a short period of time, thus increasing meaningless consumerism.
Less well known are garments made with cactus fibers or with alpaca hair. The cactus has a flexible fiber and it absorbs a lot of moisture. This material is usually used in products for decoration and fashion elements of long duration that require great resistance. On the other hand, the alpaca hair is widely used in apparel, as well as in rugs or fashion accessories, due to its lightness and warmth.
The Global Organic Textile Standard
Ecological clothing also uses these types of fabrics in its manufacturing processes. These garments must be accredited by the GOTS regulation (Global Organic Textile Standard), that certifies that the materials used are organic.
As they explain in their official website, GOTS “is the world’s leading standard in the processing of textiles made from organic fiber, which includes ecological and social criteria, and is supported by independent certifications throughout the textile supply chain”.
And adds that its goal “is to define globally recognized requirements for ensuring the organic status of textile products, from the production of the raw material, through responsible production with the environment and the social setting, to proper labelling, so that the final product offers the consumer the necessary safety and credibility. This way, textile processors and manufacturers have the possibility to export their organic fabrics and garments with an accepted certification in all major world markets”.