The most common clothing materials

This article continues my small series about fashion and shopping, and I cannot skip materials the clothes are made from. I love checking the materials and it is the most important thing for me when I shop. I understand that our skin is extremely absorbent, so it is important for me what I put straight on my skin.

The textile industry and especially dyeing of fabrics is one of the three factors polluting our environment the most.

According to some sources, it is just second place to fuel. It makes sense to me, when I imagine the whole process. Pesticides when growing the crops, processing the crops, dyeing the fabric, transporting goods over half of the world, working with cutting, sewing,…

And not only that, today we often discuss plastic and piles of plastic trash. But less often, people think that plastic trash also includes clothes that are not biodegradable (in USA people throw away 10 millions of tons of clothes per year!).

So let’s investigate the ingredients in our clothes together. Below are pros, cons, and other information about each material.

Personally, I don’t but clothes often. Project 333 helps me with more conscious shopping, and curating a smaller, more effective wardrobe. When I feel like I’m missing something in my wardrobe, I use these steps:

  1. I ask myself one more time if I really need a new piece. I often wait over week before I start searching though shops.
  2. Once decided, I look for the piece in thrift stores; I take my time and hunt for three weeks or more.
  3. If I am not successful in thrift stores, I look for a piece from an ethical manufacturer.
  4. My last option is to have someone sew a piece according to my exact imagination and from carefully selected material.

I honestly hope that this article helped you get some basic ideas about materials. Labeling can be misleading and confusing. Did I miss any materials that you have in your closet? Let me know, I will be happy to include it.

Have nice a investigative day,



Translation with the help of Ellie Farrier

I am a Montessori teacher, a woman, and an admirer of nature. My passion is keeping my household ecological and gentle. I have been making changes in my life and home for the last few years, with intention of living a more fulfilling life with the smallest burden on nature as possible. I love to share my experiences and I like to show others that these changes can be joyful and easy to apply.

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