Eco-friendly alternatives have dictated the ethics of fabric production. The switch to fashion options that save the environment has been a thing these last few years.
Athleisure brands have produced sportswear, running wear, swimwear, yoga wear and other types of activewear that are made from eco-friendly fabrics in an effort to support the cause.
The rise in popularity of performance-level athleticwear has pushed companies to find "ethically-produced" fabrics to create eco-friendly sportswear.
Synthetic materials like polyester, nylon, spandex, or a combination of each other have been the base fabric for sportswear for the longest time. The problem however is that despite being useful in performance they aren't sustainable fabrics.
These factors have pushed producers to come up with new materials such as REPREVE. This high-quality material is made out of recycled water bottles. The bottles are first turned into yarn which can be weaved with polyester, nylon, spandex, or weaved purely to create an eco-friendly base.
A commonly used natural fiber is bamboo, which is hypoallergenic and eco-friendly as well.
Bamboo fabric has the durability of the actual plant and has a soft finish once manufactured. It is also mixed with spandex to create a high-quality fabric that is lightweight, stretchy and smooth.
The best part about bamboo is its highly absorbent properties. The fabric has great moisture management which is perfect for activewear.
All options boil down to purpose. Natural or recycled, the important thing is creating sustainable eco-friendly fabric for sportswear and other uses.
The “perfect fabric" depends on preference and purpose. Each material has its finer points when it comes to advantages. The goal is to encourage athletic teams, companies, and hobbyists to be more eco-conscious in choosing the right material.
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