The Secrets to Sustainable Knitwear This Winter
It's the 1st of December and Winter is officially here(mini scream)! Whilst our minds are turning to cosy jumpers, warm turtle-necks and slouchy sweaters; we're all looking for the trendiest knitwear to keep us snug for the next few months, but let's not forget about sustainability.
There are a few topics to consider when purchasing your new wardrobe of knitwear for 2019/2020 Winter, including animal welfare, the type of fibres you're buying and transitional over seasonal.
Let's start with animal welfare, a topic close to my heart and something I feel pretty strong about. Think about where your fibres are coming from and if they're responsibly sourced. Be aware that a lot of brands source fibres like wool from manufacturers who don't stand against mulesing. Purchase from brands that display the Responsible Wool Standard, this makes sure that the products made from the raw materials are safe, responsible and nothing has faced pain or harm in the process.
Moving onto the type of fibres, some come with bigger environmental-disruption price tags than others, for example cashmere - a much loved winter fabric but not many people know that it has a huge link to overgrazing. Fabrics like soy silk and alpaca wool are much better alternatives.
Transitional garments : probably one of my favourite fashion sectors, in two ways - practicability and sustainability. For one, transitional garments can be worn all year round, so select wool blends or Morino wool for a lighter jumper, one that can be layered in the winter or worn on its own for Spring. Kick back against fast fashion and let's establish wardrobes that can be worn for longer, through all seasons and not be 'binned' a few months down the line - very unsustainable!
Finally, just the general day to day caring of your knitwear, wether that be your everyday chunky knit or your favourite going out jumper; wool like materials tend to be naturally odour resistant, meaning you don't technically have to wash it post every wear. A simple spritz of perfume can revitalise your knitwear for another wear, increasing its natural lifespan and reducing the amount of washes, detergent and fibres released into the environment.