Much as they’re trumpeted by so-called eco-designers, plant-based alternatives to cotton are a minuscule piece of the fashion puzzle. Dwarfed by cotton and synthetics such as polyester, spandex and rayon, textiles made from flax, wood pulp, hemp and bamboo make up less than 2% of the market. But that percentage is growing due to consumer and corporate demand, as well as technological advancements that make natural fibers easier to transform into wearable fabrics.
One of the more promising developments in sustainable textiles is flax, a stalky and fibrous plant that can be grown with far less water and fewer pesticides than cotton and produced at a lower price. While cotton is cultivated on 12.6 million U.S. acres, flax is currently grown on just 2 million acres of U.S. and Canadian farmland. Most flax is produced for its grain, which is turned into food. But its fiber can also be transformed into materials that look and feel similar to cotton. As a textile, it’s incorporated into 1.1% of U.S. garments and most commonly used in linen.
Along with the fibers listed in the article such as bamboo and tencel, we not only carry these items but have an array of fibers ranging from recycled poly, modal, modal/cotton blends, soy, and more. Please contact our sales team at 310-886-7700 ext 15 for more information on the fabrics we manufacture using these sustainable fibers.