by Kal Kalim

Sustainability meets Style: An introduction to Sustainable Fabrics

Sustainability meets Style: An introduction to Sustainable Fabrics ...
UNMODA: Sustainability meets Style

Sustainability meets Style: An introduction to Sustainable Fabrics

Welcome to the world of UNMODA, where sustainability meets style in every stitch. As a leading advocate for ethical fashion, UNMODA is dedicated to making a difference in the fashion industry by championing sustainable initiatives and embracing eco-friendly practices. In this blog, we will take you on a journey through the basics of sustainable fashion as we understand it, exploring the fabrics that define our collections and the values that drive our mission.


UNMODA: Transforming the Streetwear Fashion Industry

As consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental and social impacts of their clothing choices, the demand for sustainable fabrics is increasing. From organic cotton to recycled polyester, these eco-friendly materials are greatly reshaping the fashion industry.


At the heart of this transformation lies the recognition of the importance of sustainable fabrics. These fabrics offer a variety of benefits that extend far beyond their aesthetic appeal. 


1. Environmental Impact:

One of the most compelling reasons for the adoption of sustainable fabrics is their reduced environmental footprint. Traditional fabrics like conventional cotton and polyester are notorious for their heavy reliance on water, pesticides and fossil fuels. In contrast, sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp and Tencel/Lyocell utilise eco-friendly farming practices, minimise chemical inputs and conserve resources. By choosing these materials, fashion brands can significantly mitigate their environmental impact, helping to combat issues like water scarcity, deforestation and pollution.


2. Circular Economy:

Sustainable fabrics play a pivotal role in advancing the concept of a circular economy within the fashion industry. Through initiatives like textile recycling and up-cycling, materials like recycled polyester and recycled cotton breathe new life into discarded garments and textile waste. By closing the loop and prolonging the lifespan of textiles, these fabrics contribute to the reduction of waste in landfills and the conservation of valuable resources. Moreover, they offer brands the opportunity to align with consumers' growing preference for circular and zero-waste fashion solutions.


3. Social Responsibility:

Beyond their environmental benefits, sustainable fabrics also uphold principles of social responsibility and ethical production. Many of these materials, such as organic cotton and Tencel/Lyocell, are certified by reputable organisations like the Global Organic Textile Standard, Better Cotton Initiative & Textile Exchange, ensuring compliance with stringent social and labor standards. By prioritising these fabrics, fashion brands can support fair labor practices, empower local communities, and promote transparency and accountability throughout their supply chains.


4. Innovation and Creativity:

The adoption of sustainable fabrics has sparked a wave of innovation and creativity within the fashion industry. Designers and manufacturers are exploring new techniques and technologies to maximise the potential of these materials, resulting in a diverse array of eco-friendly textiles with unique properties and applications. From performance-driven fabrics like recycled polyester to luxurious alternatives like modal and bamboo, the possibilities are endless. This spirit of innovation not only drives sustainability forward but also challenges conventional notions of fashion, paving the way for a more diverse and inclusive industry.


5. Consumer Demand:

Perhaps the most significant driving force behind the rise of sustainable fabrics is consumer demand. Today's consumers are more informed and conscious than ever before, prioritising values like sustainability, ethics and transparency in their purchasing decisions. As a result, fashion brands are under increasing pressure to offer eco-friendly alternatives and adopt sustainable practices throughout their operations. By switching over to sustainable fabrics, brands can cater to this growing demand, enhance their brand reputation and create long-term customer loyalty.


An Introduction to Sustainable Fabrics

Sustainable fabrics are not just a trend but a fundamental shift in the fashion industry towards a more responsible and resilient future. By prioritising these materials, brands can minimise their environmental impact, promote social responsibility, encourage innovation and meet the evolving needs and expectations of consumers. As we continue to embrace sustainability as a guiding principle, sustainable fabrics will undoubtedly play a central role in shaping the fashion industry for generations to come.


At UNMODA, sustainability isn't just a buzzword – it's a way of life. 


Welcome to the UNMODA sustainable revolution – where fashion meets a greener future.

From the cultivation of raw materials to the manufacturing process and beyond, we prioritise eco-conscious practices at every turn. Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in the fabrics we choose for our collections, each selected with meticulous care and consideration for its environmental impact.

Organic cotton, recycled polyester, hemp and Tencel/Lyocell are just a few examples of the eco-friendly materials that grace our garments. These fabrics not only offer superior quality and style but also embody our dedication to reducing waste, conserving resources and promoting ethical production.

Together, let's unravel the threads of sustainability and fashion, weaving a narrative of conscious consumption and positive change into the world of sustainable fabrics exploring their origins, features, benefits and certifications


Let's explore the world of sustainable fabrics and discover how each one contributes to a brighter, greener future.


1. Organic Cotton:

With growing consumer demand, organic cotton is poised to revolutionise the fashion industry, paving the way for a more sustainable cotton production.

Source: Grown using organic farming methods without synthetic pesticides or fertilisers, organic cotton promotes soil health and biodiversity.

Features: Soft, breathable and hypoallergenic, organic cotton offers comfort without compromising on style.

Benefits: Reduces water consumption, protects farmers' health and minimises environmental impact.

Certifications to look for: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Organic Content Standard (OCS)


2. Hemp:

Hemp's versatility extends beyond clothing to textiles, construction materials and even biofuels, making it a promising contender in the quest for sustainable alternatives.

Source: Derived from the hemp plant, a resilient and fast-growing crop that requires minimal water and no pesticides.

Features: Strong, durable, and naturally resistant to mould and UV rays, hemp fabric offers longevity and versatility.

Benefits: Promotes soil health, conserves water and reduces carbon footprint.

Certifications to look for: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Textile Exchange Organic Content Standard (OCS)


3. Tencel/Lyocell:

Tencel/Lyocell's eco-friendly properties position it as a frontrunner in sustainable fashion with applications ranging from casual wear to high-end fashion.

Source: Made from sustainably sourced wood pulp, typically from eucalyptus trees, using a closed-loop production process that recycles solvents.

Features: Silky smooth, breathable and moisture-wicking, Tencel/Lyocell fabric drapes elegantly and feels luxurious against the skin.

Benefits: Requires less water and energy than conventional textiles, biodegradable and minimises environmental impact.

Certifications to look for: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)


4. Bamboo:

Bamboo's versatility and sustainability make it a promising contender in the textile industry with innovations in fabric blends and manufacturing processes driving its future growth.

Source: Derived from bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource that requires minimal water and no pesticides to grow.

Features: Soft, breathable and naturally antibacterial, bamboo fabric offers comfort and functionality.

Benefits: Regenerates quickly, absorbs carbon dioxide and enhances soil health.

Certifications to look for: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)


5. Recycled Cotton:

With advancements in recycling technology and increased consumer demand for sustainable options, recycled cotton is poised to revolutionise the circular economy of textiles.

Source: Repurposed from post-industrial or post-consumer cotton waste, giving new life to discarded garments and textile scraps.

Features: Similar to conventional cotton in terms of softness and breathability, recycled cotton fabric reduces the need for virgin cotton production.

Benefits: Reduces textile waste, conserves water and energy, and mitigates environmental impact.

Certifications to look for: Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)


6. Recycled Polyester:

As awareness of plastic pollution grows, recycled polyester is poised to become a staple in sustainable fashion, offering a solution to the textile industry's waste problem.

Source: Created from post-consumer PET bottles or recycled polyester garments, diverting plastic waste from landfills and oceans.

Features: Durable, lightweight and quick-drying, recycled polyester fabric offers performance without compromising sustainability.

Benefits: Reduces plastic pollution, conserves energy and minimises dependence on virgin resources.

Certifications to look for: Global Recycled Standard (GRS), Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)


7. Modal:

Modal's eco-friendly properties and versatility position it as a sought-after fabric in the fashion industry, with applications ranging from lingerie to activewear.

Source: Made from beech tree pulp using an eco-friendly production process that minimises waste and emissions.

Features: Silky smooth, lightweight and breathable, modal fabric offers luxurious comfort and drapes beautifully.

Benefits: Requires less water and land than cotton, biodegradable, and enhances soil health.

Certifications to look for: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)


Let's remember that every garment we choose has the power to shape a more sustainable future. By embracing eco-chic fashion and opting for garments crafted from these sustainable fabrics, we not only express our style but also contribute to a world where fashion and sustainability coexist harmoniously.


Here are some other sustainable fabrics that are being used in the fashion industry:



Derived from the flax plant, linen is known for its durability, breathability and natural texture. It requires minimal water and pesticides to grow, making it a sustainable choice for clothing and home textiles.



Sourced from sheep, wool is a renewable and biodegradable fibre that offers warmth, insulation and moisture-wicking properties. Sustainable wool production practices prioritise animal welfare and environmental stewardship.



Silk is produced by silkworms and is known for its luxurious texture and sheen. Sustainable silk production methods, such as peace silk or cruelty-free silk, prioritise the well-being of silkworms and minimise environmental impact.


Cork Fabric: 

Cork fabric is made from the bark of cork oak trees, harvested in a sustainable manner without harming the trees. It is lightweight, waterproof and vegan-friendly, making it an eco-friendly alternative to leather.


Pineapple Leather (Piñatex): 

Piñatex is a sustainable alternative to leather made from pineapple leaf fibres, a byproduct of the pineapple industry. It is cruelty-free, biodegradable, and supports rural communities in tropical regions.


As consumer demand for ethical and eco-friendly products continues to grow, we can expect to see even more innovative and sustainable materials enter the market in the future.



Frequently Asked Questions:


1. What are sustainable fabrics, and why are they important?

Sustainable fabrics are those produced using eco-friendly practices and materials, minimising environmental impact. At UNMODA, we prioritise sustainable fabrics to reduce our ecological footprint and promote a greener fashion industry, demonstrating our commitment to environmental stewardship.


2. How do sustainable fabrics differ from conventional ones?

Sustainable fabrics are sourced and manufactured using environmentally friendly methods, such as organic farming and eco-conscious production processes. At UNMODA, we avoid harmful chemicals and prioritise renewable resources, offering customers clothing that aligns with their values and supports a more sustainable future.


3. What makes UNMODA different from other fashion brands?

UNMODA stands out for its commitment to sustainability and ethical practices. From sourcing eco-friendly materials to supporting fair-trade production, UNMODA has prioritised environmental and social responsibility in every aspect of its operations since its inception.


4. What are some examples of sustainable fabrics used by UNMODA?

UNMODA utilizes a variety of sustainable fabrics, including organic cotton, recycled polyester and TENCEL™ lyocell. These materials are chosen for their minimal environmental impact and ethical production practices, reflecting our dedication to sustainable fashion innovation and responsible sourcing.


5. How does UNMODA ensure the sustainability of its fabrics?

UNMODA carefully selects fabrics certified by reputable organisations like GOTS and GRS, ensuring they meet stringent sustainability criteria. Additionally, we prioritise transparency in our supply chain, tracing the origins of our fabrics to promote accountability and ethical sourcing practices.


6. Are sustainable fabrics as durable and comfortable as conventional ones?

Yes, sustainable fabrics can be just as durable and comfortable as conventional ones, if not more so. At UNMODA, we prioritise quality and craftsmanship in our sustainable garments, ensuring they meet high standards of comfort, durability and style.


7. Do sustainable fabrics cost more than conventional ones?

While sustainable fabrics may have a slightly higher upfront cost due to their eco-friendly production methods, they offer long-term benefits and value. At UNMODA, we strive to make sustainable fashion accessible by offering quality, ethically made clothing at the right prices demonstrating our commitment to affordability and sustainability.


8. How does UNMODA contribute to the advancement of sustainable fashion?

UNMODA leads by example, prioritising sustainable materials, ethical production processes and transparency in our supply chain. Through innovative design and a commitment to environmental stewardship, we aim to inspire positive change in the fashion industry and pave the way for a more sustainable future.


9. Can customers recycle UNMODA clothing made from sustainable fabrics?

Yes, UNMODA clothing made from sustainable fabrics is often recyclable or biodegradable, contributing to a circular economy. By encouraging customers to recycle or responsibly dispose of their clothing, we minimise waste and promote sustainable consumption habits aligning with our commitment to environmental responsibility.


10. How does UNMODA ensure the transparency and traceability of its supply chain?

Transparency and traceability are paramount to UNMODA's commitment to sustainability. We work closely with our suppliers and manufacturing partners to ensure full visibility into our supply chain. We conduct regular audits and inspections to verify compliance with our ethical and environmental standards. Additionally, we leverage technology and data analytics to track the journey of our products from raw materials to the finished garment providing customers with peace of mind and confidence in their purchase.


11. Are UNMODA's fabrics really sustainable?

Yes, absolutely. UNMODA uses GOTS certified organic cotton, hemp, Tencel, bamboo and recycled polyester in its clothing. These materials are carefully chosen for their minimal environmental impact, ensuring that each garment is both stylish and sustainable.


12. How does UNMODA ensure fair-trade practices?

UNMODA partners with manufacturers and suppliers who uphold fair-trade standards, ensuring that workers are paid fair wages and provided with safe working conditions. By prioritising ethical production, UNMODA supports the livelihoods of artisans and promotes social equity within the fashion industry.


13. What is GOTS certification and why is it important?

GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification ensures that textiles are produced using organic fibres and meet strict environmental and social criteria throughout the supply chain. This certification guarantees that UNMODA's clothing is made with sustainable materials and ethical practices, providing transparency and trust to consumers.


14. How does UNMODA contribute to reducing carbon emissions?

By using sustainable materials, implementing eco-friendly production processes and prioritising ethical sourcing, UNMODA significantly reduces its carbon footprint compared to conventional fashion brands. Additionally, UNMODA invests in carbon offset programs to further mitigate its environmental impact.


15. Are UNMODA's products affordable?

Yes, we strive to offer high-quality, sustainable fashion at accessible price points. By prioritising efficiency and ethical sourcing, UNMODA minimises production costs without compromising on quality, making eco-friendly fashion more affordable for consumers. The prices however should not be compared with fast fashion labels. 


16. Where are UNMODA's products made?

UNMODA's products are manufactured in our own facility located in India. Our manufacturing division is known for its expertise in sustainable and ethical production across the world, and makes sustainable clothing for many Australian, European & Australian brands. 


17. How does UNMODA incorporate sustainability into its designs?

UNMODA integrates sustainability into its designs by prioritising timeless styles, durable materials and versatile pieces that can be worn season after season. By focusing on longevity and quality, UNMODA encourages mindful consumption and reduces fashion waste.


18. Can UNMODA's clothing be recycled or composted?

Yes, many of UNMODA's garments are made from natural and biodegradable materials like organic cotton, hemp and Tencel, which can be composted at the end of their lifecycle.


19. Does UNMODA offer size-inclusive options?

Yes, UNMODA is committed to inclusivity and offers a range of sizes to accommodate diverse body types. By prioritising size inclusivity, UNMODA ensures that everyone can access and enjoy sustainable fashion regardless of their shape or size.


20. How does UNMODA promote transparency and accountability?

UNMODA believes in transparency and regularly communicates with customers about its sustainability initiatives, ethical practices, and supply chain transparency. Through detailed product information, certifications and annual sustainability reports, we have built trust and accountability with our audience.


21. What impact do sustainable fabrics have on the environment?

Sustainable fabrics help reduce environmental pollution, conserve natural resources and support biodiversity. By choosing sustainable fabrics, customers can minimise their ecological footprint and contribute to a healthier planet. UNMODA's use of sustainable fabrics reflects our dedication to environmental conservation and responsible fashion practices.