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What are sustainable yarns?

At Trendy Textiles we combine passion for textiles, crafts and sustainability. When selecting our yarn collections, sustainability is the main focus. We are constantly searching for yarns with the least possible impact on the environment. But how do you determine which products or Materials are better? Because textile yarns are made from different fiber types, it is very difficult to compare them.


How sustainable are for example cotton, bamboo and wool?


Cotton sounds very sustainable, because it is a natural product, biodegradable and made from renewable materials.

However, the large number of pesticides used in cotton cultivation are very bad for the environment and also for the cotton farmers.

The cotton plant also needs a lot of water. You could also use those large amounts of water to grow food.

Bamboo is often referred to as a sustainable alternative, because it requires little surface area to grow, and it also grows very quickly. However, making a fiber out of bamboo is not so easy, often a process is used at which harmful chemical are used.

The chemically processed bamboo fibers are made in the same way as viscose (Rayon). The bamboo is dissolved into a solution and mixed with chemicals. From that solution, fibers or filaments are drawn which are used to spin the yarn. The chemicals used in the production process cause a lot of hazardous waste.

Wool is often seen as bad for the environment because sheep emit a lot of methane gases that increase the greenhouse effect.

Also, many sheep are not treated animal-friendly, mulesing is a well-known problem. And sheep generally need a lot of ground surface to graze on, which of course is not efficient.

No wool so you would think. But don’t forget that some sheep graze on landscapes that are unsuitable for agriculture and that sheep are kept not only for wool but also for cheese or meat.

It is very difficult to compare all those different fibers for yarns. Fortunately, several methods have been developed, such as The Modint Fiber Matrix (MFM). This is a practical and easy-to-understand tool which guides designers, buyers and other decision makers in their process of making better material choices. A very important aspect of the MFM is that the rating of the fibres is based on a circular model.

The Modint Fiber Matrix

More info about the MFM

Trendy Textiles and sustainability

At Trendy Textiles we are constantly looking for sustainable yarns.
We prefer to use recycled materials, untreated materials (not colored),
locally produced and no synthetic materials.

Post consumer textile recycling

An example of post consumer textile recycling in the Netherlands is shown in this video.