Conversations regarding the negative implications of fast fashion on our planet are changing the way we shop. How we can shop and wear more sustainable clothing is becoming a key question in the fashion industry today. Some of you may have joined in on Second-Hand September whilst brands on the high street, such as H&M have created a Conscious Collection to get us thinking about what we buy.
Extinction Rebellion and the work of the climate youth movement have ensured the climate emergency has made the headlines and kept us talking about our planet and the ways in which we can help create a sustainable future. We, here at Iggy & Burt want to continue the conversation through what we do best- knitwear!
We are here to help you get clued up on the types of natural knitwear out there and why it is sustainable.
Lambswool makes for the perfect chunky knit jumper as it is sure to keep you warm and feeling extra soft this autumn. Lambswool is a strong alternative to synthetic wool and doesn’t hold the large price tag that cashmere tends to have. Lambswool is also known to hold its shape really well which means you are sure to get a lot of washes and wear from it.
As a natural fibre, cotton makes durable, soft and breathable knitwear. Cotton is also a lot cheaper than Lambswool and Merino wool, making it a brilliant natural alternative on a budget.
You may think linen summons up thoughts of summer and usually takes on the shape of some floaty cream trousers. But there are some beautiful jumpers, knitted dresses and cardigans made from linen that will keep you cosy in the winter months. Linen is an incredibly strong fibre made from the Flax plant. The flax plant is rather easy to grow making and so little energy is needed to make linen. As a natural fibre linen is also breathable and helps to keep odours at bay.
As you can imagine, Alpaca wool is insanely soft and is lighter to wear than sheep’s wool. Alpaca hair does take a long while to grow and demand means it does come with a high price. But if you’re going natural and want to treat yourself, Alpaca makes a beautiful alternative to buying synthetic knitwear.