MY STORY: I’ve been going through a lot lately and I eventually do want to share about it but I don’t feel quite ready to yet. On a lighter note, I want to discuss about specific fabrics that are known to be environmentally friendly. A while back, I put together a list of sustainable and unsustainable fabrics and facts about each of them. It has almost been a year since I created that, which also means I am a year more knowledgeable about sustainable fabrics after wearing them. At this point, I don't agree that all the sustainable fabrics on that list are actually sustainable and there are certain ones I don’t really enjoy wearing. These fabrics include bamboo and tencel. There are pros and cons to every fabric so you may or may not agree with me, but I will be sharing my opinion and personal experience with these fabrics.
To start off, when I first created the list, I was pretty open to trying all of the sustainable fabrics since they are all made from natural fibers. Perhaps it is in the chemical process of creating bamboo fabric that changed its nature, but I just didn’t find the material breathable as natural fabrics should be. In the thick of the summer heat, I was wearing bamboo fabrics and my skin suffered from it. It got to the point where I developed a rash, and it could be due to my skin, but when I wore cotton fabrics, it subsided. Even though bamboo is a very nice and soft fabric, I started to move away from them.
As for tencel, I mainly speak to woven tencel fabrics, rather than knit, since that is what I had experience with. I had read that tencel holds color dyes well but it just didn’t translate when I tried them. After 1 round of wash and dry, the color of my garment faded drastically. This happened with several pieces and that’s when I noticed they were all fabricated in tencel. Because of this, I don’t feel that woven tencel is necessarily a sustainable fabric since the color, and therefore the garment, doesn’t hold well over time. I would still be interested in trying knit tencel since I haven’t before. Have you tried any sustainable fabrics and had second thoughts about them? I would love to hear about your experience with them!
SERENITY WEST'S STORY: Serenity West, founded by Sandra McIntyre, is a women's clothing and bedding line designed and made in Vancouver, Canada. Sandra decided to start her brand when she, as an interior designer, was asked to create spaces that were serene and minimal with a west-coast aesthetic. She found it difficult to find quality products that were made in Canada, so she started designing her own bedding. Sandra was inspired by her love for textiles, specifically linen and decided to incorporate it into a collection of women’s clothing. Serenity West supports local and sustainable production ensuring to offer the highest quality goods.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAT HAN.