Thursday, 8 October 2020

Sustainable Fabrics: Lyocell

Today's blog post will focus on one of the most sustainable options which you can find on the market for fabrics. We will be talking about Lyocell. 
Lyocell, might sound like a brand name to you but actually it is a specific form of textile, for example, linen or cotton. Usually, each producer has their own version and name of this material but all of them have something in common. The main thing is that they are made from pulp and are biodegradable. We will be talking more about the production later. A way that you can tell if the fabric is lyocell is by looking at the name. If it ends on '-cel' then it should produced in the same way as lyocell . For example, one of the firms which produces this type of fabric is the company Lenzing, a well established Australian leader in the industry of cloths. Their version of this product is called Tencel ®️. 
When you touch lyocell, it is very soft and there is definitely a luxurious feel to it. It can be compared to rayon which is a viscose fiber, too.  But it is not as environmentally friendly due to the way it is being produced. The chemicals of rayon cause a lot of harm both to the workers and the environment. The big difference between them is the production process.
Interestingly, the main part of the production of lyocell, is wood. It is labelled as a pulp fabric that is made from cellulose (which is involved in the process of paper making, as well). The plant that is used predominantly for this fabric is  eucalyptus. The great thing about this plant is that it grows back very quickly after it has been cut. However, the controversy with this fabric is that in some of the countries which it has been produced, there is an extensive use of fossil fuels in the harvesting process. So in order for it to be truly sustainable, the sourse which we are buying from needs scrutiny.
The material is great for active wear and lounge wear too. It is very breathable and it is quite absorbent for both smells and sweat. In comparison to cotton, it feels way more easy on the skin and is very light. Plus, because of its properties, you don't need to wash it as often. A simple black t-shirt like this one can be used both for the gym and more classic outfits. Thie is a win-win- for your wardrobe and for the environment.
This outfit is very simple but I love how the gold in the bag, is the element standing out. Usually, it is not my style to wear only black but recently I started to like more minimalistic outfits like this one. It is very easy to style and you don't need a lot to put a good look together. 
The other part of the outfit is this black bag with gold. The great thing with it is that you can never go wrong with a classic vintage Yves Saint Laurent model. I found it about a year ago in a tiny thrift shop. One of the exciting things about shopping second hand is that you never know what are you going to find. The braclet was given to me by one of my friends as she didn't want it anymore. So, me being the girl who always tries to save everything from the dumpster, I decided to 'adopt' it. And it has ended up being one of my favourite accessories from my jewellery collection.
The other items from this outfit are:
▪️Jeans: Espada, thrifted 
▪️Sneakers: Juicy Couture, a present from my mom, gifted about three years ago.


This is all from me today. 
Lots of kisses,
Kristina xx



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