Knitting A Sustainable World
Sustainability – it’s on everyone’s lips these days. If you wonder why making eco-friendly and sustainable fashion choices is not only a hot topic, but also a crucial aspect for our planet, here are some hard facts:
- 93 billion cubic meters of water are used every year in the fashion industry. This is the equivalent of the consumption needs of 5 million people;
- The fashion industry emits more global carbon emissions than the flight and maritime shipping industries combined;
- 40% of the fashion purchases are never used in some regions.
It’s time that the knitting community proves its power!
Knitting can be a sustainable alternative to the hectic shopping habits and impulse consumerism that today’s society is responsible for. Sustainable knitting or crocheting is not only possible, but even better, it’s cost effective and you’ll make ecological fashion decisions.
Let’s make an imagination exercise. A knitted sweater will take you up to one week to finish, or even more if you’re a knitting beginner. The cost of it will surge to $90. So how could brands make ethical decisions and implement sustainable tactics into their business if they manufacture massive amounts of knitwear in less than 7 days at a cost of under $20?
Ethics and sustainability don’t always mean the same. A sustainable knitting brand can be careful with its dyeing colors and use sustainable bamboo yarns, but underpay its employees and make them work in unsafe conditions.
If you want to make a difference and contribute to a green fashion industry, here are some tips to make your knitting practices sustainable:
1. Knit Your Clothing
Whether we’re talking about a knitted dress, a knitted sweater or any knitted garment, opting to use your own knitting supplies and getting to action will make an impact on the sustainable fashion scale.
You’ll leave behind the urge to shop trendy yet unpractical clothes, that you’ll only wear once and then leave it in the dark corner of a drawer. Not to mention that you’ll take more care of something that you made from scratch.
2. Choose Sustainable Knitting Yarns
An ecologically friendly yarn will work wonders for your sustainably knitted project. Depending on the knitting patterns and designs, there are plenty of knitting yarn options, such as: organic bamboo, Tencel, silk, organic cotton or upcycled fibers. Try to stay away from polyester, nylon, acrylic or synthetic dyes, since these are harmful to the environment.
For example, House of Pumpkin uses yarns from Wool and the Gang, offering pre-consumer waste fibers, sustainably sourced wool, upcycled yarns, with a focus on eco-friendly sustainable fibers.
3. Recycle Your Knit Clothing
Making a shift and choosing the eco-friendly lifestyle is totally achievable with knitting. If you’ve just discovered knitting and you’re a noob at stitching and cast-on, you can still become fully sustainable with your knitwear.
Perhaps you have some yarn left from a previous knitwear piece. Why not incorporate it into the new knitted sweater that you work on? You can also do so with any knitwear that doesn’t fit right anymore or that you don’t like as much. Unravel it and use the yarn for a new and exciting knit piece.
Knitting is a gift that keeps on giving. When you knit, you get a sense of satisfaction and pride for the finished knitting product. But it offers even more than this.
It gives you the chance to hop on the slow-fashion wagon and start creating your own eco-friendly sustainable knitwear. You’ll love it more than any designer piece. It has your signature on it and it saves the planet. Kudos to you, knitter!