Sustainable Fashion Roadmap: Low Water Use Fibers

When thinking about low water use fibers, have you considered the use of hemp, linen, or wool?

At the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, we offer the Sustainable Fashion Roadmap Tool, an extensive online resource for exploring and integrating sustainable strategies to answer questions like this.

When looking at low water use fibers, our roadmap tool will help you consider ways to minimize a fiber’s water input by curbing heavy water consumption in the raw materials, processing, and consumer use phases, picking out textiles that require low amounts of water to create (hemp, linen, and wool) because they require no artificial irrigation if placed in the correct conditions.

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As a designer considering low water use fibers as part of your design, have you considered:

  • Consider the source of your fabrics – is it possible to trace whether they have come from a responsibly irrigated crop?
  • Have you considered the use of naturally low water fibers, such as hemp, linen, or wool?
  • Have you considered the amount of water in the dyeing and processing of your garment? Is a lower water use process possible?
  • Find out what sort of effluents are released by your dyeing and processing methods – is there a way to mitigate this through clever design decisions such as altering your color palette to include less harmful dyes?
  • Can you use fabrics that require less water in laundering?

Learn more about creating a longer lifespan for your clothing through our Sustainable Fashion Roadmap tool here.

Currently, the SFR tool is available exclusively to our members. Become a member today to get access!