Fashion / Fashion Feature

The Art of a Circular Economy: 5 eco-friendly brands that should be on your radar

In partnership with Thai Trade Centre, Sydney


 

When it comes to sustainable fashion, the team at RUSSH always have our eyes open for eco-friendly brands doing their part to minimise their environmental impact. Whether it's by reducing their use of diminishing resources, creating products that are biodegradable or reusing materials that already exist, these actions speak volumes. All of these methods are part of a much needed fashion "system change" like Greta Thunberg called for in her recent interview with Vogue. And in light of the United Nation's sobering IPCC climate change report, that system change could not come any sooner.

As climate change is a global issue, it makes sense to check out the different ways countries overseas have committed themselves to climate action. Our neighbours in Thailand have devoted themselves to green manufacturing as part of the Bio-Circular-Green Economy plan introduced by the Thai Government underpinning Thailand 4.0 policy. In this new agenda, sustainability comes first. So we're spotlighting the Thai designers and fabric-makers paving the way for eco-friendly design. For more information please contact the Office of Lifestyle Product Trade Promotion, Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand.

 

Thai Taffeta

Thai Taffeta cherishes the original hue of its materials. Natural and synthetic fibres blend together for a creamy, neutral result — perfect for your resort wardrobe. This allows the Bangkok-based fabric manufacturer to steer clear of all dyeing processes when crafting its textiles. A decision that minimises the amount of water, energy and toxic dyes involved in their craft.

 

Leaf Creation

When we talk about a circular economy, we are referring to the ways we can reduce waste, extend the life of our resources and repurpose materials that already exist. Leaf Creation embodies this notion by constructing garments from Tong Tung leaf waste. The leaves are collected, dried and then coated with rubber to create a leather-like effect. From here, the plant-based material can be used across various types of clothing for a durable, vegan-friendly alternative to leather.

 

Saeng Charoen Grand

For those whose dressing sensibilities are more casual-oriented, Saeng Charoen Grand have dedicated their range to you. Weaving together 100% raw, recycled materials, the company eschews hazardous dye and excessive use of water to create textiles that are kind to the environment. This manifests into polo shirts and floor length tunics in grey marle, navy and black.

 

Compas Company

Compas Company breathe new life into old clothes. Taking pin-striped and chambray business shirts, they reconstruct them into wide-legged culottes and button-up dresses with oversized cuffs. Through batik, the garments are decorated with thoughtfully placed palm fronds and spirals.

 

Thai Num Choke Textile Company

Thai Num Choke Textile Company save unused silk scraps and marry them with natural fibres like kapok and hemp, to create materials that are soft and buttery. They've translated this into loose, calf-length dresses and light-weight spring coats. Traditional indigo-dyeing techniques have been employed to create the oatmeal-flecked-with-rust palette.

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