5 Natural Alternatives to Plastic Fibres

Updated: Oct 13

When you've got 8 million tons of plastic being dumped in the ocean every year, it can feel like a mammoth task to tackle...


One quick win is to switch to natural, more sustainable alternatives to plastic.


You've probably already got your stainless steel drink bottle, shampoo bars and ditched the straws - but what about your fabrics?


If you're anything like me, a day in the life could look like this: wake up, bare feet hit the floor, get dressed, head to yoga before work, then quick walk with the dog in the evening to wind down. Yes, it's pretty rock and roll.


Here's how you could live that day with some simple switches to wool - a natural, renewable fibre:


1. Bring the outside, in.

Plants, tick. Macrame wall hanging, tick. But what about your floor coverings? It's not the first thing to think of, but it's often the largest. And with synthetic carpets being highly flammable and giving off VOC's (volatile organic compounds) into your air, our homes can be 2-5x more polluted than outside! Check out a more natural alternative with Cavalier Bremworth and breathe easy.


2. Tootsies are toasty.

Wool socks are a must on any hike, but what about your day to day undies? Go all naturale (fibres, that is) with these wool-ternatives from Mons Royale.


3. Namaste, natural fibres.

Instead of rocking acrylic or lycra, which are made using fossil fuels, move to natural, head to toe. Check out Icebreaker and their range of form-fitting training gear.


4. "Werk, werk, werk" - but make it wool.

A better alternative to the classic cotton/polyester shirt, wool gives you the added benefit of crease-resistance, leaving you to sleep in that extra 10 minutes. Check out the Swanndri range for a fresh look.


5. Walk on the wild side.

Shoes are notorious for being made from plastics, or 'pleather' as you might know it (plastic leather). Thankfully, the smart people at Allbirds have solved this, using natural fibres like wool and tencel to create more sustainable options for your stroll about town. Find your favourite colour here.


And the even better news? All of these brands choose to use ethical, ZQ certified wool.


Written by Rhiannon James




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