Sustainably fashionable

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Nisthula Nagarajan

Published: Fri 8 Jan 2021, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 25 Sep 2021, 2:01 PM

Sustainable and ethical fashion has always been in. While being vegan and sustainable don’t necessarily go hand in hand, we are one step closer with plant-based apparel. Companies have used plant-based materials, creating garments that are kinder to the planet as well as to animals (including humans!).



If you’re a beginner to the world of vegan fashion, fear not! The vegan community in Dubai is extremely welcoming and the Internet has plenty of information so you can get all caught up. With ‘Veganuary’ taking hold, we put together some trends for the year to update your closet with a clear conscious.

PLANT-BASED ‘FUR’

Made partly of corn from the biofuel industry, its production uses significantly less energy and produces fewer greenhouse gases than that of traditional faux fur.

CACTUS LEATHER

Luxurious and long lasting, cactus leather is organic and partly biodegradable. It also saves water, as cacti don’t require irrigation.

VEGAN WOOL

Lightweight and soft, the material is made from rain-fed organic cotton blended with fibres from Calotropis, a desert plant with no need for water or pesticides.

BIODEGRADABLE LEATHER

With cutting-edge design, this full biodegradable material is supple, scratch-resistant and made by bonding together natural composites from agricultural waste.

BAMBOO SILK

This material is loved by eco-conscious designers for its softness, drape and naturally silky texture. Additionally, bamboo doesn’t require chemical fertiliser.


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