SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND DEFINITIONS GUIDE A-Z

At Aequem, we are passionate about Sustainable Fashion. To understand whether a material is truly sustainable, we must look at the material's lifespan – cradle to grave. This means considering sourcing and farming, production in factories, product use, and disposal. We believe that sustainability comes in all shapes and forms, so like your favourite Organic Cotton  t-shirt, one size does not fit all. The industry is adapting and developing at an unprecedented speed, providing solutions to reduce the environmental impact of products and creating new materials. Just in the last couple of years we have seen products being created from the least expected ingredients. Who would have imagined you would be able to Leather out of Apples and Pineapples! 

         

With all this innovation it can be hard to keep up and to make decisions about what a sustainable product looks like nowadays. This is why we created this A-Z, to help you navigate the different materials, certifications & terms used when talking about Sustainability in the Fashion Industry.

 Read our guide to understand how you can shop more consciously!

Abaca Alpaca 

B 

Bamboo / Banana Fibres

C

Cashmere/ Castor Beans Oil / Coreva™ / Organic Cotton / Organic Corn Fibres

Econyl  

Grape Leather

GOTS Certifications / GRS Certification

Hemp / Hevea Milk 

K

Kapok Fibers- PYRATEX® Musa 

 

LatexApple LeatherCactus LeatherFish LeatherKombucha Leather / Mushroom LeatherPineapple LeatherOrganic Linen / Lyocell

M

Mango Leather

 N

Nettle 

O

OffcutsOrange Fibre / OCS Certification (Organic Content Standard)

 

 Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) / Recycled FabricsRubber

S

S.CafeSeaCellBanana SylkOrganic Silk Peace Silk / Sugarcane Fibres (Bagasse) / Microfibre Suede

T

Tencel

U

Upcycled Fabrics

V

Vegetable Tanned LeatherVitadylan

W

Wool