Environmentally friendly technical clothing for sports, beach and hiking.

In fact, in recent years, the ecological textile sector has experimented and put on the market a large number of fabrics of different origins with unique technical characteristics and high performance. These innovative fabrics have been used in various sectors, and wanting to stay in the apparel sector, the most interesting application is certainly in the packaging of technical apparel for sports and hiking. It is actually interesting to understand the development of environmentally sustainable fashion which has thus achieved unimaginable goals until just a few years ago.

The choice of eco and recycled clothing, today, is really plenty, and we must thank those who believed in and invested in them if all of this was no longer a dream.

Let’s see briefly some of these fabrics:

modal and tencel: Fibers obtained primarily from beech and eucalyptus wood through environmentally sustainable closed cycle processes. These fabrics are made by an Austrian company lenzing, which received the “European ECO-Label” award. The fabric is smooth, soft and elastic with a high hygroscopicity that is able to leave the skin dry even during physical activity. So it is especially suitable for packaging intimate Clothes that remain in contact with the skin are like Tops, leggings, T-shirts, for use in yoga, gymnastics, and Pilates, but also on the beach as an alternative to synthetic swimwear.

recycled pets: Huge amounts of plastic bottles are thrown into the trash every day and often into the environment leading to a real environmental disaster. It can be obtained from PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) Water Resistant Fabrics Perfect for making Sports and hiking jackets but also backpacks, bags and swimwear. Recycled PET can contribute to a circular economy and reuse, but to ensure the seriousness and reliability of recycling, it is best to have certificates attesting to the correctness and sustainability of the process, such as Waste2Wear and bluesign®.

Econil®: is a topic Regenerated nylon from abandoned fishing nets In the oceans or from aquaculture, landfill waste, textile waste and mats. In this way, tons of waste are given new life and textile fibers with properties similar to virgin nylon are obtained, thus ideal for creating items such as Swimwear, waterproof clothing and outdoor sportswear. ECONYL® can be renewed and reshaped indefinitely, allowing you to create new products without using new resources and above all to reduce their impact on global warming potential by 80% compared to common petroleum-based nylon.

BIOPILE (Pontetorto Bio)In the latest news, here’s an Italian company that makes Biopile, the first woolen fabric that does not emit dangerous microfibers during washing, and thus represents a solution to the pollution of rivers, lakes and seas. The fleece interior is not made of polyester as in traditional fleece, but is made from a blend of natural fibers that are biodegradable, even in seawater, that degrades without leaving residue in less than 90 days. The fabric obtained in this way finds application in the production of wool, with which jackets, hats and other accessories with high thermal insulation and ventilation are made.

It is certainly still difficult to find environmentally sustainable sportswear in traditional sports stores, and large clothing brands, compared to advertising claims, often offer clothes that contain only a fraction of recycled materials.

If you want to make a safe choice, you can find a good offer online on the portal www.altramoda.net Where to find a carefully curated selection of ecological products for women and for men To try it while doing sports and hiking activities.

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by Sergio Tonon

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