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Sustainable fashion gains momentum

Sustainable fashion is not just disrupting conventional notions about fashion but also drastically changing the way we live. Sustainable fashion started off with a few entrepreneurs globally looking at ways to reduce waste while designing apparel and then slowly took the form of an approach that designers or consumers, for that matter, decided to abide by. It is about being conscious of the environment and the resources at hand, and making clothes in an eco-friendly manner.

Recycling/upcycling of garments as opposed to purchasing newly produced clothes also forms part of making sustainable fashion choices. Environmentally-unfriendly behavior costs the global economy 160 billion dollars each year, which makes it all the more imperative for garment manufacturers and consumers to make conscious choices while styling.

Among the latest trends in sustainable fashion are cutting waste and saving animals to creating sustainable fashion fibers and vegan biodegradable leather. Peru-based Le Qara has come up with Lab Leather, which is formed using microorganisms derived from flowers and fruits grown in a biotech lab. The process makes it possible to ape any desired leather texture and is 100 per cent biodegradable. Another technology offers an ID which can be attached to the garments so that consumers know what they are buying and how they can best recycle the item once they no longer want to wear it.