Latest trends in sustainable fashion industry

Latest trends in sustainable fashion industry

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The year 2021 saw an increase in the recognition of the need to employ sustainability and eco-friendliness in all relevant sectors. The sustainable fashion industry is yielding to the concerns about its significance 10% contribution to global warming and greenhouse gas emission

Sustainable fashion is driven by the adoption of practices which make fashion less threatening to the environment. From the prevention of wastage in the textile industry to adoption of minimalism and the provision of long-lasting materials which are environmentally friendly and also safe for workers, here are five sustainable fashion trends to look out for in 2022.

Thrift fashion.

The rise of thrift fashion or the purchase of pre-loved clothing stems from the need to cut down on excessive expenses on clothing while promoting an anti-wastage culture. It is not uncommon to find that a lot of people who are a- list personalities, celebrities, huge income socialites or people in high-brow areas purchase clothing which is only used a few times and later discarded. Proponents of sustainable fashion have begun to fully embrace the purchase of thrift or second-hand clothes, discarding the notion that wearing thrift is downgrading one’s social status. Thrift markets are being flooded with customers and the numbers are expected to rise in the year 2022.

Minimalism and capsule wardrobes.

Gone are the times where people would purchase assorted clothing which would only be worn sparingly or occasionally. Leaving the end of the majority of these clothes in dumpsites. People are looking inwards into getting a minimalist closet to reduce the overconsumption and cut down on clothes junks.  This has caused the fashion industry and clothing manufacturers to respond by limiting the production of superfluous clothing and using more general colors to produce apparels, keeping it to the bare minimum.

Recycling and upcycling

Recycling is already a major trend in the fashion industry, what is relatively new is upcycling. This involves the transformation of old fabrics and utilizing them in the production of new clothing. It goes a long way to prevent wastage as materials which are no longer in use are repurposed for newer garments.


Owing to the recognition of the pattern in which most women only use clothing on specific occasions, after which they are not to be worn any longer, many fashion industries have begun to provide the option for rentals. This is mostly manifested in the provision of clothes on rent for special occasions such as weddings or prom. This is not only a cost-effective solution for consumers but also a way to preserve the environment.

Eco-friendly clothing

A lot of brands are investing in environmental protection campaigns by donating proceeds from the purchase of the eco-friendly clothing to carbon reducing projects. This is in conjunction with the use of biodegradable materials during manufacturing and also recycling of fabrics which leads to a reduction in the chemical treatment of and processing of materials. In 2022 we expect an increase in the use of plant-based and organic fabrics in manufacturing.

Sustainability fashion industry really is the way forward and it is gladdening to know that populations are taking the job upon themselves to protect the earth in any way possible. The year 2022 promises to be filled with more trends and operations in the fashion industry framed around eco-friendliness. In the long-term, this little effort from all spheres including the fashion industry would trickle down into providing a safer and more wholesome environment for living.

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