As one of the most widely used materials in fashion production, cotton has a staple length, meaning it is constituted of many different, varying lengths of fibers, as opposed to a filament fiber, which presents continuous lengths.
Biodegradable materials are substances that are “able to decay naturally and without harming the environment”, according to the Cambridge dictionary. Made from the natural fibers of genus Gossypium, soft and fluffy cotton is definitely biodegradable, as the fibers can break down and decompose in the presence of microorganisms and weather conditions. Consequently, it turns into another natural material, such as carbon or water. Conveniently, the breakdown of cotton fibers can happen with oxygen (aerobic environment) or without oxygen (anaerobic environment). On average, it takes 5 to 7 months for cotton to decompose.
However, as cotton is massively produced in the fashion and textile industry, it can still harm the environment if produced in an unsustainable way, with the use of chemicals and pesticides. It is therefore of the utmost importance to solely support organic cotton production, as it is the most eco-friendly form of cotton out there.
Now that you know a bit more about cotton, glance at our SS21 collection of biodegradable cotton sundresses for an eco-friendly and fashionable summer!
There are three brands on our platform that stood out in producing biodegradable, cotton sundresses. The first one is Bibico, a womenswear brand founded in London in 2008. Their work and life philosophy rely on the respect of mother Earth, as they only use organic cotton or wool in their production, and design timeless pieces, which effectively limits their number of collections per year. Their “back to basics” approach translates into their simple yet high quality designs, such as seen in their stunning