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The sustainable wardrobe: natural fabric selection.

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Having a sustainable wardrobe is no easy feat. Today we will look into the fabrics we choose and how they impact the quality of our clothes as well as the environment. Where do we start? I think we can start from understanding what fabrics we find in the shops, how they are made and what are the eco-friendly alternatives. This method will save you money and make you look your best. - while saving the planet - http://wonder-wardrobe.com/ Make the most of what you already have in your wardrobe (FREE CLASS): https://wonder-wardrobe.com/free-class Watch next episode about semisynthetic fabrics. http://wonder-wardrobe.com/blog/sustainable-wardrobe-wood-fabrics ★ Facebook: http://facebook.com/wonderwardrobecom ★ Instagram: http://instagram.com/dariaandronescu ★ Pinterest: https://de.pinterest.com/dariaandronescu/ Thank you for watching!
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J. J. (8 days ago)
You are really opening my eyes!!
Anda Habla English (1 month ago)
Well-researched & organized! Thanks!
Xomarah Dickison (1 month ago)
Hello Daria, I'm a bit of a fashionista with a slim buget but a good eye for quality and value. I have always loved fashion and enjoy it as a serious hobby. I would like to prepare a Fall-Winter board for pieces that I own and a few new ones that I will add for my new season capsule. I work in the medical industry, socialize with friends. How many items should I have in my capsule including bags. Also, I wear black, navy, gray and white. Can I add yellow or orange or will that look weird? Please help thank you!
Karl Craddock (1 month ago)
You are an amazing person I love you.
Patriot Jefferson (2 months ago)
I'm so glad I took the time to look at your channel to see what videos you had. I LOVE this video! I wish more designers chose NATURAL MATERIALS. Synthetics are basically made if chemicals, bad for environment & can easily melt or catch on fire, not safe.
Radhakrishnan S (2 months ago)
...very nice video. It helps) 🙏🙏
nabilling (2 months ago)
Thank you so much for sharing, I’m currently trying to grow my clothing label which I want it to be ecofriendly. I have a question tho. What about ramie fabric? Is it included as linen or different?
daniel ong (2 months ago)
I love natural fibers. can you tell me what your thoughts are on Rayon fibers? I know they've been using that practice on wood, bamboo and even hemp nowadays to make the fibers softer. How do you feel about them?
Daria Andronescu (2 months ago)
You can learn about Rayon fabric in this video: https://youtu.be/UypCBi4UCAc ;)
Review Junkies (3 months ago)
Thank you so much for this video !! I love the way you say natural !! It's so cute !!
Skye Aten (3 months ago)
This video should have more views! So useful 💕
LeePrestige (3 months ago)
Thank you!! What about camel hair? Is it as sustainable as alpaca?
Oliver Roxas (3 months ago)
This is so great. Thank you!
How We Do It (3 months ago)
Thank you for this wonderful informational video. I will soon be starting my sustainable fashion line and And am loving your content!!!
Daria Andronescu (3 months ago)
That sounds exciting! Good luck! ❤️
Komal Abad (3 months ago)
Also what if the natural fiber is 95% & 5% elastane? can it be recycled & is it biodegradable?
Komal Abad (3 months ago)
Hi! Daria! I love your videos they are very informative & precise ..just had a doubt.. what if the fabric is a blend of natural fibers? Is it sustainable & biodegradable then?
Komal Abad (3 months ago)
Daria Andronescu thanks .. please tell me what if natural fibre is 95% and 5% elastane? Can it be recycled and biodegradable?
Daria Andronescu (3 months ago)
A blend of natural materials is biodegradable but can’t be recycled, so I would say it’s more sustainable than a blend of synthetics.
Lorelei (4 months ago)
Hello, Daria. Have you by any chance heard of unconventional fibers such as nettle? I am very interested in natural fibers and theese seem to be most convenient. Thank you. Great video!
MELINA LOBO (4 months ago)
Thanks Daria, this video was very informative. I am trying to be more sustainable, and i know i need to start with my closet. and because i am not a Minimalist wardrobe kind, i thought it will be difficult. But its not, I got great tips from here!
Daria Andronescu (4 months ago)
Glad to hear that! It’s not difficult at all, it just takes time. You can’t just change your wardrobe in one day, so be patient ;)
Gitte Van de velde (4 months ago)
What about materials that are blended between natural materials? Grana has some items that are made of a blend of cotton and silk, while that can't be recycled, they are biodegradable?
Daria Andronescu (4 months ago)
Yes, they can’t be recycled but will biodegrade eventually
Jennifer (6 months ago)
Thank you for speaking about the environmental and abusive side of wool
Helena scribe (6 months ago)
Really helpful video. Helps me make good choices.
Daria Andronescu (6 months ago)
Yai! That’s great!
Brilliant thank you for your clear explanations, I am sharing this as we all need to think about our dwindling resources.
Harika Mahendra (10 months ago)
I am a sewist and I decided that I will keep the use of synthetic fibres to a minimum and this video was right on time!
Daria Andronescu (10 months ago)
That’s amazing :) thank you!
mezeghaavir (11 months ago)
Daria, great videos, thanks a lot! I found an article about a sustainable approach to fashion and wanted to share - https://meduza.io/cards/chto-takoe-medlennaya-moda-eto-mne-podhodit
Daria Andronescu (11 months ago)
Thanks for sharing! Great article. ❤️🌿
helen tucker (1 year ago)
It’s alarming to learn that we should avoid blended fabrics. So many garments are made of a mixture of différent fabrics!
Sarah Chaprobin (1 year ago)
A really informative video. Thanks!
Прекрасно, что вы затрагиваете тему непродуманного употребления и его вреда на окружающую среду. Спасибо! Вы понимаете какие бренды употребляют экологичные способы производства?
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Вера Тарасова Спасибо! Да, вот тут я составила перечень таких брендов: http://wonder-wardrobe.com/blog/affordable-ethical-fashion
Glutenacious Life (1 year ago)
Wow! Thank you so much for making this type of videos, I feel there's not enough discussion about sustainable fashion and the impact that the production of clothing has on the enviroment . Just out of curiosity, when you mention the production, does it include the process of dying the fabrics? I'd like to learn more about this. Also, are there any books/ readings you might suggest me? I'm really looking forward expanding my knowledge on sustainable fashion. Thank your!
Indie lane (1 year ago)
Let me tell you that youre the only one who talk about this topics on youtube not like other girls who only say... buy this or that. Congrats i love your chanel greetings from mexico :D
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Indie lane thank you! Yes I am more about ‘how to buy less and wear more’
TheEllaellos (1 year ago)
Can one build a whole wardrobe made of sustainable materials and still look modern?
TheEllaellos (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for your reply. I only very recently became aware of/interested in sustainable fashion. Right on time I would say, as I was really getting fed up with my polyester-filled wardrobe! Polyester is everywhere, even in the more expensive brands! I ended up buying all those items over the years, because I loved their design and couldn't find a better equivalent. I am now learning to say NO to polyester even it's coming from my favourite brand(s). Apart from it beeing bad for the environment it's also not pleasant to wear and it gets smelly very quickly so it needs to be washed more often!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
I think, YES, it's totally possible. The capsules I show you and the ones I create for my clients include only sustainable materials. I always check what the items are made of first, and if it's something bad, I won't choose it, even if the item fits well or is crazy beautiful. Next time I want to show you a capsule example paying more attention on choosing sustainable fabrics. So stay tuned ;)
safkie (1 year ago)
So informative, thank you for sharing! By the way could you make a video on maintaining clothes properly? How to prevent or fix wool pilling, choosing chemical or classic cleaning for different fabrics etc? I'm not really sure if I do these things right (I've actually ruined a few sweaters so far!) and I guess it's good to know such things when planning a small long-term wardrobe
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
Yes, I can make a video like that. I also believe it's important to know how to care about your clothes so they can serve you longer. Thanks for your suggestion! ❤️
Romashkanatty (1 year ago)
Do you never buy clothes from mixed fabrics? Probably it's very tough
Romashkanatty (1 year ago)
Daria Andronescu Good! And anyway I think it's better to take baby steps than do nothing. Honestly all of this information scares me too much. I'm a mess :(
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Romashkanatty no, I don't buy mixed fabrics anymore. But I've made some bad choices in the past before I knew all of this. Now I pay more attention to what I choose to wear. It's not that hard.
Kirstin Piche (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for the information. I had no idea wool and cashmere had such a big environmental impact. I love forward to the next episode.
Sheri Sanders (1 year ago)
Good information, however, it is not cruelty free. Could you go into more depth regarding cruelty free fabrics that would also be sophisticated and sustainable?
Keyra Martinez Dunn (1 year ago)
Daria, excellent informative video. I love to learn about this side of fashion specially because I am trying to evolve into a more sustainable and eco-friendly wardrobe. Currently pregnant (in my 2nd trimester) so do you have any ideas of eco friendly maternity style ideas you can recommend?
Andrenna Taylor (1 year ago)
This video was eye-opening! I will think twice next time I buy a mixed fabric at H&M because the thought of it not disintegrating for up to 200 years is so upsetting!
Wanessa (1 year ago)
Amazing and very informative video!!!
aprincesadaervilha (1 year ago)
Such an amazing and informative Video💕
gypsyheartcaravan (1 year ago)
Hi Daria - what do you think of bamboo? I've heard it's a great alternative but does it require even more water/ chemicals etc?
Andrea Winchester (1 year ago)
I appreciate your raising the issue of sustainability in clothing.
B Z (1 year ago)
Hi can you do a fall outfit/business outfit video? thank you so much! :)
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Y B Hi! Have you seen this one? https://youtu.be/hzZ5WjNVEXY
Elle (1 year ago)
Hi Daria, unfortunately peace silk will still result in some harm to animals as the population of silk worms needs to be eventually curbed/culled as not killing them will result in a population too big to manage. So perhaps it's not the best choice for vegans/vegetarians etc.
One of the best video on channel. Daria, please make it clear, are theese brands in your issue called Eco brands using recycled or peace fabrics?
Mia Smith (1 year ago)
This makes me cringe at my shopping habits in my younger years. These videos should be very useful to young people with the excitement of earning their own incomes but lack the knowledge about sustainable fashion. I'm very curious myself about tencel- I guess that's in the next episode. Thank you Daria!
Tamara Khan (1 year ago)
What a great video! Thank you so much for such informative and inspiring content. I have been dealing with difficulties in finding sustainable brands and now I feel lot more informed on how to make better buying choices
ivanete roark (1 year ago)
I have made the conscious decision to no longer buy any leather/animal clothing items, unless it is second hand
Thrift Therapy (1 year ago)
So informative, I learned a lot! It's also a concern that even if the natural fibers are biodegradable, what about the dyes in them being toxic too?
Carasforever (1 year ago)
Angora is extremely cruel. https://youtu.be/Wjy8e8KNhbM Wool is extremely cruel no matter if it's organic or not. This is an video everyone should watch https://youtu.be/siTvjWE2aVw
Marielsaes (1 year ago)
Your videos are SO interesting!! 😍😍😍 love them! ❤❤❤
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Marielsaes thank you so much! ❤️❤️❤️
Pilar Guerrero (1 year ago)
This is such a good and informative video. In the south of Chile, sheep grow in more natural conditions, even though the Haciendas have thousands of sheep, the space for them to run, eat grass and grow is vast. Most of our wool is exported, so we are a source of natural and cruelty free wool... but I guess not everywhere has the same conditions. You have taught me several new concepts today, thank you very much ☺
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Pilar Guerrero thanks for sharing! Chile wool for everybody! ❤️
Bea Garzon (1 year ago)
I learned a lot of new information. Thank you.
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Bea Garzon that's great! So glad you did!
Lydia K (1 year ago)
Awesome video! Saved it. Have a question about the mixing fabric issue (8:43) if the fabric is, let's say, 50% cotton / 50% linen is it also can't be recycled or it takes much more time to be recycled? Both fabric are natural. Thanks.
Patriot Jefferson (2 months ago)
Lydia K , it can be "reused", crafted into something new.
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Lydia Kiptila the things is that we don't have the technology yet that would allow us to separate different types of yarns. But at least these blended fabrics that include only natural fibers like in your example, are biodegradable.
Sun Light (1 year ago)
Thank you, really impressed. I'd like to know more about the colouring process for fabrics. Can this also be done ethically/sustainably?
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Sun Light yes, it can be done ethically, using natural dyes made out of mostly vegetables. But not a lot of brands care about it, because it's more complicated, expensive and time consuming.
ilovepavlovanomnom (1 year ago)
I've watched some videos about the sustainability of materials before, and your video gives me EXACTLY the information I want to know! Thank you for being so amazing!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+ilovepavlovanomnom thanks! I am so glad you found what you were looking for 🌿❤️
moussabby (1 year ago)
That was so informative and enlightening! Thank you Daria for helping us make better informed decisions.
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+moussabby you're very welcome! Thank you!
Marilyn Mansilla (1 year ago)
Thank you again for a super informative and interesting video!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Marilyn Mansilla thanks! Glad you liked it ❤️
Solange (1 year ago)
Hello :) what program do you use to edit your videos?
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Solange I use Final Cut Pro ;)
Leilya Sabanchi (1 year ago)
Дарья, где же субтитры российские 😭
michaelvictoriareese (1 year ago)
I am THRILLED you are doing this series!!!! Will you please add a segment on specific retailers or companies that are both fashion forward and sustainable? And a segment on how choosing better quality will eventually be budget friendly (e.g. comparing the cost of "fast fashion" with sustainable fashion, not just environmentally, but financially on our own pocket books. Please? Pretty please? (I want to be more fashion forward, have better quality clothes, make more conscious and specific choices, and be sustainable (environmentally and morally/ethically). And I want to look more sophisticated and age appropriate. I want to start with your advice!! :)
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+michaelvictoriareese, thank you! I am so glad you like the idea! I already have this guide about affordable fashion forward eco brands here: http://wonder-wardrobe.com/blog/affordable-ethical-fashion I am pretty sure you'll find there many alternative to mass market brands
Luiza Ferro (1 year ago)
Excellent video, thank you!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Luiza Ferro thanks! More goodies are coming ❤️🌿
Jenny Penny (1 year ago)
Daria, this is amazing. I learned so much and I feel better informed now when I look at fabrics and clothing. Thank you.
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Jenny Penny that's great! I am glad this video cleared everything out
aurélie Minder (1 year ago)
Thank you for your videos! There are so helpful and instructif. It's not easy nowaday to buy ethical clothes, sustainable and with really nice shapes. One again thank you for making this more clear.
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+aurélie Minder yes, I agree, it's not easy and it's slow, but totally possible!
имя имя (1 year ago)
Уже какое видео без субтитров. Хотя обещали. Отписка
soybeanbun (1 year ago)
Very relevant subject while still being creative and cute! Amazing content! Great job as usual! ☺️
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+soybeanbun thanks! I tried to make it interesting to watch, not only informative. Glad it showed!
Marie Bach (1 year ago)
Great video, Daria! :) how can clothes be recycled? I have never seen a fabric recycling container in my city. I always struggle what to do with old clothes, because donating isn't that great for many reasons, and not always can I sell them at an appropriate price. Recycling would be a great alternative!
Marie Bach (1 year ago)
Daria Andronescu thank you very much! :)
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Marie Bach this is something you need to google by yourself. But if you have H&M store close by you can give it to them for recycling. I also found this list of other brands that also collect old clothes: http://mashable.com/2015/11/08/recycle-used-clothing/#rNg68Yu2Liq5
koshka marvel (1 year ago)
Спасибо за видео, Дарья! Расскажите изволь про достойные внимания бренды с натуральными тканями.
Raj Laxmi Lenka (1 year ago)
very in formative. Thank You
Kathleen Meadows (1 year ago)
Really great job on this video Daria! I sew my own clothes and always work to pick fabrics that are sustainable (not always easy!) - while watching your video I noticed you didn't mention bamboo which is another sustainable fabric choice I think? What is your opinion?
Daria Andronescu (2 months ago)
Patriot Jefferson (2 months ago)
Kathleen Meadows , bamboo is EXTREMELY bad for the environment!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Kathleen Meadows We'll talk about bamboo fabrics next time, because they are not natural, but semisynthetic and require use of heavy chemicals.
Rosa Mancuso (1 year ago)
Very very useful video! Sometimes we are so confused about that!thanks !!!🙏🏻
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Rosa Mancuso thanks! I am glad it cleared out what ever confusion you might had.
KatRies1 (1 year ago)
I really appreciate the information you provided about natural fabrics sourced from animals as it will help me make more ethical choices in the future. Great job, and thank you for caring about the environment and our animal friends! <3
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+KatRies1 thank you!! I am glad you found it useful! 🌿❤️🌿
NotOfThisAge (1 year ago)
Very informative video. I look forward to the next one. And I would love to hear about the environmental impact if Lyocell (from bamboo). Regarding rabbit wool I would add that angora rabbits suffer so much when they are shaved. Some even die due to the shock and pain of it. I saw a video of it and it broke my heart. I'm sad to hear that sheep don't fare too much better. In Romania we still farm sheep on a small scale and that ensures better quality of life I think.
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+NotOfThisAge yes I've read about the angora rabbits too around 2 years ago. And now I am just trying to skip Angora wool in general. Animal abuse is a very sad and serious issue that need to be taken more seriously.
Aleksandra Velickov (1 year ago)
What are your favourite brands that offer this kind of materials?
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Aleksandra Velickov you can find many ethical brands that use sustainable materials here: http://wonder-wardrobe.com/blog/affordable-ethical-fashion
shills (1 year ago)
Your videos are the only videos I look forward to on YouTube. I love your presentation skills too! Thank you Daria x
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+shills thank you so much! More goodies are coming!
Donita Rose Evaristo (1 year ago)
I love this. I learned a lot from you . Ive been waiting for you to post another video. Got very excited to watch it. :) I really love all of your videos. Thank you very much for sharing your talent and expertise :):)
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Donita Rose Evaristo you're so sweet! Thank you so much! More interesting things are coming soon ;)
Gosia P (1 year ago)
I love how you explain issues with such simplicity. Straight to the point which makes it very easy to digest and remember! Looking forward to your next videos!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Gosia P that was my plan, to make it easy to follow and remember! Guess it turned out right! Thank you so much!
Very informative video. Can you please also note what you are wearing? It will be fun if with your educational videos you note 1 minute by showcasing example with clothes you bought and wear which are according to the video theme. Keep the good work!
marta triquell (1 year ago)
Bravo Daria!! This was super interesting! I didn't know anything about the fabric's production and their environmental impact . Thanks so much for sharing!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+marta triquell thank you!!! You live, you learn 🌿❤️❤️❤️
lucky marengo (1 year ago)
How is peace silk produced? As opposed to regular silk
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
The peace silk production happens when the silk is extracted after the silkworm has completed metamorphosis and emerged from the cocoon as a moth. Basically, all the silkworms survive and become a moth. In traditional production the silkworms are killed before they even transformed into the moths.
Dolores Vila (1 year ago)
Way to go girl! Thanks
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
Great! Happy you found it interesting! Thank you Dolores!
Super useful! Looking forward to the next episode!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
Thank you Patricia! ❤️
Sophie Oliver (1 year ago)
Oh Daria, what a great video, thank you. Actually I could listen to you read out the telephone book, because I love your voice so much. But addressing this very important topic is fab. It was so interesting and informative and I will watch your upcoming videos, too.
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
Sophie, thank you so much! You're too kind ❤️ More goodies are coming
Chaima (1 year ago)
this video was so easy to understand and helpful. I am trying to dress in a more ethical and eco-friendly way ; and this video sure is a good start!!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
Thanks! I am so glad you found it useful! I hope now it's clear what natural fabrics you could choose for your wardrobe.
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
What are your go-to sustainable fabrics? Let’s chat!
The Big Screen Theory (5 months ago)
I went threw my closet and removed most of the pieces that contained polyester (60% or more). I didn't donate it, because the issue of when you first have bought the clothes is washing them (micro-plastic). I also threw out most of the acrylic fabric based clothes. No wonder they went so harsh and dissatisfying after the third wash! I still keep my viscose and nylon clothes because they are not as toxic as the polyester on the skin.
Veronica Moullaianova (1 year ago)
Loved your video, Daria! Well explained. To the point. Easy to understand. Nice job ;-).  I recently talked about organic cotton vs traditional cotton vs Tencel in one of my 'Sustainable Fashion Talks' and I concluded with the fact that organic cotton, and organic fibers in general, are the better option. Of course, it's not only about WHAT you buy, it's also about HOW MUCH you purchase and HOW you treat your clothes & accessories.  Looking forward to part 2 and 3 of these series! Love, Veronica
PattyPB (1 year ago)
Thank you for your amazing work! So very informative! I am currently attempting to transition to a more sustainable wardrobe, and trying to reduce my environmental fashion footprint. I have bought all my clothing pre-owned as well for the past year, and I am loving the process! I will definitely pay more attention to fabrics as well from now on. Currently on my favorites: Linen! Florida summers are HOT! :)  Much love! <3
Jovita (1 year ago)
Lithuania. Greetings!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
+Jovita Rutkauskaitė oh that's amazing! Where are you from?
Atha (1 year ago)
Thank you for your work and for sharing your knowledge! I enjoy all videos - every time 👍🏻😍
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
Thank you so much! I am glad you liked this one too. More goodies are coming ❤️🌿
Kate Mart (1 year ago)
Very useful! Thank you very much
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
Great! Happy you found it useful!
tearose tearose (1 year ago)
I find all your videos so informative , well-explained and helpful through and through! You have helped me a lot to understand how to create my own looks and what I have to pay attention when I buy a piece of clothing! I can't wait to watch the semi synthetic and synthetic explanations! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
I am so happy my videos are helping you to build a better and sustainable wardrobe. Thank you for your support, it helps me a lot! ❤️
Una Donovan (1 year ago)
Great that you and other youtubers are starting to address sustainable fashion. Often youtube bloggers can promote mindless consumption which is so bad for nature and the workers involved. Thank you!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
Thank you! Yes, I am also happy to see so many bloggers talking about fashion sustainability! The more the better 🌿🌸🌿
Gemma Loftus (1 year ago)
I will definitely be more mindful of the clothes I get now! Also please can you do an example winter capsule!
Daria Andronescu (1 year ago)
That's great! Of course, there will be several wardrobe examples for winter, just a little bit later.

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