The number of customers looking for some sort of certificate to make sure that they buy Eco-friendly products is increasing. The demand for sustainable certified yarn is high. GRS Certified yarn is pretty common. So, in this article, we bring you a list of sustainable yarn. Sustainable yarn is good for the environment. GRS certificate indicates that the yarn is made using recycled materials. The following are the most popular sustainable yarns:

  • Organic cotton 
  • Wool 
  • Linen 
  • Bambo 
  • Silk 
  • Tencel 
  • Recycled jeans fiber 

The following are the most common unsustainable yarns:  

  • Polyester 
  • Nylon
  • Acrylic 

Bio-based textiles are heavily treated using chemicals. The following are the most common bio-based certified fibers:

  • Lyocell
  • Modal 
  • Rayon
  • Viscose  

PBT yarns have special properties of polybutylene terephthalate. This yarn is suitable for producing garments that can help in maintaining a comfortable micro climate. This plastic is from the polyester family. PBT is also an optimal choice for food processing applications. 

Sustainable yarn is made using natural colors and natural dyes. There are many yarns that are blends of synthetic materials. These materials are very common but should be avoided. Sustainable certified yarn is the ideal yarn. Prefer yarns manufactured using locally sourced materials.

The following table shows the textile choices: 

Category  Minimize  Healthier Alternatives 
Pelts 
  • Shearling 
  • Fur 
  • Leather 
  • Secondhand or up-cycled pelts
  • Low-impact pelts 
  • Recycled animal fur 
  • Recycled leather  
Natural fabrics obtained from animal fibers 
  • Mass-produced, poor quality animal fibers
  • Conventional fiber    
  • Up-cycled or recycled fabrics 
  • Fibers obtained from responsibly raised animals such as sheep and alpaca  
  • Wild silk 
  • Recycled animal fibers 
  • Organic wool 
Natural fabrics obtained from plant fibers 
  • Poor quality cotton 
  • Up-cycled or recycled fabrics 
  • Hemp
  • Organic flax 
  • Rain-fed cotton 
  • Organic cotton 
Synthetic fabrics with natural origin 
  • Bamboo viscose 
  • Viscose 
  • Recycled or up-cycled fabrics
  • Bamboo Lyocell 
  • Lyocell   
Synthetic fabrics 
  • Faux fur made using synthetic materials 
  • PVC leather 
  • Acrylic 
  • Nylon
  • Polyester 
  • Eco-intelligent polyester that recyclable 
  • Up-cycled or recycled fabrics 
  • Recycled acrylic 
  • Recycled nylon
  • Recycled polyester 


GRS Certified Yarn 

Water pollution, air pollution, soil pollution and all other types of pollution have an impact on the environment. You often think about what kind of environment you will leave for the next generations. There are many solutions and you can be a part of these solutions. Like Eco-friendly bags, there are Eco-friendly yarns as well. These are low carbon footprint yarns that have a minimum possible harmful impact on the environment.     

Synthetic clothing is a product of chemical processing. If you want to make sure that you are using yarn that does not cause any harm to the environment, look for GRS certified yarn.     

GRS stands for Global Recycle Standard. All manufacturers claim that they offer sustainable yarn. To make sure that it is actually sustainable yarn, check for certification.   

If a product carries a GRS certificate, it is manufactured using recycled materials. This certificate was made in 2008. The Textile Exchange administers the GRS certificate. It is a non-profit that attempts to reduce the impact of the textile industry on the environment. 

Always check the sustainable certificate or GRS certificate before purchasing yarn.