As the weather heats up, we’re on the hunt for pants and shorts that are light and breathable, a quest that chimes perfectly with sustainably sourced fabrics containing Tencel Lyocell. Smooth and durable, Tencel Lyocell is made from sustainably sourced wood pulp in a closed-loop production process, making it an eco-friendly choice for the conscious shopper. Not only that, but Tencel Lyocell is breathable, gentle on skin and drapes beautifully. The bottom line: it’s a great choice for your bottom half.
Tencel is a trademark of Lenzing AG
The first thing to look for in eco-friendly clothing is the material. Natural fabrics produced in a sustainable way – such as M&S’s cotton and linen – are a good start. Linen is made from flax, one of the oldest continuously cultivated plants in the world. Thanks to rich soil and frequent rain, producing flax in northern Europe, as M&S does, produces no waste, unlike other countries where irrigation and fertilisers are required. We love this update on a classic white linen shirt, featuring utility detailing and a bold, boxy shape.
Easy, breezy dresses are the name of the game for summer, and this black midi – made from pure cotton – hits the sweet spot perfectly. 100% of the cotton for our clothing is sustainably sourced, and we’ve worked with the BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) and WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to support practices that are better for farmers and the planet, such as saving water and cutting down on toxic chemicals. Great dresses that are also guilt-free? Yes, please.
Where would we be without our staple skinnies or oh-so comfortable boyfriend jeans? While denim is a wardrobe essential for any season, it’s not always the most sustainable fabric to produce, but M&S is making great progress to reduce the amount of water and toxic chemicals used in the process. Another exciting development is the use of recycled plastic bottles to create our Supersoft jeans – you’d never guess that each luxuriously soft pair contains the equivalent of around 10 plastic bottles.
Words: Sophie Hines