Sustainable and Stylish: Eco-Friendly Scrunchies
It's official. Scrunchies have made the ultimate come back. From velvet fabric to valor pants, it seems as though the 90s refuse to stay in the past. While the scrunchie remains the number one must-have hair accessory for 2021, as an ethical consumer you may have already thought about the potential waste involved in this somewhat disposable fashion trend.
Are Scrunchies Eco-Friendly?
Unfortunately, it is becoming quite common to find discarded elastic hair ties and plastic hair clips during a brief morning stroll or even just a short walk to your car. But as you turn your nose up at the perpetrating litterbug chances are it wasn't intentional. Scrunchies and hair ties are often worn around the wrist, fall out purse or pocket or just made so cheaply that they snap and break and ultimately end up just lying on the ground.
Any litter is generally hazardous to wildlife but hair ties and scrunchies pose more of a threat due to them being a "loop" shaped. Waste that is shaped into a loop such as the plastic rings that hold together beer and soda cans can tangle or trap a wild animal causing physical damage and even death and scrunchies and hair ties pose the very same threat.
The fact of the matter is that scrunchies aren't made to last. They come in packs of four or six and are easy on the wallet. While the price tag may be favorable, chances are that your pack of cute velvet scrunchies will be of poor quality, made with cheap fabric, and sewn in a warehouse overseas where seamstresses are forced to work in unethical conditions.
Yikes. Definitely not the best look for an ethical consumer. But what do you if you still want to wear your hair back or even just rock the latest in scrunchie fashion trends? Don't fret. Ultimately whenever there is a problem, there is always a solution.
Introducing the Eco-Friendly Scrunchie
Unfortunately, we have discovered that the average scrunchie is thought of as disposable due to the cheap fabric, cheap price tag, and poor construction. These fast fashion accessories ultimately break after a few hard days of work supporting your hair. So what is the solution to creating a sustainable change in the world of fast fashion?
As more and more designers are becoming aware of the devasting environmental impact caused by the mindset of disposable fashion, a new eco-friendly rebirth of sustainable hair accessories has joined the slow fashion movement.
Ethically Made Scrunchies
If you're already a conscious consumer you probably put a lot of thought into shopping for ethically made sustainable fashion, so what not give the same consideration to your scrunchies? Trends of recycled fabrics, organic cotton, and handmade products are paving the way towards a more sustainable future. As consumers, we have the buying power and by simply making small changes as to where and what you shop for can have a positive ripple effect towards reducing your carbon footprint.
One of the biggest problems with fast fashion scrunchies is that they are made from low-quality synthetic fabrics such as velvet and polyester. Not only are these fabrics rough on your hair but they do not present a sustainable solution.
Polyester, rayon and even non-organic cotton all carry a heavy carbon footprint. Non-organic cotton is the most pesticide intensive crop in the world and the production of rayon and polyester creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
That's right. 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
On the sustainable side, fabrics such as silk and linen are known to leave a smaller carbon footprint than their synthetic counterparts, are soft to the touch, and won't leave your hair frayed and damaged. These natural fabrics may come with a higher price tag but are well worth the investment and ultimately you will find that you'll be saving money instead of wasting money.
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The slow fashion movement is growing in popularity and it's about time! By changing our mindsets from disposable to sustainable we can help close the door on fast fast fashion for good. While a small purchase like a scrunchie may seem insignificant, please know that these small choices can make all the difference. By investing in high-quality, ethically made fashion you are using your purchasing power for good and helping to support a sustainable future.
At Joséfa David, we believe that what you wear matters and are passionate about creating ethically made clothing and hair accessories with complete transparency from fabric to finish. Our scrunchies are handmade with love and are made from the highest quality fabrics that are gentle on your hair and on the environment.
Our fabulously luxurious silk and linen scrunchies make a great addition to any capsule wardrobe, come in a rainbow of colours and one of a kind prints and patterns. Be sure to check our site frequently for our special collection releases featuring our new and elegant Rosina Collection.
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