Textiles material information

There are many different types of materials and processes that Textiles designers use in developing new products. All materials and processes have different advantages and disadvantages and vary in their impact towards the environment and people.

The following links aim to support students to make informed choices about their choice of materials and processes, as consumers and designers.

Know Your Materials

Materials types - the social and environmental impacts of natural and synthetic textiles.

Organic Cotton - Pesticides Action Network, an information centre on organic cotton.

Fibre footprint calculator - information for cotton manufacturers and consumers.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Reduce: Washing and laundering clothes less - one environmental solution.

Reuse: How many clothes do we need?

Recycle: An example of a company who reprocess plastic bottles to make clothes

Ethical and Fair trade Fashion Organisations who campaign for the rights of workers involved in textiles manufacturing.

Labour behind the label 

Clean Clothes Campaign




Know your production processes

For links with Practical Action's free downloadable technical information on dyeing textiles go to our Technical briefs based on small-scale manufacturing.


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