One Plant, Big Punch
So that is point 1 in soy’s favour! It is versatile enough to replicate both the light, drapey, cool sensation of silk, or the fuzzy, soft, warmth of cashmere – both very in-demand fabrics – with one base material. Being a plant, it is also breathable, usually biodegradable, and not going to leak pesky microplastics into the water with each wash. Plus, soy fabrics are typically created using a closed loop process, so all the chemicals are saved to continually reuse for each new batch and diverted from polluting water and land.
And, like we’ve touched on in both of our previous #FantasticFibres blogs, using agricultural byproducts as the main source for their fibres means big wins for resource conversation. These soy beans would have been grown regardless, and waste from soy production manufacturing is diverted from landfills or being burned to create a valuable product instead. The water, land, and energy required to cultivate and harvest the soy is utilized to the max by also contributing to clothing fibres. That’s a lot for one little plant.