Mike-Dave Ayeni
Sustainable Fashion Writer

What does longevity in design mean?

A prominent potential to minimize clothing’s environmental, water, and waste impact, has been recognized as designing for longevity or lifespan. Simply said, if garments have a longer useful life, they may be changed rarely. 

Simply increasing the lifespan of clothing by nine months would still save a significant amount in costs.

The most significant time to improve longevity in the fabric lifespan is during the product development stage, when improvements in design methods may significantly influence how long individual pieces last. Customers reject clothes for various reasons because it no longer appears attractive. 

The present clothing and textiles linear manufacturing and distribution paradigm may be unsustainable, with various adverse environmental effects. When thinking about how to create clothing that will last a long time.



Sustainable fashion

Sustainable fashion is a concept and a strategy that aims to improve the ecosystem services and egalitarianism of clothing and accessories and the fashion sector. Fashionable fabrics and goods are only one aspect of sustainable fashion. It looks at the entire process of how a garment is made, who makes it, and how long a fabric lasts until it ends up in a landfill. TSustainable fashion also considers fashion from the viewpoint of a group of people, including production and consumption, all living things, and current and future inhabitants of the planet..

Textile and apparel sectors are among the worst polluters of the ecosystem. Textile production  ptputs  sustainable development in jeopardy and hence carry significant obligations. Because of i our take-make-waste of production, it is now feasible to create apparel at ever-lower rates, with collections changing so often that many customers perceive fashion as disposable. disposable fashion contributes to pollution and creates environmental risks throughout manufacturing, usage, and disposal.

 The Earth Logic Fashion research action plan identifies several potential areas for sustainable fashion work that research and scientific data shows seem to be the most likely to achieve the size and speed of change required to address issues such as global warming. The starting premise for Earth Logic is that the earth and its people must come first, before profit.


Qualities of long-life designer fabrics

Good quality Textile strength and long term performance

Physical durability is also influenced by garment structure; for example, choosing the right stitch may reinforce seams for longer use when determining whether or not to preserve a garment. The process of dyeing it is essential since it may assist or hinder its durability. Colour-fading garments may be deemed damaged and so abandoned sooner – however, on the other hand, it may contribute to the item’s character. Treatments and unique finishes can improve the fabric’s feel, performance, and appearance, allowing a garment’s active users to be extended circularly. 

To guarantee that all of the aspects above are appropriately applied, clothing should be evaluated to assess their physical characteristics, ensuring that they will function sufficiently for their intended purpose and hold up over time. Materials of better grade are more likely to endure breakage over time. The type of damage relies on how the item is worn; kid’s clothing and event dress have distinct expectations. Even within these distinct categories, textile quality can have a major influence on how long an item lasts.

Size and fit 

One of the most common reasons for abandoning intact goods is that they don’t fit anymore. Finding the right fit for clients may be challenging, and size difficulties frequently lead to items being discarded prematurely. As a designer, you may think about including elements like built-in fastenings or giving room for changes that allow the user to adjust the size of the garment. Using textiles with flexible threads like elastic in many clothes has become a simple way to satisfy various body types and allow for a better fit. Designers can enhance lifespan by creating clothing that can be readily altered to accommodate realistic changes in an individual’s form.

Colors and patterns 

While fashion goods will always have a possibility of loss, designers may extend the life of many clothing by utilizing ‘classic’ or timeless styles and colours but are less likely to fall out of style.



How clothes are cared for has a direct impact on their lifespan. Designers and merchants may impact this by ensuring that consumers are provided adequate knowledge on maintenance, reuse and recycling options.



Design-led approaches for effective recycling

Designers have the option of picking and choosing objects from the trash stream to rebuild. Junky Styling and designers Orsola De Castro and Christopher Raeburn popularized this specialized upcycling technique inside the fashion design profession in a high-fashion setting. In the approach to recycling. Before turning to recycle, designers should think about prolonging the life of clothing and encouraging consumers to repair and reuse them. These design methods reflect changing attitudes in the industry, but they are no substitute for reduced consumption.

Other design methods include creating a recyclable product. This might be done by designing using nanomaterials or planning for later disassembly. Using single materials is the most effective approach to assure easy recycling, followed by using numerous materials that can be separated. Multi-materials with permanent connections, which characterize the bulk of clothing goods, are the most difficult to recycle. Given the low rate of technical innovation in most textile production, A fabric to avoid is Rayon. It has poor quality in terms of durability. It is also harmful and takes decades to biodegrade. The cellulosic substance is anything derived from plants that contain cellulose as one of its building elements. Cotton, linen, and hemp are other examples, as Rayon is manufactured from plant material, generally trees. However, these trees are converted into the substance you recognize through an industrial process that incorporates numerous hazardous chemicals. Bamboo fabric is a cellulosic material, but how it’s treated determines whether it’s semi-synthetic. If the linen is stiff, it is just bamboo linen that has been physically treated similarly as hemp. It’s bamboo rayon if it’s a soft fabric.

Lyocell is another option. The Austrian fabric firm Lenzing’s trademarked textiles Modal and Tencel are Rayon and lyocell, respectively.




Everything has to have a lifetime, and the duration of a fabric is determined by both you and the person who wears it. Longevity refers to how long an object maintains value and relevance. Designers need to keep in mind that not only does the product’s appearance vary with maturity, but its use might also alter.

as a designer, Taking the time to understand the consumer’s requirements and preferences during the usage stage of clothes might possibly prolong the life of the item and therefore decrease effects on the environment beyond the time of buying. These factors for extending the busy lifestyle of garments are crucial to the design process and will assist you in preparing for a job in the long-life fashion market.

What should you do with your undesired Rayon, lyocell, Tencel, and Modal fabrics? If at all possible, avoid tossing them in the garbage. If they are in good shape, give or trade them. If they’re not, toss them in the H&M take-back bins. If you’re not composting them for a nutritionist, be sure the cloth is from a certified eco-friendly company. We always aim to give a balanced view of different vantage points, as best we know exists, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter!