Traditional tights are usually cheaply made out of synthetic fibers. To produce this kind of fabric requires a cocktail of toxic chemicals, which are damaging not only to the environment but also to the end consumer. However, the problem with environmental degradation doesn’t stop here; with every wash, synthetic materials release microfibers (microplastics) into the water, and later this water ends up in our ocean system and food chain. And this is not the end, their impact continues long after reaching their destination, the landfill. A single pair of tights will leave its traces on this planet for the next 4-8 generations because they need between 50 and 200 years to decompose. This is wrong on so many levels, but we don’t have to be radical and avoid tights permanently, we don’t have to forget some of our best outfits to be sustainable. One way or another, we will produce waste, but the point is to be gentle on the nature while looking good and lowering the waste amount. Choosing high-quality fibers with the ability to decompose after being disposed is crucial for our future on this planet.
Biodegradable tights became a popular alternative in the last seven years, not just because they are made of yarn that can decompose in less than 5 years but also because they are made in a more environmentally friendly and transparent way. For example the Fourtwentytwo tights are made of 94% Amni Soul Eco® (biodegradable yarn) and only 6% lycra. The important thing here is that they have significantly lower carbon footprint than traditional tights. Additionally, they don’t release microplastics with every wash. These fibers are also gentler on the skin, and tend to be far softer, way more breathable, and more comfortable than the traditional ones, which makes them a better choice if you are looking for sustainable alternatives to style your favorite outfits.
Overall, biodegradable tights are an excellent choice for those who are ready to do their part in creating a better future for the next generation.