Nettle; Sustainable Fashion Fiber of the Future

July 22, 2020

From wild plant to luxurious textile; Will Himalayan nettle be in your sustainable fiber portfolio for fashion?

For more than 3000 years, people have used fibers sourced from nettle to make clothes. In Nepal’s Himalayas the nettle we know from our forests and meadows has evolved in a unique environment over millennia to produce a lustrous, long fiber somewhat similar to linen, but more regenerative, longer and stronger.

Ellie Skeele and her team at Himalayan Wild Fibers developed a proprietary extraction method to produce a fine fiber from this wild and remote growing ecological plant. Independently or mixed with silk, wool, cashmere, or even Tencel, these fibers can be used to make high-end textiles for fashion or home interiors that fit into a circular fashion world.

During this 30 minute discussion with Ellie, we will discover how these fibers are produced, as well as the multitude of possibilities there are to weave them into luxurious textiles.

After four years of hosting more than 50 knowledge sharing and networking events, connecting sustainability and fashion professionals with each other, we have decided to stop the activities we were doing under Good Brand Guru from 2023 onwards.

With equal passion and perseverance, we are continuing to strive for a better textile and clothing industry.

We are doing this through different projects, including helping companies to become BCorp and working with Fibershed at both a Dutch and European level. The Fibershed movement seeks to develop regional fiber systems that build soil and protect the health of our biosphere. Working with a soil-to-soil vision, we are rebuilding local, collaborative supply networks that are inherently fair, circular and regenerative.

If you would like to learn how you can join us in this new chapter, please get in touch through:

We look forward to staying in touch,

Warm regards,

Bryony & Martine