Ramie is also called stinging nettle. It is one of the oldest fibers used for textiles by humans, but not a very common fibre today. It can be considered sustainable if the origin is Europe, since it can differ a lot in the process of production of ramie between countries. China has long grown ramie and it is also called “China grass”. Ramie is a very strong fibre, even stronger when it is wet. But it is not very durable, so it is often blended with other fibers. It is similar to flax, and does not take dye as well as cotton.

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Approved materials may be less expensive than preferred materials, but may not be as ethical or sustainable in their production. While approved materials are not considered the best option, they may be used in clothing production as long as certain standards and guidelines are followed.
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