As alternatives to synthetic fabrics become more relevant to the future of the fashion industry, brands and consumers are exploring material options with less ecological footprint. Here at N.A.bld, we find new ways to help brands be more sustainable in their production process as well as the materials they use. We’ve combed the sourcing world for examples of eco-friendly materials and processes to get a better understanding of the sustainable material possibilities.

Here are six eco fabrics to make an impact in your brand or closet this season:

Fish Leather

Fish leather is a by-product of the seafood industry - less carbon footprint compared to raising cattle for leather - and recycling the waste minimizes landfill and keeps resources in use for longer. Plus, it possesses strength nine times that of regular cow leather of similar thickness owing to its criss-cross arrangement of fibers. Elisa Palomino, senior lecturer at London's Central Saint Martins, believes that a vital step to sustainability involves targeting seafood waste for the development of fashionable leather and has created fish leather garments and accessories at John Galliano and Christian Dior. For their S/S 20 collection, Rick Owens and Courrèges swapped exotic skins for the skin of the pirarucu fish, a staple of the Amazonian diet whose skin would be otherwise discarded. It could become an alternative to endangered species such as crocodile and python.