Is deadstock fabric environmentally-friendly?

While the debate between organic cotton and recycled polyester continues, some designers ignore fabric composition entirely and buy up whatever material is "leftover" from other orders. This extra fabric is commonly referred to as deadstock fabric, and many designers and consumers have come to believe that if it were not bought up, it would end up in a landfill instead. Environmentally conscious designers, of course, don't want unused materials to go to waste, so they have "salvaged" unsold fabric and used it for their clothes, marketing these deadstock garments as "sustainable." The truth is deadstock's good reputation is not completely deserved.

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