what is cupro fabric?

Is It Sustainable?

What exactly is cupro and is it eco-friendly?  If you’re considering buying an item made from cupro, here’s everything you need to know about the fabric, and if it’s sustainable.

Is Cupro Natural Or Synthetic?

Cupro is a semi-synthetic fabric that is made primarily from cotton  waste from the cotton growing industry. Though cupro is derived from a natural source, it’s mixing with various chemicals during the  manufacturing process make it hardly pass as a natural fiber.


Cupro is short for cuprammonium rayon. It got its name because the solution of copper and ammonia is used to make this particular type of  rayon. Rayon was created as an alternative to silk and rose in  popularity because of its lower price point.

Yellow Wavy Line


Cupro is a good fabric in terms of working as a vegan and cruelty-free  substitute for silk. It’s also generally less expensive than silk, with  similar look and feel. However, in terms of the environment, cupro isn’t the most sustainable material out there.

Yellow Wavy Line


Any form of rayon production involves copious amounts of water waste, on top of being an energy intensive process. Most factories that manufacture rayon are usually powered by fossil fuels, which release emissions that contribute to climate change.

Yellow Wavy Line

sustainable alternatives to cupro

I recommend looking into TENCEL Lyocell and Modal from Lenzing AG. These are both imperfect alternatives, also both  sourced from rayon, but they are more transparent with their production processes.

Yellow Wavy Line

Join the Community