Cupro: The magical sustainable fabric you’ve never heard of

Girlfriend Collective sustainable Cupro tee review

Being into sustainable and ethical fashion has made me into a bit of a textile geek. After all, there are so many cool sustainable fabrics! Who knew you could make fabric out of recycled water bottles and fishing nets?

So when I found out about Cupro fairly recently, I was surprised that I didn’t already know about it. Girlfriend Collective sent me a couple of their new Cupro tees, and I immediately fell in love with the miraculously soft and eco-friendly fabric…so much so that I had to learn more about Cupro and share what I’ve learned about this magical fabric with you all!

If you want to snag some super soft and sustainable tees for yourself, you can get $10 off your first purchase!

Girlfriend Collective sustainable Cupro tee review

What is Cupro?

Cupro is a “regenerated cellulose” fabric made from cotton waste. It’s in the same family of fabrics as rayon, viscose, Tencel, Modal, and Lycocell, which are all made from plant-based materials that are chemically processed to produce a smooth fabric.

How is Cupro sustainable?

  • It’s made from cotton linter, a waste product of cotton. Yay for reducing waste!
  • It’s produced in a closed loop like Tencel and Lyocell, which means that the chemicals used can be extracted afterwards and the water can be reused.
  • It’s made from 100% plant-based materials, so it’s biodegradable.
  • It can be washed in water (either machine-washed or hand-washed), so there’s no need to dry clean.

Girlfriend Collective sustainable Cupro tee review

What does Cupro feel like?

Soft. So soft. In fact, Cupro is often used as a vegan and machine-washable alternative to silk because it’s smooth and drapes beautifully.

Although it’s in the same family as rayon, it’s breathable like cotton. Its light weight, drape, and breathability makes it ideal for warm weather.

How did you like your Girlfriend Collective Cupro tees?

Girlfriend Collective sent me their Frances Tee in Dusty Rose and Jane Tee in CherryIn addition to using an eco-friendly fabric, Girlfriend Collective donates 10% of their tee sales to Charity Water, an organization that brings clean water to communities that need it.

Girlfriend Collective sustainable Cupro tee review

I’m glad you asked!

The short answer: I LOVE THEM.

The long answer:

Imagine your favorite worn-in tee that you end up reaching for again and again, because it’s so dang comfy. That’s kind of what these tees feel like.

The Frances tee is an long and oversized fit with a wide neckline and the Jane tee is your classic crop T-shirt.

The tees are a little sheer, but I don’t mind if I’m wearing a sports bra underneath. The pink tee is more sheer than the red one.

At $28, they’re on the more affordable side compared to other sustainable and ethical tees I’ve seen.

My only complaint is that they do get wrinkly very easily, so they’re not travel-friendly.

I’ve washed my pink tee once and followed the instructions to machine wash cold and hang dry. It did shrink a little vertically, like it says on the website, but it’s still a long and oversized fit on me. The fabric has stayed silky soft, which I am pleasantly surprised by since the tee is so delicate that I was afraid it would pill or get linty after washing.

I almost feel bad wearing these tees to work out in because they’re so soft! I also…never want to take them off…so I’ve been wearing my Girlfriend tees for lounging around the house (my fave activity, surprise), running errands or even to work, and honestly all the time.

Girlfriend also has a wrap top made of the same Cupro fabric that I think is so cute!

Girlfriend Collective sustainable Cupro tee review

If you want to snag some super soft and sustainable tees for yourself, you can get $10 off your first purchase!

Outfit details:

Tops: Girlfriend Collective Frances Tee in Dusty Rose and Jane Tee in Cherry.
Leggings: Girlfriend Collective high-rise 3/4 leggings in Midnight (review)
Shoes: Allbirds wool loungers (review)

Disclosure: I was gifted these products in exchange for photos. They did not ask me to write a review or sponsor this blog post; I was just really excited to discover a new sustainable fabric! This post contains affiliate links, which help keep the lights on around here. As always, all opinions are my own.

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