pick up the organic carrots instead of the regular, turn off the lights
when you leave the room and even drive a small, eco-friendly car - but
do you think green when it comes to your wardrobe?
benefits of eating organic foods and thinking green within your home
are easy to appreciate. Eating foods grown without harmful pesticides
and synthetic fertilizers directly benefits the way you feel and your
overall health; while adopting environmentally sound habits within the
home can save you lots of money over time. However, thinking
organically when it comes to dressing your body is just as important
for the environment.
is one of the most used textiles in clothing production - it is also
one of the most pesticide dependent crops as well. Because cotton is
not a crop grown for consumption, it is often sprayed with a cocktail
of pesticides significantly greater and more environmentally harmful
than food crops. In many cases the production of cotton, a textile
often viewed as natural, is significantly more environmentally damaging
than many synthetic textiles.
cotton is grown without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers
and the final textile is dyed with plant dyes instead of being bleached
like non-organic cotton.
cotton is just one eco-friendly textile available for those who don’t
want to compromise the environment for style. Textiles derived from
hemp and bamboo are resilient, soft, ideal for those who live in warm
climates and best of all easily grown using organic methods.
addition to being a sustainable textile, bamboo has many inherent
qualities that makes it ideal for clothing production. The structure of
the bamboo fiber makes it breathable and enables it to keep you cooler
in the heat and warmer in the cold than any other fiber of the same
weight. Bamboo fibers absorb water 3-4 times faster than cotton which
makes the textile ideal for those who live in humid climates due to its
ability to keep moisture away from the skin. It is also easy to wear
and wrinkle resistant.
first Levi’s jeans were made of hemp denim and virtually anything that
can be made from cotton can be made from hemp. Hemp is one of the
easiest crops to grow organically. Though it is not used widely in
today’s market, hemp production was once a major textile industry. The
hemp plant grows tall in a relatively short amount of time and its
dense foliage prevents the growth of weeds, thus eliminating the need
for herbicides. The plant also uses significantly less water than
cotton for its growth.
clothing was a relatively small niche market initially, but mainstream
brands have been incorporating organic cotton and eco-friendly
manufacturing techniques into their clothing production in recent
years, making once costly organic clothing affordable. Apart from the
methods in which the textile crops are grown, eco-friendly clothing
manufacturers employ fair trade practices which means fair labour
conditions and wages for employees.
are lots of new brands that have capitalized on the niche market for
eco-friendly, sustainable fashion, but well-known brands such as Keds,
H&M, Levi’s and American Apparel also offer organic cotton options
in their lines at more affordable prices.
may not be picketing for the environment just yet, but slowly
incorporating “green” fashion into your wardrobe means less harmful
chemicals next to your skin, better working conditions for those
workers manufacturing your clothing and a significantly smaller impact
on the environment.
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