7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics That Will Green Your Wardrobe

The clothes we wear and the textiles they are made from can damage the environment and make us sick. Good thing there are some eco-friendly alternatives. Check out these seven fabrics, courtesy of Green America:

1. Bamboo—Bamboo is a hardy, highly renewable grass and is generally grown with few chemical inputs. The fabric also has natural antibacterial properties, breathes and is biodegradable. However, toxic chemicals may be used to turn the plant into fabric. The Federal Trade Commission mandates that companies using this process label their products bamboo-based rayon.

2. Organic cotton—More than 25 percent of the world’s pesticides are used in conventional cotton production. Organic cotton is grown without toxic, synthetic chemical inputs. Look for natural dyes or colored cotton to further reduce the amount of chemicals dumped into our ecosystem.

3. Industrial hemp—Hemp is rapidly renewable, requires little or no pesticides, grows without fertilizer, requires minimum attention, doesn’t deplete soil nutrients and is easy to harvest.

4. Recycled polyester—This fiber is made from cast-off polyester fabric and soda bottles, resulting in a carbon footprint that is 75 percent lower than virgin polyester. Recycled polyester contains toxic antimony, but some companies are working on removing it from their fabrics.

5. Soy cashmere/silk—This fabric is made from soy protein fiber left over after processing soybeans into food. The soy may be genetically engineered unless noted on the label.

6. Tencel—Tencel is made from natural cellulose wood pulp and is fully biodegradable. It uses Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood pulp and less-toxic chemicals in a closed-loop process.

7. Wool—Wool is renewable, fire-resistant and doesn’t need chemical inputs. Look for chlorine-free wool from humanely-treated animals. Organic wool is increasingly becoming available: it is produced using sustainable farming practices and without toxic sheep dips.

Even these choices are not clear-cut, says The Nature Conservancy. These types of fabric represent positive change, but have drawbacks. Clothes production in general has environmental impact, including:

  • Energy—It takes agricultural energy to produce natural fibers and mining or processing for synthetic fabrics. Energy also is needed for production, processing and shipping of the fabric and finished product.
  • Toxic chemicalsPesticides, dyes and bleaches and chemical processing are used for fibers like bamboo or rayon.
  • Land/natural resources—Natural fibers can require large areas for production and synthetic ones typically require petrochemicals.
  • Water—Nearly all fabrics require some water use during production, with cotton requiring the most.

The way you use clothing can make an enormous environmental difference—as much as the type of fabric, The Nature Conservancy says.

Since all textile manufacturing has a fairly hefty impact, wearing what you already have for a longer time is one of the best and easiest things you can do to make your clothing more eco-friendly.

Other ways include buying used clothes, recycling what doesn’t fit and repairing damaged clothes rather than throwing them away.

Stay green!!! 🙂

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How much Is Our Clothes Really Worth. The True Cost Review part 2

So May 29,2015, I went to see this fashion documentary called The True Cost, I hope you will check out the YouTube trailer that I posted previously the trailer is what really inspired me to go. Anyway the gathering was small with environmental activist, fashionistas, fashion students, and aspiring fashion lawyers, all came to watch this documentary. At the end of the film there was an open discussion, so many thoughts,so many ideas. So I went in ignorant of what really going on in the world, to a person who now is thirst for more about what is really happening. This documentary was amazingly eye-opening, bone chilling, and touched you in a way that you will never look at your own clothes the same ever again. I think personally, information is power, so why not use it  to spark a real change. That is why I’m writing this review I am hoping this blog leads to more than just writing, but a voice of my opinion on how true this documentary is.

I’m just going to give you enough information about the documentary, but I encourage all artist, aspiring fashion designers and merchandisers, to watch The True Cost. The title alone speaks for it self how much is our clothing really worth, and I have to say NOT HIGH ENOUGH. When it first started the fashion was beautiful everything you could ever dream of. But behind everything are smoke and mirrors covering the real truth which are tears, suffering, and unfairness.

Fact: 95% of factories used to be in the U.S. now its only 3% the rest of that percentage is now outsourced. Clothing factory workers in Cambodia, IndiaBangladesh make at least $3 a day or less(I’m talking pennies). The workers are being treated horribly I’m talking; violence, death, pollution, diseases, bad working conditions, corruption(Big companies that make fatal pesticide, also make the medicine just to making more profit). Clothing factory workers are being unethically mistreated, and to demand better working conditions could  lead to death. Then there are the children, parents working in clothing factories for long hours; don’t even get to see their children 1 to 2 times out of year in Bangladesh. they are out slaving to make clothing we wear so that they can give their children an education. That scene in the documentary made me feel so thankful that I was able to see my mom and dad every day while growing up, and tell them I love them. I was just really glad the director of this movie didn’t show children working in factories then the water works would really would be coming (even though it is known that in third world countries children actually work in factories in bad conditions ).

In the United States What is organic? after watching this documentary, it is shocking. You would think when you go in to a clothing store your buying something that says and that is labeled organic. I’m tell you now, IT IS NOT, genetically modified plants, have been sprayed with HARMFUL chemicals in our cotton.

At the end of the documentary I was shocked ashamed, and sickened. I saw actual consumers talk about how much they love their clothes,  how beautiful it looks, how good it will look on me, and how much of a good, low price it was. When actually they don’t stop and think how much suffering, long hours, and sacrifice went into making those beautiful, cheap clothes you wear (sorry if it come out harsh, but its the truth). In the end big corporations are the ones make most of the profit, while the actual worker get paid close to nothing.

Fashion is number two leading cause of pollution. fashion uses a lot of resources at least 11 million in textile waste. A lot of the resources are not included in the cost.

I am not writing this because I’m telling you to hate fashion, I love fashion, I love the way it make me feel, beautiful. I’m just saying there has to be a better way so that every side wins, and for that to happen the fashion world just need to stop and think. The cheap prices of what you get from clothing stores actually comes at a much higher price than you think. Are you willing to pay a higher price so that others in a another country can have better working conditions. are you willing to spread this message around to spark a change.

A message to future designers and merchandisers need to form a change and set some standards for the future. We cant continue this way.

Do you really think in 10 year we will we see a change in how fashion does things?

Darkangel689