Well-Dressed in Green: 6 Eco-Friendly Fabrics
The right clothes help us feel stylish and comfortable, but certain fabrics can cause serious strain on the environment. The following six fabrics are both wearable and wonderfully renewable.
Bamboo stands above the pack as one of the most sustainable resources on the planet. It is ultra-soft and comfortable, the quintessential eco-friendly fabric — used in everything from socks to sheets and shirts to robes. While there’s still debate the manufacturing process isn’t entirely green, there’s no doubting bamboo grows without harmful pesticides or fertilisers.
Organic Cotton is giving conventional cotton a run for its money because it’s grown without the use of chlorine bleaches and synthetic dyes. It also uses less energy and helps battle climate change by trapping more carbon inside healthy soil. Although it only represents a fraction of global cotton production, The Organic Trade Association says the future for organic cotton looks bright.
Industrial hemp is booming in popularity. Hemp is often misunderstood, and actually is very different compared to its plant cousin grown for recreational purposes. Hemp is resource efficient and can be grown without fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides; it’s a great, all-around wearable fabric. The warmth of a natural textile, yet with super durability, hemp is long lasting and definitely here to stay.
Linen comes from flax and wrinkles aside, is easy to wear and light on the environment. Two to three times stronger than cotton, linen isn’t reliant on chemicals and pesticides to grow.
Ideal farming conditions set the stage for this wool yarn harvested from chemical-free sheep. It’s tricky determining what is or isn’t organic wool. This fact sheet helps.
What to some was a discarded plastic soda bottle to others provides warmth on a chilly day. Using plastic, not petroleum as the raw material, recycled polyester doesn’t create damaging environmental impact like original polyester. The most common uses for it are found in soft, comfy fleece jackets.
The next time you get dressed, think about where your fabrics got their start and what impact they had on the planet in order to get to you!