Eco-friendly production utilizes non-toxic materials and processes. It endorses manufacturing efficiency which reduces air and water pollution. It places great importance on conserving vital resources and preserving our environment and human safety.
Impressive! So what defines clothing as eco-friendly?
1. It’s made without toxic materials.
Conventional garments, often contaminated with chemical dyes, finishes, or synthetic pesticides left over from cultivation, may contain heavy metals and dioxins that are carcinogenic. These harmful chemicals can also cause skin irritations and allergies.
2. It’s created with sustainable, biodegradable, organic ingredients which don’t pollute or deplete the ecosystem.
Environmentally friendly apparel utilizes organic cotton cultivated with no synthetic pesticides and man-made fertilizers, as well as no genetically modified seeds. Conventionally grown cotton uses large quantities of pesticides and fertilizers which cause water and soil pollution. Another earth friendly fiber well suited to clothing is hemp. Hemp plants require little fertilizer or irrigation. Hemp also captures carbon gas which reduces the “greenhouse” effect. Finally, cotton, hemp, bamboo, soy fibers, and wool (like most natural components) are biodegradable.
3. It’s made from recycled materials, such as plastic bottles, which reduces trash disposal at county landfills.
Eco-wise clothing can also utilize recycled plastic shopping bags or plastic bottles. Environmentally friendly footwear may utilize recycled tire treads, shoe soles, shoestrings, as well as “leftover” materials from conventional footwear. Environmentally friendly clothing may also be created with “recovered” material gathered by dismantling used clothing.
4. It’s manufactured responsibly – safe for both garment workers and the environment.
Cotton farmed for environmentally friendly apparel must meet strict environmental standards, utilize sustainable farming methods, and contain no genetically modified organisms.
5. It utilizes production practices that do not exploit labor, especially in poor nations.
The Fair Trade Certified Apparel program directly benefits the farmers who grow the cotton as well as the workers who sew the garments. By agreeing to pay a 1-10% Fair Trade premium to a worker controlled fund managed by the workers, garment workers may invest in disaster relief, a scholarship fund for their children, or infrastructure improvements in their communities. Fair Trade enables sustainable development, community empowerment, and creates a more equitable global trade model.
6. It’s comfortable, fashionable, and (becoming) more affordable.
Environmentally sound clothing is not limited to plain, simple looking t-shirts, blouses, pants, and skirts. Not all fashionable eco-friendly apparel with beautiful designs is expensive. You may find fashionable dresses starting at about $50. And remember, lower toxicity clothing is naturally more comfortable to wear! Organic Tees are absorbent, soft, and comfortable to wear in warm weather. Earth friendly apparel made of soy fiber is pleasantly light-feeling and has anti-ultraviolet properties. Bamboo fibers and wool fiber clothing will keep you comfortably warm during winter and cool during summer!
There you have it! Eco-friendly apparel truly does have many benefits. Do both yourself and the entire Earth a favor by purchasing eco-friendly apparel!