In our last blog, we discussed the disposable world we live in today and how clothing isn’t made to last anymore. The styles come and go. And in order for clothing manufacturing to keep up with the styles, they use cheap materials and low cost labor.
The cheap materials are where the concern of clothing not being eco-friendly, meaning they aren’t treated with chemicals and they come from places we know are regulated. We discussed 4 different types of fabrics and today, we continue with 5 more fabrics that are considered eco-friendly.
Ingeo: This is a new fabric comes from corn by way of fermented plant sugar, which is one of the downsides to this fabric. Corn leaves are considered eco-unfriendly because of the land usage to grow corn as well as consideration of the pesticides and water use needed. However, Ingeo manufacturing requires half the energy cotton does in manufacturing, including organic cotton.
Linen: This material is made from flax which needs little to no chemical use for pest control. And because it looks good when wrinkled, you can put the iron away and conserve energy! It comes in natural shades and is available from companies that are eco-certified. Just as with anything that is available cheap, it could be made with chemically treated material.
Organic Cotton: You probably have seen organic cotton everywhere. It comes from conventionally grown cotton that packs a huge pesticide punch and is one of the most eco-friendly materials we have available today. However, some of it is not fair trade and may be processed with conventional dyes or has been chemically treated with products like formaldehyde to make it wrinkle-free.
Polyester: This product comes from petroleum, and one of the least eco-friendly materials. It take heavy processing create it, however companies are finding ways to make it from recycled plastic bottles or recycled polyester fabric. However, when buying it from resale shops and such, polyester is the greenest of all fabrics. As we’ve discussed here before, vintage clothing is the new “in” style.
Silk: Known to be used on high fashion and luxury fashion, silk is essentially a natural material that comes from silk worms and not a process of chemical-based synthetics. The drawback to silk if you’re vegan is the sacrifice of silk worms to make it. There is peace silk and vegan silk available, just read the labels.
To be eco-friendly with your clothing and other material items, simply do some research before buying. Do your clothes shopping at stores that are reputable eco-friendly who has weighed the facts themselves.