Years ago, many years ago, clothing was made to last and styles never went out of style. Today though, to keep up with fashion trends and stay affordable, manufacturers have resorted to cheap fabrics and low paying jobs to make cheap clothing. Our wardrobes have become disposable in other words.
Fortunately today we have clothing that is being made from eco friendly fabrics, making them self-proclaimed green and sustainable. As a concerned consumer, how can you know if you are purchasing clothing that is made from sustainable fabrics?
You can simply by taking a little bit more time while shopping and the read the labels. The cheap materials are where the concern of clothing not being eco friendly lays, meaning they aren’t treated with chemicals and they come from places we know are regulated. Today, we are going to review 4 different types of fabrics that are commonly found to be made of eco friendly, all natural fabrics:
Alpaca: Alpaca sheep are eco friendly all on their own accord. Their fleece doesn’t require being injected with insecticides nor do they need to be treated by antibiotics. They don’t eat much and the wool made from their fleece is long lasting. The downside to Alpaca is that is often comes from other countries.
Bamboo: Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and grows easily without pesticides. It replenishes itself quickly and repels odor. Where it becomes uneco friendly is in the processing stage because of chemical component manufacturers use is toxic.
Cashmere: Who doesn’t like the feel of cashmere? It is a luxurious fabric that comes from the under-hairs of Kashmir goats. At one time, they were found only in the Himalayas but today they are raised around the world. It is a long lasting fabric but today, just like many fabrics, is mixed with other fibers, dyed with carcinogenic dyes and / or treated with chemicals to make it go further and keep the cost down. To buy a version of an eco friendly cashmere piece of clothing, it will be a pricey investment.
Hemp: Hemp does not require any chemicals to help it grow making it the most ultimate eco friendly fabric of all fabrics. It is an extremely versatile fabric that is strong enough to make a rope from and yet delicate enough for pajamas. However, hemp is not well monitored or regulated and could come from an area that has a lot of chemical use on other crops. Just like bamboo, there are claims that it is antibacterial as well.