Green Is the New Black, Choosing Eco-Friendly as Your Fashion Style

 

There are countless ways in which what you are wearing not only exposes a lot about you, but also defines you up to a point. While some people only care about the aesthetic qualities of their clothes, about how it complements their features, or perhaps how popular its designer currently is on the runways; others use clothes to convey their belonging to a specific subculture, or simply to project an attitude and let people immediately know what they’re about.

 

Regardless of why your wardrobe looks the way it does, there is a way to make your fashion choices more significant and relevant to the world around you. Choosing to buy and wear organic clothing made of eco-friendly fabrics can have significant influence on both the environment and your health, while the market is more than broad enough, with numerous manufacturers, designers and brands to present you with all the choice you might need when it comes to the quality and appearance of the clothes. In hopes that more people will give this kind of clothing a go, we decided to list the main environmental and health benefits that come with this choice.

Environmental Considerations

While the legislation regarding what can and cannot be classified as ‘organic’ is not too clear or precise, generally it is accepted that organic clothing has to be made of completely organic fabrics (no pesticides or artificial fertilizers used in growing the plant material, if the fabric is plant based, and no toxic chemicals used in the processing of fabrics), cannot be dyed with artificial colors, impregnated with different chemical finishers, or contain more than 10% synthetic materials.

This is to say that the fields in which the plants (most commonly used and popular organic fabrics come from hemp and organic cotton) are grown don’t end up soaked in toxic chemicals, which would otherwise end up distributed through water and soil to livestock and people. Likewise, the manufacturing facilities don’t use toxic chemicals, which would also end up polluting the environment. When you consider the size and output of clothing industry, the benefit from manufacturers switching to organic clothing (which would only happen if more people started buying it) could be enormous.

Genetically modified seed cannot be used in the production of organic clothing, which, when combined with the fact that pesticides and fertilizers are also not tolerated, means that the yields can sometimes be quite lower. While this might be a problem when it comes to the production of organic cotton, it is not an issue with hemp. Hemp is a naturally resilient plant, which can grow rapidly without any chemical aid, and in fact, helps with the carbon sequestration.

Health Considerations

Apart from lowering the overall pollution levels, which will also have an indirect influence on your health, there are much more direct ways in which wearing this kind of clothing can benefit you. Considering the amount of time that your clothing spends in direct contact with your skin, and how all the harmful substances can easily get absorbed by it, especially if you are exercising or simply sweating a lot, making sure that your clothes are free of different toxins can play an important role in your overall health.

While the fact that your clothes are guaranteed to come without nickel, lead, artificial dyes, pesticide residue, or any other harmful substances is more important to people with sensitive skin or those who often suffer from allergies, anyone can benefit from this, as long term exposure to these substances can cause issues in even the most resilient people.

 

 

   

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