You don’t have to be an activist marching on the streets shouting for radical change, but you can make a subtle statement with the clothes you wear. By choosing organic clothing, you can show your love for Mother Earth, as well as promote your own healthy lifestyle.
To be a fashionista is one thing, to be conscious about wearing what can be safe to the environment is another. Although, you can be a fashionista with organic clothing, as eco-fashion is now an increasing trend.
When we say organic clothing, we refer to the materials produced from fibers that are raised in or grown naturally in compliance with organic agricultural standards. These materials are not treated with synthetic chemicals. Instead, farmers who grow them use only natural methods to manage soil quality, diseases, pests, and other farming problems.
Among the most popular organic fabrics produced and available in selected outlets include organic cotton, organic linen, jute, silk, ramie or wool, tencel, hemp, bamboo, pineapple, banana, leather, and organic recycled fibers.
Admittedly, though, clothes made from any of these fabrics may cost higher than those made from synthetic or conventional materials. But, beyond the cost are tremendous benefits both for your skin and for the environment.
Hypoallergenic. Organic fibers are hypoallergenic and do not contain pollutants, chemical-based dyes, resins, or formaldehyde, irritants that can trigger dermatological conditions and other allergic reactions to users.
Bamboo clothing, for example, is naturally antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-static, UV protective, flexible, and softer than silk when spun into yarn. It also absorbs sweat very quickly, keeping the wearer feeling dry and comfortable.
Bamboo-made clothes are oftentimes called ‘clothes that caress’ because of its softness and skin-friendly quality.
Toxin-free. Organic clothing are free of toxins because they are grown using only natural fertilizers, compost and soil amendments, and natural methods of controlling pests.
Safe to human and animal health. Since organic farming does not use toxic and chemical-based herbicides and pesticides, it is safe to farmers, farm workers, employees, as well as to the larger community around the farm. Animals are also free from the effects of harmful chemicals.
Environmentally friendly. Not only is it safe to human and animal health, but organic farming also enriches the soil to its full potential, and rehabilitates those portions that have been damaged by too much chemical content. The nitrogen compounds from fertilizers, for example, enter the atmosphere and contribute much to global warming. Excess nitrates percolate through the soil and contaminate both surface and groundwater sources.
On the other hand, organic farming takes around 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per acre per year from the atmosphere. And, this means a lot!
Organic cotton farming alone produces considerably less carbon dioxide emissions, and uses up to 60% less water than conventional farming methods. Likewise, all natural fabrics are biodegradable, making it easy on the environment.
Durable. You would be pleasantly surprised to know that organic clothes are durable.
Hemp, which is perhaps the most durable of all natural fibers, is more porous than cotton and can last for years.
Meanwhile, tests show that an organic cotton or bamboo-made clothes can last over a hundred machine washes before its fibers begin to break apart.
Because of its durability, you are assured that organic clothes are more economical in the long run.
Superior quality. The pineapple or piña fabric, for example, which is often used in wedding dresses, gowns, and other formal attire may look simple but it exudes a natural elegance. It has a natural shimmer that it no longer requires synthetic finishing treatment. Many fashion designers even use it to clothe celebrities and personalities.
Organic cotton, on the other hand, has a natural wax that keeps it smooth.
Hemp is also antimicrobial, mold-resistant, UV and UVB rays protective, and keeps its user dry.
In other words, organic fabrics are far more superior in quality than its synthetic counterparts.
Organic clothing has gradually entered into the mainstream fashion; although, many department stores worldwide are yet to carry this line. But with the increasing people’s awareness about climate change, global warming, and sustainability, it would not take very long for people to adapt to this kind of lifestyle.
Aside from clothing, natural fabrics also make good material for bed sheets, table linens, handkerchiefs, bags, mats, fans, and other useful materials and novelties.
Just like in any other products, organic clothing has also its own disadvantages. Although, these can be remedied with proper care.
- Since organic linen is not treated with anti-wrinkle chemicals, it has the tendency to break with constant creasing, especially along the collar and hem parts of the garment.
- As mentioned earlier, organic clothing are more expensive than its conventionally-manufactured counterpart. That is, if you don’t consider its long time benefits.
- Not every country imposes specific standards or laws regarding organic clothing. That’s why it can be possible that manufacturers can mark its items as organic even if it contain non-organic chemicals.