Fabrics – Inspired by past; woven for the present & future
Guess what is the world’s first craft? Tailoring! Surprised? When Adam and Eve garbed themselves and were later banished, that was when the first tailored clothing came into existence. Fabrics Though clothing was the earliest of all ancient legacies, they were; at the same time difficult to preserve due to their organic nature. Clothing used in ancient times were organic and biodegradable.
Clothing is the outer garment of humanity, an indication that man is a creature apart. Clothing industry leaves a big environmental footprint with the use of the pesticide while growing crops, and with the chemicals that seep from the toxic dyes. One might not know about the leeched chemicals that seeped into the perfect shades of blue, red or any other hue in their apparels.
Carbon footprint of clothing industry
The vivid world of fashion apparels has a darker side too. The fact that fabrics consume a lot of energy and leave behind; along carbon footprint is an elephant in the room. Textile sector is one of the biggest reasons for greenhouse gases (gases responsible for trapping heat in the atmosphere; causing global warming). First, comes the issues related to weaving, dying and making the clothes. A second part of the issue is; what do customers do with the clothing once they are done with it. Much of them goes into landfills, and when decomposing, they release harmful gases. Dyes used in the fabric gets absorbed into the soil contaminating surface and groundwater. A pretty big problem.
Rule of thumb for eco-fashionistas is to keep out of synthetic clothing and use natural fibres like cotton hemp, linen etc. Discarded clothing from natural fibres can be recycled into seat cushions or any other product. They are biodegradable and when composted return to the soil to assist the growth of plants.
What makes clothes eco-friendly?
Today people are reaching out for ancient clothing practices and choose garments made of organic fibres. Clothes made from bamboo, hemp, and organic cotton are some eco-friendly options and are suitable options even for babies. Sustainable farming practices are adopting for growing organic fibres, a field is kept pesticide-free for around 3 years, and fibres are processed in par with organic standards. These clothes are eco-friendly, non-toxic, and dyes are environmentally friendly. These clothing companies also practice fair wages. Check out the labels of the garments next time you go on a shopping spree. Garments label under the Fair Trade Act is sustainable, produce under safe working conditions, sweatshop free, and the person who toiled behind this piece of clothing has earned his or her fair wage.
Live green; love green – the green fashion
By going organic, one does not need to give up the sense of fashion, something for the eco-fashionistas to be happy about. Designers and manufacturers are shifting their focus; inspiring a change for better; green options in the world of fashion. Green clothes are available in chic silhouettes, and classic shapes, which one can use to flaunt for the years to come. Go for classic collections that would not go obsolete in a short time and end up in landfills. Shopping would never be so much guilt free.
Garments are the skin we choose to wear, and what we wear, is that; what matters the most. Let’s make our fashion choices in a way that earth and environment are safer.
Good green fashion choices
- Fabrics made from natural fibres
- Clothes dyed with natural dyes
- Clothes made with recycled fabrics
- Garments made by fair trade labour