Global warming, soil erosion, ozone depletion are among the words that spell 'crises'. The world has been pushing forward to curb these problems with everything we possibly can do, right from the steel industry to technology, and from oil exploration to agriculture. When everyone is doing their bit and making an effort to help Mother Earth, the fabric industry wouldn't be far behind.
The Goodness of Organic Fabrics
Non-organic fabric goes through various processes during manufacturing where it comes in contact with multiple toxic chemicals. This is not limited to only manufacturing. Even the packaging process of these fabrics involves contact with harmful chemicals.
Organic fabric, on the other hand uses techniques that extract the toxic substances and make these fabrics environment-cum-skin friendly, thus being known as sustainable fabrics. Basically, it is a fabric made from animal or plant fiber that is grown and processed without using any chemical products. No synthetic substances are used in the manufacture or processing of organic fabric. It is available in different material varieties. Cotton, wool, silk, and bamboo are among the most popular variants.
Organic cotton fabric is utilized for products like baby diapers, sanitary products, cotton swabs, bed sheets, pillow cases, and towels. Wearing clothes made from organic cotton fabric is beneficial for those who are allergic to certain fabrics as skin allergies gain no opportunity to develop when you wear this clothing. When you buy bed sheets and pillow cases made of organic material, you are doing a good job of protecting your family from pesticides and dyes. This could prevent skin allergies and rashes.
Pesticides when found in ordinary cotton fabrics, apart from leading to allergic reactions, may also be responsible for causing nausea, asthma, neurological disorders, and could even cause cancer. When discarded, organic fabrics do not return toxic chemicals to the environment as none have been used in their production or packaging.
People are eventually realizing the importance of organic fabric and are now purchasing it. However, the downside is the cost factor. It is a little expensive which results in a lower sale and purchase. Reputed clothing brands are now offering this line at their display frames for greater visibility, as a majority are still not familiar with the idea. Gap, Nike, and Levi's offer a wide range keeping the parameter of pricing in mind. Good-looking sports clothing tops the popularity charts.
Gaiam is on a high with its ActiveSoy range which is made from soy leftovers like soybean oil, soy milk, and tofu. Patagonia, a leader in this segment is doing well on the pricing factor for its customers. Thus, we do have retailers that manufacture and offer this fabric. The more fabric you buy, the cheaper would be the price for each yard. It should be a good idea to purchase in bulk, not just for your family but by getting together with other families too. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that this has been done by many local communities and the wholesale purchase has proved to be an economical affair.
As organic clothing becomes more prevalent and affordable, it sure will be accepted and loved by all. It could be termed as a borderline vegan wear as it supports and thoroughly propagates attire that respects nature. The fabric primarily concentrates on refining beauty and not defiling nature. For us individually, it's like embarking on a detoxifying spree too. Do remember that your contribution of going organic with clothing, counts in saving the environment in its own small way.