Guest post by Mia from highstylife.com
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, which is why it is important to consider the impact the materials you wear have on the environment, especially when it comes to cotton clothing. There are many benefits of going organic for you, as well as the world around you. So, here are some reasons to start building a more sustainable wardrobe, as well as some tips on how to achieve this noble goal:
Organic materials are better for the environment
A considerable percentage of the world’s pesticide and insecticide, which are some of the most harmful chemicals in the world, is used on cotton crops. Apart from this, cotton crops need intense irrigation, and some estimates say they are the largest water consumers among agricultural crops. By choosing cotton which has been organically grown, you will contribute to reducing the amount of chemicals used to grow and produce the fabric, as well as the amount of chemicals that reach the groundwater, streams and oceans. Hemp clothing is also considered to be more sustainable because hemp is a sturdy, drought-resistant plant that requires virtually no pesticides or irrigation to grow for industrial purposes. Bamboo might be the most sustainable option, because not only does it not require any irrigation or chemicals for production, but it also detoxifies the air and produces more oxygen than the same amount of trees, thus benefiting both us and the environment.
Organic materials benefit farmers and producers
Cotton is still handpicked in many countries today, which means that plantation workers are exposed to an alarmingly high amount of dangerous toxins every day, which can lead to serious health issues, including cancer. On top of that, a lot of cotton field workers are mistreated, working under harsh conditions and paid inadequate wages. Thankfully, organic materials are certified and regulated in a lot of countries today, which ensures fair wages, high working environment standards and investments in their community’s development, both for farmers and the garment manufacturers, while also being safe from harmful toxic substances.
Organic clothing is better for you as well
The harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing process of cotton clothing can come into direct contact with your skin, leaving you at a health risk. This is why organic bamboo clothing may be the best and healthiest option. Bamboo is a self-replenishing resource that requires only rainwater in order to thrive, and it needs no toxic chemicals to grow tall and strong. Moreover, bamboo contains a natural antifungal and antibacterial agent, which gives the plant and the fibers incredible resistance. This also makes bamboo fabric hypoallergenic, and therefore the safest material for babies as well as people with various allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions.
Organic clothing is more comfortable and more durable
Being made from naturally sourced fibers, organic clothing is known for keeping its strength, shape and durability even after numerous wears and wash cycles. Materials like bamboo also require less washing, which plays a big part in their long life-span. It is an absorbent fabric that is also able to get rid of moisture faster, thus always keeping you dry and comfortable. Bamboo material is extremely gentle and soft on the skin, and it has been compared to some of the most luxurious fabrics while only costing a fraction of the price.
How to make your own wardrobe more sustainable
Most of us are not in the position to throw out our whole closet and replace it with organic and fair trade clothing. That is why you should start slowly, by buying just a few versatile items that can be worn throughout the whole year, such as jeans, trousers, T-shirts and workout gear. Another good idea is to make a list of the pieces that you want or need to replace in your existing wardrobe. This will keep you from making impulse purchases on unnecessary items just because of their low price tag, and the money you save can go towards good quality items you love and have a need for. Instead of throwing your unwanted clothes in the trash, think about selling or donating them. This will keep more garments from ending up in the landfill while giving someone else a chance to enjoy your gently used items.
Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.