Not everybody really knows what they are wearing. We do not read the label before buying the latest object of our desires.
I consider myself a shopaholic, now you know my weak point. Shopping is the weak point of I thing more the 99.99% of the all girls in the word.
But sometimes we do not consider the consequences of our mania.
In addition to draining our bank account, everything we wear has a weight in terms of environment.
As for the food clothes label are really important because the different material can affect the environment in many different ways.
We have to careful especially if we buy “cheep” clothes because they may contain high percentage of synthetic fibres.
As our populations continue to grow, this week we reach 7 billion, so the demand for textiles will continue to grow.
To meet this demand without sacrificing our health and the health of our planet, we simply must find sustainable textile solutions.
Nowadays it is possible to find what are generally identified as organic and eco textiles.
The term“eco textiles” refers to a select group of textiles that have a reduced
carbon, energy and pollution impact when compared to the standard methods used to produce textiles and manufacture clothing.
Generally, eco friendly fabrics are produced from crops that do not require pesticides or chemicals to be grown, use less water and energy to be produced and processed and create less waste during production, processing and at the end of their useful lives (known collectively as their “environmental footprint”).
The most common eco textiles are organic cotton, organic wool, hemp, Tencel, silk, bamboo.
There are myriad eco friendly fabrics whose benefits go beyond their positive social and environmental footprint. In many cases the fabrics we will discuss are softer, more durable, hypo-allergenic, stronger, UV resistant and more moisture absorbent than conventional cotton.
Why Go Eco? Here are some quick facts:
- Growing cotton uses 22.5 percent of all the insecticides used globally
- Growing enough cotton for one t-shirt requires 257 gallons of water
- The bleaching and then dyeing the resulting fabric creates toxins that flow into our ecosystem
- The use of rayon for clothing is contributing to the rapid depletion of the world’s forests
- Petroleum-based products are detrimental to the environment on many levels
- Conventional cotton represents 10% of world agriculture and uses 25% of the world’s pesticides (OTA)
- It takes 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to make one conventional cotton t-shirt!
- 7 of the top 15 chemicals used in conventionally grown cotton are classified as known or suspected carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Why we should buy organic clothing as opposed to conventional clothing?
- Conventional cotton consumes 11% of the world’s pesticides and 24% of he world’s insecticides, despite the fact that cotton only uses 2.4% of total arable land
- The main raw material used to produce polyester is oil- oil is a non-renewable resource so polyester production is not sustainable
- Polyester is not biodegradable- any polyester textiles that end up in the land fill will remain there for a very long time