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Get Your Eco-Friendly Fashion On

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

Of course you want to look good all the time and your choice of clothes certainly reflects that. However, the behind-the-scenes story of what, where and how your wardrobe is produced may be surprising, especially if you consider yourself a green supporter.

Get your Eco-Friendly fashion on by revamping what clothes and accessories you choose to purchase going forward. It is yet another opportunity to up your green game and literally walk the walk in the some sustainable shoes, shirts and more.

The Trickle Down

Choosing the right fabric is essential to Eco-Friendly fashion. The most popular fabrics are:

  • Cotton
  • Rayon
  • Wool
  • Oil-based synthetics: polyester, acrylic, nylon, spandex

It is however, oil-based synthetics like polyester that are at the top of the Eco-Unfriendly chain as they are derived from crude oil that requires high energy extraction and melting of plastic manufacturing. Plus, when these break down they are far from compostable as residue can leach into waterways and subsequently fertilizer which cycles into plants, livestock and you.

This trickle down effect shows the potential, slow, toxic environmental accumulation which, over time, is believed by some to indirectly be an underlying contributor to many cancers.

What Else Not to Choose

Revamping your wardrobe understandably takes time but eventually you may be able to swap out oil-based synthetics as well as other environmental drains such as:

  • Leather - Unethical treatment of animals as well as agricultural methane global warming contributor.
  • Rayon - Derived from wood pulp and threatens water conservation.
  • Non-Organic Cotton - Most pesticide intense crop and chemically treated material on the planet threatening humans and wildlife.
  • Polycotton - According to Green Choices, “virtually all polycotton (especially bedlinen), plus all ‘easy care’, ‘crease resistant’, ‘permanent press’ cotton, are treated with toxic formaldehyde (also used for flameproofing nylon).
  • Wool - Avoid wool from UK farms that use organophosphate sheep dip which creates serious hazards for both agricultural and craft workers.
  • Dyed - Avoiding dyed fabrics conserves water, reduces river/ocean pollution, and cuts down on heavy metal exposure.

Stick To

As you travel along your new Eco-Fashion path look for materials that tell a story. Many offer transparency advertising that tout various attributes including fair trade supported practices, organic manufacturing, recycled and sustainable materials usage.

Materials with a more sustainable footprint include:

  • Organic cotton
  • Organic wool
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
  • Bagasse (from sugar cane)

You can also keep an eye out for clothing tags that show use of recycled-upcycled material saved from landfills, Eco-friendly treated, and repurposed for safe wear.

One pioneer for recycled-upcycled usage is Rachel Faller who started her company Tonlé. Her products are completely void of virgin materials saving tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.

Green Matters describes her mission:

“By upcycling discarded pre-consumer fabric from clothing factories, she transforms fabric destined for the trash can into treasured clothing, bags, and jewelry. Based in Cambodia, Faller’s team regularly visits manufacturers to save hundreds of pounds of scrap materials from landfill. Once saved, her production team works to make sure every single scrap is put to use. Large scraps are cut down to make clothes while smaller pieces are made into a yarn like material to be woven. For the tiniest scraps, the company has created a formula for paper which allows them to turn small bits of scrap into hang tags and office paper. Through this process the company is able to close the loop in production while working in tandem with their zero waste mission.”

Faller is one example of many young and old entrepreneurs alike paving the way for a whole new fashion industry sector that may one day be the norm.

Ethical Tools

Yup, there are even apps to inform you of ethically made clothing and other goods such as non-toxic cleaning products, bath and spa products, as well as materials derived from workers under inhumane conditions.

Apps to try are:

  • GoodGuide
  • Free2Work
  • Shop Ethical
  • aVoid
  • The Higg Index

 

Get your Eco-Friendly fashion on and stop supporting consumer driven global health and human threats. In due time your wardrobe will consist of green choices that pay it forward to a more sustainable future.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Defining Green, Green Living, Health and Safety, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Save Energy and was tagged with COMPOSTABLE, CONSERVES WATER, Eco-friendly fashion, ENERGY EFFICIENT, ethical material, green clothes, organic cotton, SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS, solar energy

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