5 Reasons to Switch to Natural Fiber Clothing

When shopping, most of us tend to focus on things such as the fit, the colors, and the cut of a garment. We’re concerned about whether it looks good on us or not, and if it does, the next thing we start considering is the price tag. However, in the modern world where global warming is a big issue and soil degradation leaves our lands infertile. We’re slowly becoming sensitive to other concerns as well—mainly, whether the clothes we wear are sustainable. Most of us have every intention of becoming more eco-friendly. And, we’re eager to make positive changes that will contribute to the betterment of our environment. That’s why switching to natural fibers and wearing better garments is so important.

Are you eager to make a change but aren’t sure how it can benefit you? Then let us show you!

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Cotton shirts image sourced from Everlane Facebook.

Fewer toxic chemicals

Most synthetic fabrics are really just a very soft version of plastic. To make fibers for things like nylon and polyester, they have to be chemically treated and go through a process called polymerization.  This is where they are soaked in solvents and then colored with dyes. There’s nothing inherently wrong with treating materials with chemicals, but the problem is that some of them are undeniably toxic. Formaldehyde, dioxin, and heavy metals are often used in the process, and all of these are shown to have some carcinogenic properties and that they can irritate sensitive skin. While the trace amounts found in clothing are insignificant at first, they can create a big problem when they start piling up in your body after years of wearing cheap clothing.
In contrast to that, organic clothing is much better regulated and goes through less processing than synthetic fabrics. Materials such as hemp, bamboo, and cotton are grown without the use of unsafe pesticides, and your skin is much less likely to soak up toxins and irritants.    

Sustainability and soil preservation

Those specific chemicals aren’t bad just for your skin—they’re bad for the environment, too. An excessive amount of fertilizer used to grow conventional cotton and other materials. And so much plastic is incorporated into the fibers means that the fabrics can’t degrade naturally. When tossed away, they end up in landfills where the toxins are released into the soil where they only damage it further.

Organic cotton is grown without the use of excessive poisonous pesticides, and it requires less carbon dioxide and energy to be grown. The same goes for all other natural fibers, too.

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Local organic brand, Organic Crew. Image from Organic Crew Facebook

 

Stylish options all around

One of the worries people have when they want to switch to natural fibers is that they’ll become limited. Limited to bland, misshapen clothing. Fortunately, this isn’t true at all. Not only are there a ton of small businesses who are completely dedicated to making their fabrics sustainable, but a huge chunk of big brands are switching it up as well. You can easily find gorgeous Puma sportswear and wear it without worry because this brand has vowed to start using more sustainable practices and a lot of their garments are made of 100% cotton. Nike and Adidas are also doing it, with Adidas making bigger leaps towards eco-friendliness every day.

The point is—don’t worry. Your fashion won’t suffer at all if you make the switch. So do your research. Find the brands that you like and that are jumping on board the green movement, and shop for quality items.

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Easy on the skin

Even if you disregard the fact that your skin will be in contact with fewer toxins, organic fibers simply feel incredible when worn. They are lighter, they are breathable, and they’ll make you sweat less. If you allow yourself to rely on your instincts, you’ll probably reach for natural clothes. And feel much happier when you put them on. They can also be very soft and pleasant to the touch, so their comfort is truly unmatched. Particularly because certain fabrics like bamboo have the ability to keep you warm during winter and cool during summer.

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Good investment for anyone

Are natural fibers more expensive? Some are, and in some ways, that’s a good thing. They’re more expensive because more effort is required to grow them successfully. This only means you’ll have to become mindful about what you buy. Instead of indulging in the fast fashion of huge chain stores that resort to sweatshop labor and other shady practices, you’ll have to truly consider a garment before you buy it. You’ll start investing in clothing that you actually love instead of just buying whatever is currently on sale. Natural fibers are also very durable and long-lasting, and they’re unlikely to fall apart after two seasons.

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Australian label Oakie. Image from Oakie Facebook

Overall, organic clothing is a great, sustainable choice. Shopping for the right garments will have a positive impact on both you and the environment, so start making plans to introduce these items into your wardrobe.

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