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No doubt you may have noticed this new generation of eco fashion that seems to be swarming many brick and mortar stores and cyberspace (including this blog) over the past couple of years. This new breed of eco fashion can be as cool, stylish, fashionable, and as chic as you want it to be. Whether your style is more classic, simple, feminine, “street style” etc, there is something for everyone.
As a self proclaimed fashionista who love clothing and fashion, the temptation is great to empty my wallet and fill up my closet with eco friendly clothing. The question is, what exactly is eco or green fashion and is it worth it or necessary to make such purchases?
What makes clothing organic, sustainable or eco friendly?
Here are some key characteristics:
Cotton – The cotton used to make organic cotton clothing, accessories and housewares (sheets, towels, furniture, etc) are grown without the use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
Wool – Certified Organic wool comes from sheep that is fed an organic diet, are not given synthetic hormones, are not genetically engineered and are not pastured on pesticide laden fields.
Silk – Organic silk is made by worms that feed on organically grown trees.
Bamboo- Bamboo is one of the fastest growing, renewable resources on the planet. It is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. No chemicals are necessary in the production of bamboo clothing and housewares. (see update below)*
Eco clothing may be made from recycled fabrics, textiles, finishes even “fabrics” made from recycled plastics, aluminum and other materials.
-The fabrics used in production are not bleached, and no toxic dyes or cleaning products are used.
-The clothing is produced and manufactured locally (or at least in North America) to reduce the carbon footprint of having it shipped overseas.
-Last but not least, the clothing and accessories are not manufactured in an exploitive sweatshop environment, either domestic or international.
Now that we have a brief overview of what organic or eco friendly clothing is, what about the cost? This will be discussed in a future post.
*UPDATE: Grechen with Green Grechen wrote a post back in October about The Truth About Bamboo as an Eco-Friendly Fabric. Check it out and let us know what you think!