“Eco-friendly” fashion choices mean not only reducing post-consumer refuse, but also pre-consumer waste and pollution. That is why designers and manufacturers are altering traditional design preferences to include more eco-conscious alternatives starting with the fabrics they choose.
Through smart wardrobe assessment you can give your closet a conscience; yet still embrace the latest fashion. What is being labeled as “Natural,” “Green,” “Organic”, or “Eco-friendly” fashion may seem like the latest trend however; this concept encompasses a unique characteristic. What you may ask? An unparallel staying power which sends the message that speaks volumes. This is one trend that is here to stay!
There are a few simple guiding principles to keep in mind when “greening” your wardrobe: cheap, poorly-made, clothing is likely to end up in a landfill sooner than a classic, high-quality piece. Buy vintage or used clothing, and donate or trade items when you're done with them. Look for clothes that are easy to wash and dry, air-dry whenever possible and try to avoid dry clean only items.
The next time your wardrobe gets a make over, consider one of these widely available “eco-friendly” fabric options:
- Bamboo: one of the most sustainable fibers made. Abundantly growing, without pesticides or fertilizers. Derived from the pulp of the plant, bamboo contains anti-bacterial properties which help us steer clear of sweat and stay dry. Therefore keeping us warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Hemp: renewable plant resource that requires very little irrigation, no pesticides or herbicides during cultivation, and produces 2-3 times more fiber per acre than cotton.
- Jute: a glossy fiber from a plant and often used to produce sacks, rope, and twine.
- Organic Cotton: grown without the use of toxic chemicals and it is not exposed to chemicals after the growth process. The production and use of organic cotton provides an environmentally sound option. Conventional cotton crops are usually heavily sprayed with pesticides. These pesticides contaminate our air, soil and water, so it is best to use them as little as possible.
- Organic Linen: extremely durable, made from the flax plant, grown without pesticides or herbicides.
- Polar Fleece & Polar Tec: made from recycled soda pop bottles.
- Silk: look for cruelty-free silk which allows wild and semi-wild silkworms to emerge from their cocoons before the silk is harvested, rather than killing them.
- Soy: from the residue of soybeans from tofu manufacturing, soy proteins are woven into a light, cashmere-like material that drapes softly over your body and has a bit of stretch.
- Tencel: extracted from sustainable harvested wood pulp; lightweight and wrinkle-resistant.
- Virgin wool: sheep are raised with sustainable agriculture methods, and the wool is minimally processed and free of chemical treatments.
Remember by making informed and conscientious decisions the next time you go shopping you will be well on your way to not only looking fashionably chic, but one step closer to living green.
Jasmine Megrabyan, Owner Soirée Verde
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