It is easy to ignore the origin of the clothes that we wear. They show up looking pretty and flashy and ready to be bought at popular retail shops. When buying clothes, the first thing that crosses our mind is price and not the process it took to get there. Many of the ‘fast fashion’ clothes we like to wear cause serious damage to animals and our planet.
Did you know that nylon and acrylic fabrics give off thousands of tiny plastic microfibers when they are washed? These fibers travel through sewage systems and end up in the ocean where marine species ingest them. These plastics can be found in the fish that you eat, which means that you are actually consuming tiny bits of plastic that came from the clothes we wear. Cotton is known to be the most pesticide intensive crop, which is polluting the water and contributing to the death of bees. Bleach and toxic chemical dyes are used to colour fabrics and some permanent-press clothing is even treated with formaldehyde.
It is extremely important to know not only how clothes are made, but also what they are made with. Sustainable clothing is the need of the hour. Choose clothes and fabrics that are organic and that will last you for a long time. Nowadays, sustainable clothing is easy to find on the internet. Here are some fabrics that are eco-friendly, that do not harm the environment, the animals, the planet and your conscious.
– Source: One Green Planet, Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons