March 30, 2010

Eco Friendly Fabrics

A Guide to “Green” Fabrics

Men and women primarily used to look for comfort and style when shopping for clothes. Now, ever since the “green movement” has ignited, people are now also checking for Eco-Friendliness. Due to the growing demand for “green fabrics” many clothing companies offer lines made from eco-friendly fibers. Not just outdoor clothing outfitters do this but even designers and well known fashion labels have been catching on. The list below will make it easier for you to read clothing labels and will help you make environmentally conscious choices next time you go clothes shopping.

What Makes a Fabric Eco-Friendly?
The less harming the process of making a fabric is to the environment the more eco-friendly it is. Eco-friendly fabrics generally have some of these characteristics: First of all eco-friendly fabrics should never harm animals. Fur and leather is out of question. Acceptable is wool as long as the wool is shorn in a way that is not harming to the animal. Second, if the fabric comes from plants, no (or only very limited) chemicals and pesticides should be used and sustainable farming practices have to be in place. Finally the production has to adhere to fair trade practices and should not discriminate against, or harm humans involved in the manufacturing process.

The Fabrics:
The following list includes fabrics and textiles that are common for eco-friendly clothing: Hemp, Jute, Ingeo, Calico, Hessian Cloth, Organic Cotton, Recycled Polyester, Bamboo Fiber, Tencel, Ramie, Organic Wool, Organic Linen, FORTREL, Milk and Soy Silk, Nettle Fiber, Spider Web Fabric. For more information on some of these fibers please click on each name.

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