The first of many components to ethical, safe, sustainable fashions is shopping organically. This may be somewhat of a confusing thing to wrap your head around at first. Why care if clothes are “organic”? And how the heck is that even possible? We all realize organic foods are the safest to buy at grocery stores, so it would only make sense that what we are putting on our bodies every day is organic as well. Which in a world full of man made toxins today that are not only detrimental to our health but also the planet as a whole is incredible important.
Organic Textiles vs. Inorganic Textiles
So what makes a textile organic? First off, the fabrics we are purchasing today, whether it be synthetic or natural material (we’ll get into the difference of these two in a later article) are treated with many harmful chemicals, many that are actually outlawed in other products. Us consumers have no way of knowing this. We just like whatever feels good and looks good. We like new and change, and flexibility and fit. Affordability is a whole other component that ties into this. Just now are we starting to pay attention to what the process of creating these textiles that we love so dearly and can get with a nice buck is actually doing to us, our planet, humanity, animals, and the whole world around us.
Organic fabrics are made from natural fibers in which are preferably organic grown. However, what makes a fabric “organic” is not just the fact that organic fibers are used, but that the entire process was done using “clean” chemicals which have been found to be safe for humans.
Inorganic textiles is simply any form of fabric that is not organically made, whether it be natural, synthetic or man-made, and many times using very harsh chemicals that are not good for our bodies in any way shape or form.
Why Organic Textiles are The Way to Go
Whether we think about it or not, we are surrounded by different textiles and fabrics everywhere we go, whether it be clothing, furniture, cars, all the way to where we sleep at night. Fabrics consume many aspects of our lives.
Organic fabrics have a much lighter carbon footprint than conventional fibers, as they are not using toxic chemicals that are being used on inorganic fibers. For example, conventional cotton has a much higher carbon footprint than organic cotton due to the added chemicals to grow the cotton faster – many times being incredibly unsafe for humans.
How to Shop for Organic Fashion
Check the tag. If it isn’t labeled organic, it’s not. The definition of organic means “relating to or derived from living matter” so look for textiles that are naturally made from living matter – cotton, linen, hemp, jute, ramie.
Some Fashion Brands with Organic Textiles
After a lot of searching the good ole web, I’ve been able to find a good number of companies that offer organic clothing. Here’s a few, including a little preview on what they’re all about.
Happy Organic Shopping! 😉