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How To Make Your Wardrobe Green

Organic clothing is out there and it’s on the rise.  Fashion designers are using recycled fabrics to create the fabulous looks that are in season.  There are several benefits to choosing organic clothing, several of them being these:

-If you have skin sensitivities, the pesticides, herbicides, chemicals and artificial dyes present in regular cotton can aggravate dermatological conditions. On the other hand, organic fibers are hypoallergenic and free of chemicals or pollutants. Clothing made from the bamboo plant is antimicrobial, which means that it kills bacteria naturally.

-Clothes made from organic fibers are surprisingly durable. A regular cotton T-shirt should last for approximately 10 to 20 machine wash cycles before the fibers within the material begin to break apart. Clothes made from materials such as bamboo or organic cotton last for more than 100 machine washes. Hemp clothing, made from one of nature's most durable materials, lasts for decades.  Clothes that last longer and keep their color longer are more economical, because they don't have to be replaced as often.

-Traditionally-grown cotton is heavily processed after it is harvested. During the crafting stage, the cotton is stripped of its natural waxes, and synthetic wax is added, along with soil and flame retardants, bleaches, chemical softeners as well as formaldehyde spray. Organic cotton, on the other hand, retains its natural wax and therefore its characteristic shine, weight and smoothness. Hemp has been used to make clothing for thousands of years and is now being rediscovered, because the material is antimicrobial and mold resistant, blocks UV and UVB rays and helps keep moisture away from the skin. These qualities have led many people to believe that organic fabrics are superior in quality to synthetic fabrics.

-The environmental principles of fair trade are embodied in fair trade practices such as providing safe work environments, developing responsible trade relations, creating equal employment opportunities and positively impacting communities. With traditional cotton farming, the sheer amount of chemicals used in the process makes the working environment unsafe for employees and pollutes neighboring communities. This is one of the greatest benefits of organic clothing, because the growing process is nontoxic for both employees and locals, which supports many of the fair trade or environmental principles.