Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Benefits of Organic Clothing and Eco-Friendly Apparel

A tie dyed shirt. Photo taken my MpegMan.Image via WikipediaBy David Von Heelum

As many people are trying to get back to natural living, by eating foods that are grown organically (grown without the use of man-made chemicals), some suggest taking it a step further by wearing clothes that are made of only organic materials. A step in natural living that not only focuses on what we put into our bodies, but also looks at what we put on our bodies, i.e. the fabric in our clothes that touch the largest organ in our bodies, our skin.

There are clothing manufactures today that are producing clothes now that are produced out of organically grown material. Materials such as organically grown cotton, wool, and hemp are some of the materials from which organic clothes are manufactured. Bamboo clothing is even an option for those who are seeking organic apparel.

Organic clothing is an option for those who are trying to live a natural, healthy lifestyle as well as those who are concerned about the well-being of our planet. By wearing clothes organic, people can keep a lot of man-made chemicals from touching their epidermis, such chemicals as formaldehyde, bromines, urea resins and halogens just to name a few. Organic clothes are free from these chemicals, so that your skin is only in contact with the natural material from which your clothes were made.

Some of the chemicals that are found in clothes that are not made from organic material can cause an allergic reaction to those who are wearing the clothes. Additionally, when considering about what babies or toddlers wearing next to their skin, chemicals are absorbed through osmosis; there is always the possibility that a child that has a wet diaper might provide enough moisture to allow some chemicals to be absorbed. With organic infant clothes that risk can be minimized. Another example could be a tee-shirt that is soaked in sweat, could that provide enough moisture for osmosis? That is question that may or may not have an answer, but by wearing organic cotton t shirts that risk can be eliminated.

Besides keeping a host of chemicals from making contact with our skin, it has been stated by some that organic clothing is more durable and wears longer than clothes that are constructed from non-organic material. This is an appealing feature to organic clothing; for example, sometimes people have a favorite article of clothes, they like its looks, the way it wears, the way it fits, but then it wears out and is no more, an organic article of clothing that they were fond of may stay with them longer.

Additionally, clothes that do not wear out quickly are friendlier to our planet, since they do not end up in a landfill so quick. One might also think of the benefits of hand me downs from organic clothes that are more durable, often baby clothes are handed down, and there could be the possibility of passing down organic toddler clothes down to future generations. One of the durable organic materials that organic clothes are manufactured from is hemp, which from centuries past has been used and known as a tough, resilient material that has been used to make rope, paper, and clothing.

For those who are considering organic clothing for whatever reason that is might be, whether it be to try to live a more natural, healthy existence, to be friendlier to our planet or more durable clothes. Additionally, they will find articles and a blog that has information on clothing and green eco-friendly living as well.

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1 comment:

  1. Organic production has risen every year and will continue to rise. Organic production is a much healthier way to produce cotton. Organic cotton is produced without the use of pesticides and uses an organic fertilizer. The benefits of using organic cotton tend to be more about reducing the amount of pesticides that workers in developing countries are subjected to. There's a hideous figure - around 25,000 people die as a result of using pesticides in developing countries because there aren't safety regulations. They're not as tight as they are over here. If you are using cotton next your skin, your skin is absorbing 60% of whatever you put on it. So, the benefits of using organic cotton are two-fold. You're helping farmers in the developing countries and you're also protecting your health against potential skin problems.