Image by The Cleveland Kid via FlickrBy Lucy Tomkins
Organic clothing, also known as "eco-friendly" fashion, has been in place since ancient times, and is certainly becoming a fixture of the modern fashion industry, in an attempt to provide fashion that is both friendly to the economy and to the consumer since organic materials are ones which are, for the most part, renewable.
Humane and Environmental Concerns: A Fashion Industry Dilemma.
While many colours are found in nature and are utilised in non-organic clothing, the fashion industry is fraught with dilemmas having to do with issues such as the outsourcing of production to "sweat shops" which pay exceedingly low wages to workers, the harvesting and processing of crops of cotton which have been heavily treated with either pesticides or chemicals, and the pollution caused by manufacturing plants.
Although other factors are involved, these three are the most popular for consideration of "damage control". Certainly, utilising organic materials vs. non-organic, and processing them by means that can better improve working conditions and reduce pollution to a significant degree can be accomplished.
Fashion Designers Who Care: An Introspective
Stella McCartney and Rogan Gregory, among others, have already started leading the fashion industry by example with their choices of renewable fabrics and improvements toward the working conditions of those who produce their clothing lines. While more designers can decide to perform similarly, it can take awhile in today's economy toward getting started in such endeavours. The good news is that others are thinking about following these examples, hence, organic clothing is already a reality, even in the tiniest of beginnings.
Part of the issue with designers and organic fabrics has to do with the nature of fashion, itself. Typically, fashion are designed to last for one to two total seasons, then they are retired to the wardrobe for possible, one-time consideration in the future.
A plus, in the many good reasons why organic fashion can become popular with a bit more support, is that organic materials are naturally designed by Mother Nature to last for a longer timeframe. The question posed by those who are sceptical about the future of organic fabrics with fashion have much to do with how such designs could be considered "trendy".
Organic Fabrics: An Overview
The fabrics currently utilised in today's organic fashions include cotton, hemp, soy, bamboo and other materials which are grown without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Fabric dyes typically come from nature itself, and organic dyes thus come from sources of flowers or other colourful plants, vegetation and fruits which are not treated with chemicals, either.
Totally renewable, organic clothing may yet become the hottest fad to ever have hit the modern fashion industry; only time will tell.
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