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Monday, March 19, 2012

Choose Eco-friendly Fabrics for Your Spring Wardrobe

By Diane

Clothes are one of those basic necessities that people just can't live without. There are so many choices when it comes to fabrics that it can be a bit overwhelming to understand. When you are shopping for your spring wardrobe, here are a few eco-friendly fabrics to keep in mind. While the prices may be a bit higher than traditional clothing lines, you usually get much more wear out of a high quality piece of clothing when compared to their cheaply made counterparts.

Organic cotton: Organic cotton is a non genetically modified crop (non GMO) meaning the fields it is grown in are more biologically diverse and therefore do not contain harmful substances that may irritate skin. It is also a much safer environment for farmers and laborers to work! It does not look or feel any different than regular cotton clothing but the benefits to you and the environment are great.

Bamboo: Bamboo fabric is a natural material made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. It is a very fast growing crop. The material made from it is very lightweight but strong and naturally absorbent. Some manufacturers use bleach to whiten the threads but others leave it in its natural state. The natural antibacterial property of bamboo reduces the survival of odor causing bacteria on your clothes.

Hemp: The fibers produced from hemp are very strong and grow to maturity in about 100 days. Hemp fabrics tend to 'breath' better than other fabrics due to the porous nature of the fibers and they also offer natural UV protection.

There are a lot of other factors to consider when updating your spring wardrobe. Look for clothes made locally or fabrics that contain only natural dies. Just shopping at your local thrift store is a more eco-friendly choice than buying an item new.

Have you ever tried eco-friendly fabrics?

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