Happy Earth Day! The Daily Bottle is a fan of anything that make our world a better place. If you ever question, what actually makes a piece of clothing ‘organic’ or ‘all-natural’, well wonder no more. Here I give you the low-down on 3 popular planet friendly fabrics, the good and the nasty.
SILK. Silk is a natural fabric, it does have a lot going for it: it’s renewable and biodegradable. Silk comes from ‘silk worms’. There is a drawback though, which is not too eco-friendly. The silk worms go through a very ugly process to make the silk. They are dropped in boiling water and killed to get the silk fibers. This is the main reason why Vegans don’t buy or wear silk. Also, unless you live in Asia or India, there’s a nearly-non-existent chance that your silk was made locally, and to get the smoothness of natural silk means washing the silk fibers in an alkaline bath—which can reduce the weight of the silk by as much as 20 percent, inspiring some producers to add weight with tin-phosphate-silica salt. The upside: Look for a new generation of silk producers which label their garments, ‘peace silk’ or ‘vegan silk’.
ORGANIC COTTON. This is the most popular of eco-friendly products. So what makes a cotton ‘organic’? Organic cotton is the version of its conventional counterpart grown without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers or any other chemicals. Cotton is one of the most chemically-dependent crops. So be forewarned that labels won’t tell you everything and that you have to dig deeper to get the whole story. Whenever possible, if buying organic cotton, look for shades that it is naturally grown in: cream, pale green, and light brown.
CASHMERE. As you probably already know, cashmere comes form the cashmere goat – makes sense. But many cashmere goat farmers raise these goats in less than desirable conditions and feed the goats all kinds of nasty foods in order to get the goat’s fur to grow faster and thus produce more cashmere. Not so with eco cashmere. If your looking to find eco-friendly cashmere, look for farmers that allow their goats to run free-range, and donate their fur when the times comes, rather than being chemically produced to grow and to be worn.
5 Eco-Friendly & Budget-Friendly Brands to check out:
1. ♥American Apparel
**Stella McCartney – not so budget friendly, but Stella is a Vegan and has a huge involvement in social and environmental awareness.