9 Natural fabrics for a greener, better wardrobe

Do you ever pause to realize whether the clothes that you wear could in some way contribute to global warming? Have you ever wondered how these clothes are manufactured or what goes into making them the way they are? If you do, then you will probably come to realize that it is high time you revamped your wardrobe with natural fabrics instead. And here are some natural fabrics that would help transform your wardrobe into a more eco-friendly space for sure.

Bamboo

Bamboo fabric

Topping the list is the most renewable source of natural fabrics, bamboo. Bamboo fabrics are durable and contain antibacterial properties that would keep you safe from harmful pathogens in the process.

Organic Cotton

Organic Cotton

Cotton is no longer pure, with over 25% of it containing harmful pesticides. If you fancy cotton clothing, then you best bet would be to opt for organic cotton that has no synthetic chemical inputs and so, is not toxic. Another tip: Choose organic cotton clothing in natural colors or dyes to minimize your carbon footprint further.

Organic Linen

Organic Linen

Derived from the fiber from the flax plant that is grown sans any synthetic chemicals and artificial fertilizers, organic linen can be a great choice for your wardrobe if you want the latter to be more eco-friendly.

Industrial Hemp

Industrial Hemp

Although the name may deceive you, industrial hemp is an eco-friendly fabric. It is renewable and literally maintenance free. It also requires no fertilizers or pesticides to grow, and is easy to harvest. Better yet, it does not deplete the nutrients in the soil, thus making it one of the best eco-friendly fabrics you can opt for.

Jute

Jute

While jute bags were pretty popular a few years back, jute clothing has been made an entry into the markets only recently. The eco-friendly fiber is CO2 neutral, making it one of the greenest fabrics you can opt for. You can also dispose or reuse it easily.
Tencel

Tencel

This fully biodegradable fabric made from natural cellulose wood pulp. In addition to being made of wood harvested from sustainable forests, tencel requires less energy and water for production. It also has fewer emissions and is recyclable. Another great thing about tencel is that it is a wrinkle free fabric. This reduces the need for you to go after your fabrics with the iron box the first thing in the morning. Another added brownie point? It does not get bleached, meaning you can wash it innumerable times without worrying about the color fading off.

Milk and Soy Silk

Soy Silk fabric

Ever heard of a fabric derived from milk? Well, that is milk silk for you. This velvety fabric is obtained from milk and is renewable, thus making it a great eco-friendly choice for your wardrobe.

Soy Silk on the other hand is a fabric manufactured from the waste remnants of Tofu production. It is also derived from the byproducts of soy oil. This means no additional money or effort needs to be invested in harvesting the material for the fabric. Soy silk is very soft to the touch and has a velvety texture to it, making it the perfect choice for eco-friendly underwear.

Organic Wool

 Organic Wool

This renewable, fire resistant fabric needs no chemical inputs. However, of late, organic wool is gaining more importance owing to the fact that it requires no toxic sheep digs and is harvested from sustainable farming practices.

Alpaca

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This eco-friendly fabric is derived from the Alpaca sheep. These sheep are self-sufficient to a large extent, and do not require treatment with antibiotics or insecticides. The wool derived from these sheep is soft, comfortable and long lasting, thus making it an eco-friendly choice that would look great in your wardrobe.

If you are thinking about revamping your wardrobe with more eco-friendly choices, start by choosing the right fabrics. There are plenty of eco-friendly fabrics like cotton, organic wool, jute, organic linen and industrial hemp, etc. that can make your wardrobe a greener space.

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