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5 Eco Friendly Materials That Make Great Clothes

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For most, sustainability and eco-friendly lifestyles are at the forefront of our values. Saving and protecting the environment is a huge, looming undertaking which can easily intimidate people. When the negative effects of production and pollution are so evident, it’s hard not to get discouraged by all of the work that still needs to be done. The only way we can truly make a difference is by making small changes to our lifestyles. If everyone started adopting small, eco friendly choices in their everyday lives, the results would add up to be huge. We would all see a difference with enough time and effort.

One easy switch people can make for a more environmentally friendly living is to choose sustainable fashion. When we stop to think about all of the resources that go into making a shirt or a pair of shoes, from the materials to the human and mechanical labor and to the fuel that goes into shipping the clothing to stores, it’s easy to see how much impact a single article of clothing has. Multiply that by all of the clothes in someone’s closet. Then multiply that by all of the people in a neighborhood, state, country, and even the entire world. Choosing eco friendly clothing is a simple action which can ultimately make a big difference.

Here are some easy ways that people can start wearing more eco friendly clothes:

Choose Eco Friendly Materials
The first place to start is obviously the materials themselves. Most clothing is made from cotton, polyester, wool, or other common fabrics. There are some ways to make these materials more earth friendly, and there are also materials that can be used instead of these. Here are some fabrics to consider:

  1. Natural Fibers: These fabrics are found in nature and are not made with petroleum.
  2. Plant Fiber: This is a natural fiber which is made from cellulose. The most common of course is cotton, but other plant fibers include flax, hemp, bamboo, soy, corn, and many others.
  3. Protein Fibers: Protein fibers are anything that comes from an animal, like silk, wool, angora, cashmere, among others.
  4. Man Made Materials: Lyocell and Polylactic acid fabrics are man made but come from natural materials.
  5. Recycled Materials: Everyone knows to reduce, reuse, and recycle to help the environment. Recycling doesn’t stop at newspapers and milk jugs, though. Materials can be recycled and turned into completely new fabrics.

Support Local Artists
When possible, it’s best to support local producers. This goes for local farmers and buying food from farmer’s markets and buying clothes from local artists. Not only does this allow them to stay in business, but it also cuts out the fuel and resources used to ship factory made products into stores. Plus, locally made products are unique and buying them allows for a relationship with the maker, rather than buying from a large, faceless corporation located far away.

Make Custom Clothing Labels
Instead of buying the latest styles from large department stores, it’s easy (and probably cheaper) to buy simple or used clothing and customize it. This can be so much more creative, but actually isn’t as hard as most would expect. And at the end of it there’s a unique, custom made item that can be worn with pride.

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  • Alvin Payne

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate all the eco friendly clothes. I have a few that are made of bamboo, and even recycled material. I think it’s good to keep our mother earth happy and healthy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003258057101 Facebook User

    Great article. We should all do our bit to the earth by making eco friendly choices including clothing .

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