Well, this is my earnest attempt to write a hub about a topic that I consider to be under-exposed but yet so vital to helping our planet, and that’s organic clothing. If you’ll notice I made the theme of this blog in the color GREEN because I strongly believe in living an environmentally responsible lifestyle, living in a way that respects Mother Nature and Mother Earth, because as human beings, we have all but screwed up our planet up until now. Only until recently (and when I say recently I mean in the past 10 to 15 years) did any kind of environmental awareness really begin to make headway, even though the problems that affect our environment (i.e., air quality, water quality, nutrient value of our soil, etc.) have been brewing for much longer than that. I think a major breakthrough happened when AlGore began to expose the global warming issue (or climate change, whatever you want to call it) with his documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”. Now some would claim that he has been promoting “pseudo-science” and things of that nature, but the bottom line is that our world is not the same as it was about 100 years ago when industrialization really showed up on the human landscape. Since then our factories and big industries have cranked out more pollution than you can shake a stick at, and the rampant growth of effects from chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and so forth have really had a profound effect on the quality of our ozone layer and so forth. To some it seems like an incurable problem given the size of it, but if everyone continues to think that way, what good will we be to future generations? Just think if MartinLutherKingJr. decided that civil rights was “too big of an issue” to tackle…what would our society look like today? Much worse, I guarantee you that. I feel the same with these issues of environmental responsibility…we CAN do something, and we should do something if it’s in our hearts to do it.
Organic Clothing: Eco-Fashion
This leads me to the whole thing about organic clothing. Also referred to as eco-clothing, eco-wear, or eco-fashion. It’s definitely something that deserves an increased awareness, because a lot of times we don’t realize how much crap goes into the making of the average, run-of-the-mill clothing products that are out there nowadays. If you think about it, the quality of the shirt or pants you’re wearing will be determined by the quality of the fibers that make up the cloth. If the fibers are all-natural, meaning no chemical treatments of any kind (including but not limited to wrinkle-free, fire-retardant, stain-resistant, etc.), you will have a much more environmentally responsible piece of clothing to wear, versus the average piece of clothing that gets put through the ringer with all kinds of dyes, harsh chemical treatments, synthetic finishes, etc. The average non-organic garment also is usually made of fibers that are grown using chemical fertilizers, harmful pesticides, and so forth. But organic clothing is made from all-natural fibers, including hemp, wool, alpaca, ramie, cotton, etc., using a growing process that is free from harmful man-made chemicals, and they are a much more eco-friendly way to go.
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