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Facts about Environment-Friendly Organic Fabrics

Updated on January 30, 2017
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A graduate in botany, Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about plants that help sustain life on planet Earth.

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What is organic?

Organic means environment-friendly or eco-friendly. Organic produce should follow strict guidelines set by the organic certification boards.

The important factors for organic cultivation are -

  • The cultivation of organic crops should not harm soil, water or air
  • Less or no pesticide, insecticides, fertilizers or chemical substances should be used for growing the crop.
  • Should not disturb the eco-system in any way.

Why Organic Fabrics?

Organic fabrics are good for your skin because they are grown without using any chemicals. When skin comes in contact with clothing containing pesticides/insecticides/chemical substances, the skin can develop rashes and adversely affect the skin.

Pesticides have been linked to illness such as allergies, stomach upsets, asthma, etc. Organically grown crops are eco-friendly and are a way of going green to support the earth.

Choosing to buy organic fabrics is a way of being eco-friendly and supporting the growth of life on earth.

What are Organic Fabrics?

Organic fabrics are made from natural fiber such as cotton, hemp, bamboo, wool and silk which have been grown without the use of chemicals that can harm the environment. Added to this the soil on which these plants are grown must not be subjected to any chemical treatment for a period of three years.

Organic fabrics must be dyed with natural dyes or dyes with a low impression on the ecosystem damage. There are special certifications for organic products. The farmers should follow all the rules and regulations stated for growing the organic plants.

Organic Woven Fabric
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Natural Sources for Organic Fabric Production

Organic cotton does not use pesticides or insecticides and is grown in strict adherence to organic certification rules and regulations.

The non-organic cotton production uses high levels of pesticides. Cotton production uses more chemicals per unit area than any other crop and account for 10-16% of the world’s pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Chemicals used in the processing of cotton pollute soil, water and air.

Hemp has positive effects on the environment and does not pollute the air, water or soil. It increases the richness of the soil and is a natural weed suppressor. Hemp plants shed their leaves throughout the growing season and adds rich organic matter to the topsoil. They also help to retain moisture in the soil. Hemp is an excellent ecological alternative to non-organic cotton.

Bamboo fabric is great for making summer clothes. Bamboo is eco-friendly, and they release 35% more oxygen than other trees. Bamboo plants help reduce soil erosion and can survive extreme drought conditions.

Ingeo is an eco-friendly man made fiber. This fabric is made from corn. It does not absorb odor or stain. It is durable and has high UV resistance.

Calico fabric is made from unbleached cotton and is eco-friendly to the extent that it does not use any harmful dyes for coloring the fabric.

Tencel is 100% biodegradable and is made from cellulose derived from wood pulp.

Organic linen is made from flax seeds or produced from organic cotton or hemp.

Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers, eight times stronger than cotton.

Organic Linen is Linen that is made from flax fiber grown organically.

Other organic fabrics are spider silk, soy silk, and milk silk.

Choosing to wear organic fabrics is an eco-friendly step towards supporting planet earth.

© 2012 Nithya Venkat

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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Mike Robbers thank you for stopping by. You are right better for individuals and the environment.

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      Mike Robbers 

      6 years ago from London

      Very good information. I am a strong believer in really natural fibres. Better for us as individuals, better for the environment.. thanks!

    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      Jackie Lynnley yes it is a great idea. Thank you for reading and for your comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      7 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Organic materials, what a great idea! I mean I guess it has always been here,huh? Very interesting info! Voted up.

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