What are organic and eco friendly fabrics?
Organic and eco textiles cover a wide range of natural and recycled fibers. Certified Organic textiles are grown in controlled settings with very little to no pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and are certified by an international governing body such as Control Union, IMO (Institute for Marketecology) or One-Cert. The term “eco textiles” refers to a select group of textiles that are made with as little impact to the environment as possible. Having a reduced carbon, energy and pollution impact when compared to the standard practices and methods used to produce familiar textiles. Generally, eco friendly fabrics are produced from crops that do not require pesticides or chemicals to be grown, use less water and energy, create less waste during production and processing and at the end of their useful lives (known collectively as their “environmental footprint”). Sustainable textiles also refers to man made fabrics that are produced from renewable sources such as bamboo, Tensel, soy and hemp.
There are many eco friendly fabrics whose benefits go beyond their positive social and environmental footprint. In many cases the fabrics we will discuss are softer, more durable, hypo-allergenic, UV resistant and more moisture absorbent than conventional cotton. Look for the next post regarding: “Is bamboo for you?” A silky, beautifully draped fabric that is good for you and our planet!
What you put “on” your body is just as important as what you put “in” it!