Many different types of clothing can be eco friendly depending on their manufacturing process and/or materials used. It can be made from recycled or reused fabric and can be organic.
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Examples of eco-friendly clothing and fabrics are:
Bamboo fabric, which is created from the bamboo pulp.
Organic cotton is eco-friendly as it uses no pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides during the growing cycle.
Recycled Fleece has many benefits for the environment and economy. For example lessening our dependence on oil (foreign oil), reduces discarded clothing, and is said to create less air, water and soil contamination.
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Organic Cotton: No chemicals or unnatural dyes used in making this. Great option.
Silk: MORALS BEWARE :silk worms are thrown into boiling water after the silk is retrieved but there are options for “peace silk” and vegan silk, which are gathered after the moths have moved on. Look for silk that is dyed naturally.
Bamboo: Grows quickly and without pesticides. It is also naturally antibacterial and repels odor (from what I read). Be sure your bamboo is not treated with chemicals.
Polyester: Regular polyester is a byproduct from processing oil BUT there are companies making polyester from plastic bottles.
Lyocell: Made with wood pulp, thus is biodegradable and recyclable. It is naturally wrinkle-free. Check labels to make sure it is made sustainably and without harsch chemical dyed.
Soy: Soft and silky byproduct of processing soy oil. Check for organic, sustainable and eco-friendly.
Hemp: Does not require chemicals to grow, although it is not regulated very well. Do your research on particular products or companies.
Cashmere: Very long lasting and comes from the undercoat of Kashmir goats. Do not go for the cheap and chemical lased stuff. This is quite the inverstment if you are interested, but it will last a lifetime.
Linen: Made from flax, which does not require many anti-pest chemicals.
Alpaca: Long lasting wool that comes from Alpaca sheep, which do not require antibiotics nor do they eat very much.
Ingeo: Made from fermented plant sugars (derived from corn) and requires half the energy required to make cotton (even organic). The downside is conventionally grown corn leaves a large carbon footprint.
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