Organic textiles are grown in controlled settings with no pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals. Only natural fertilizers are used and the soil and water are monitored. If a fibre is “certified organic” its growing conditions have been monitored and certified by an agency from organic trade associations worldwide. A fabric can be called organic as long as 95% of the fabric contains the organic fabric.
Eco-friendly fabrics are made from fibres that do not require the use of any pesticides or chemicals to grow. They are naturally resistant to mould and mildew and are disease free.
Why Go Organic or Eco-Friendly?
- Social responsibility: Chemicals and pesticides invade drinking water and groundwater, polluting its fish and even reaching human consumption.
- Biodegradable: Eco and organic fabric biodegrade naturally over time. Synthetic fibres eventually become waste and let off harmful toxins when they degrade.
- Health: Many people are allergic or dislike wearing synthetic textiles. Eco fabrics have all the properties of the new synthetic breathable fibres with added softness and drape. They feel better against the skin.
- Absorption: Not only do its chemicals reach into our groundwater, conventional clothing is worn next to our most porous organ- our skin. Organic and eco-fibres are natural and do not contain irritating chemicals. Many of them are also considered hypoallergenic and naturally anti-bacterial.
- Popularity: Organic foods have been around for a while and it is a natural evolution that organic and Eco-friendly fabrics will also gain popularity. Eco and Organic fabrics once considered an alternative are now entering into the mainstream.