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A GUIDE TO
ORGANIC FABRIC ALTERNATIVES

With modern marketing gimmicks and "have it now" attitudes, it will do you well to evaluate your fabric choices. You'll be surprised to learn truth behind the widely popular terms "organic" and "natural". Your organic cotton sheets may not be an eco friendly choice after all. Put more effort into checking the labels, production processes, and even manufacturers.

Ask yourself what the most natural state of your fabric of choice is. Does it naturally wrinkle? Does it naturally come in this color? What process has it undergone to become this neatly packaged product? Also, how should take care of the fabric? If we ask the right questions and look for the most trusted labels, seeking truly organic, and eco friendly fabric alternatives, we can leave behind the smallest footprint possible. Let's check out some quality fabrics, a few that may surprise you.

Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the best choices in the eco friendly fabric market. Bamboo grows back efficiently without chemicals additions, repels odors, and resists bacteria. How cool is that? It is a very soft yet strong fabric, which is also nice, as you will be comfortably wearing it long past many other items in your wardrobe. There is an endless supply of products made from bamboo fabric. This includes every item in bamboo clothing, sheets, towels, handbags, and more.

Hemp

One eco friendly fabric that may jog your memory (depending on your age) is hemp. Our favorite President, George Washington, is noted to have worn clothes made of hemp. Now that we have restored its good reputation, let's talk about hemp's outstanding abilities and strengths. Hemp requires little or no chemicals due to its extremely strong and resistant fibers. Another great quality is its versatility. Anything from soft newborn onesies to eco friendly bedding can be made from this all natural plant. Just be careful when purchasing items made of hemp, because it is not regulated like other fabrics. Remember, ask questions and use common sense.

Lyocell

Have you ever heard of lyocell? Well, maybe not, but we know what it comes from; wood or wood pulp to be exact. As usual, double check the labels. Look for products with the least amount of processing possible. The greatest thing about lyocell is it is naturally wrinkle free, no time or energy wasted on ironing needed here! Another bonus, it's wood, so its totally recyclable. Tencel is the brand name for lyocell so either one is fine.

Flax

Next, let's rediscover linen, be picky when it comes to this fabric choice. Look for linen made from the flax plant. Stay away from "blends" mixed with other cheap and highly processed fabrics. Always buy organic linen without added chemicals to make it iron free. Linen, specifically from the flax plant, is also a greener way to beat the heat in the summer as it is naturally absorbent and lightweight. Choose colors carefully, check labels and make sure all natural products were used it creating that fashion statement.

With all these options in mind, there are a few other considerations to think of on this journey to save our planet. We need to support our local businesses and yes, there are still tailors out there, so give one a call and get those buttons sewn back on or that ripped seam repaired. When shopping for the latest eco friendly products, try walking or biking to your destination, you'll reduce your carbon footprint, and even save money!

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