FIVE Eco Friendly Fibers
Pros & Cons
I never used to think about the type of fabric I was buying or wearing, it was just something that never crossed my mind ..... so with some digging and learning I was quite surprised at what I found out and I will try and pass it along to you below👍
A NON Eco Friendly Fiber, the bad guy, is a Petroleum based fiber like Polyester, Nylon, Acrylic, etc.
To be more sustainable we really should try be independent of the petroleum based fibers. These fibers are not biodegradable and cause a problem when the garment reaches the end of its life. They also cause micro plastic pollution when the garment is washed over and over. Yes those fibers are super tiny but it still matters ! Synthetic fibers account for about 60% of textile fibers used in the world. Yes they are cheaper but they are a Petroleum based fiber 👎
So ...... here is some information on different Eco Friendly Fibers, the good guys 😊 Some are more sustainable than others so keep reading to get the details.
Number 5 Organic Cotton
Organic Cotton is harvested without the use of GMOs, pesticides, insecticides or other chemicals that could harm the environment. You can get it for a low cost and it's biodegradable. Cotton does not grow in Canada so it will always have to be imported. The harvesting of cotton requires a lot of water and is very demanding on soil making it not the best for sustainability.
Number 4 Bamboo
Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant in the world. Its cultivation requires no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Bamboo requires four times less water than cotton and is totally biodegradable. It can grow 3 feet tall in 24 hours - WOW. Bamboo also does not grow in Canada so it will always have to be imported. Bamboo clothing often needs to be blended with organic cotton or cotton in order to have a better texture.
Number 3 Eucalyptus (I can't even spell that word Hahaha)
Eucalyptus fabric absorbs moisture and prevents bacteria growth. It is extremely soft and suitable for sensitive skin, clothes are very easy to wash and almost wrinkle free. It is a 100% natural fiber extracted from eucalyptus wood grown in sustainable plantations.The fiber production process is environmentally friendly at all levels and it is totally biodegradable. Sadly Eucalyptus also does not grow in Canada .
Number 2 Linen ( I CAN spell that one 😄)
Linen is an awesome all natural fiber that requires no chemicals for growth. This fabric keeps us cool in summer and warm in the winter because the fibers retain air creating natural insulation. It is the most resistant fabric and does not pill or lose its shape and believe it or not it gets softer with every wash. Guess what ?? .... It CAN, yes it can grow in Canada but sadly the knowledge for processing, spinning and knitting linen remains to be developed in Canada. Oh, And this fiber wrinkles easily so you better own an iron 😄
Number 1 Hemp
Hemp is hypoallergenic and non-irritating to the skin. It is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics currently available. The plant is very naturally resistant to pests and growth requires little water. Hemp fabric is known for aging well; the more you wear it, the softer it becomes. It only takes 11 weeks to mature and it does grow in Canada but unfortunately Health Canada’s regulation is binding. You need to have a licence to grow, transform, and transport hemp so it can be tricky. Just like Linen the knowlwdge to spin and knit hemp remains to be developed in Canada so for now there is no fabric made from Canadian grown hemp. It is more expensive and the thread is often blended with organic cotton to reduce the price of the fabric and because hemp on its own is too rough for knits but its super sustainable and biodegradable.