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7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics and Where to Buy Them

Eco-friendly fabrics are an alternative to synthetic, petroleum-derived fibers such as nylon, polyester, and acrylic, and are grown without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides. Synthetic fibers make up about 60% of all textiles used in the world, and pesticide-grown, water-intensive cotton makes up about 30% of all textiles, leaving only 10% for all other fibers.

Synthetic fibers cause microplatsic pollution when the garment is washed and chemicals and pesticides used in fabric production end up seeping into our ground and drinking waters, polluting all forms of life, or can even be absorbed through the skin while wearing them. But even if they are grown without harmful substances, some fabrics can still cause pollution during processing through textile chemicals like dyes, chlorine gas, acetic acid fumes, kerosene, diazotisation fumes, and acid fumes. When chemical processing is unavoidable, the key for environmental friendliness is proper waste disposal.

7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics

eco-friendly Banana fabric made from banana leaves

·  Aloe Vera Fabric – Naturally anti-bacterial, so it keeps clothes cleaner and combats body odor. 100% biodegradable and recyclable. Fabrics can be found at zsfabrics. Clothing can be found at carrotbananapeach.

·  Bamboo Fabric – The fastest growing plant in the world. Cultivation requires 4 times less water than cotton and completely biodegradable. Bamboo forests absorb 35% more carbon dioxide than any other forest. Fabrics can be found at simplififabric and clothing can be found at bambooclothes.

·  Banana Fabric – Bonded by natural gums made of thick-walled cell tissue. Banana fibers can be easily blended with cotton or other fibers. Fabrics can be found at samatoa lotus or zsfabrics.

·  Hemp Fabric – Grows quickly and does not exhaust the soil of its nutrients for future crops. Hemp is extremely durable and becomes softer with every wash. Fabrics can be found at hemptraders and clothing can be found at hempest.

·  Lenpur Fabric – A biodegradable fabric made from white pine tree clippings. Dubbed the “vegetable cashmere” it keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Fabrics can be found at lenpur.

·  Soy Silk Fabric – Made from tofu manufacturing waste and has a high protein count so soy silk is very receptive to natural dyes. Fabrics can be found at zsfabrics.

·  Nettle Fabric – Antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, absorbent, breathable, and temperature regulating, Nettle becomes softer with each wash. Fabrics can be found at seamsiren.

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