Thursday, September 11, 2008

Organic and Environmental Friendly Clothing

Textile plants create a vast amount of air pollution as well as water pollution from the several dyes used to add color to the fabric. ( http://www.thepolypost.com/) If this trend continues, the results could be devastating especially to countries that are already suffering from air and water pollution. The environment's condition has been at the forefront of news and politics for quite some time. We have all witnessed that the temperature is increasing each year and hurricanes are becoming more frequent and powerful. Its getting so torrid that ice caps are melting causing for polar bears to drown. It all seems pretty ridiculous, however, unfortunately true. A better effort needs to be made to in order to hinder these happenings. The textile industry can help by using better dying technology and organic and environment friendly fabric. After all, fashion would be ineffectual and frivolous if there wasn't a world in which to display it in.

An effective way to ouster water pollution as a result of fabric dying processes is to use Airdye technology. Airdye uses air instead of water to carry dye therefore eliminating unsafe waste water.( http://www.thepolypost.com/) One in three people have no access to clean water so it doesn't need to be wasted. The byproducts on the dye makes its way to our crops and drinking water which is extremely unhealthy. Airdye technology besides aiding the planet also helps to lower manufacturing costs and lessens the use of energy. ( http://www.airdye.com/) The earth as well as the textile industry would both benefit from using Airdye.

Another way textile industries can help the environment is to use Eco-friendly products to manufacture clothing as well as home furnishings. Organic products can be made with a variety of materials including Hemp, Soy, Bamboo, Lycocell, Ingeo and Organic cotton. None of these materials require pesticides which contaminate our water supply and crops. These materials create good clothing even with some benefits. For example cloths made from Bamboo fibre have "anti-bacterial" qualities according to EnzineArticle.com's Expert Author, Gaurav Doshi. Doshi also claims that Lycocell which is made from wool-pulp cellulose is a fit alternative for Rayon. Soy products such as soy milk create fabric that is similar to silk in both appearance and texture.( http://ezinearticles.com/?Environment-Friendly-Clothing---A-Step-to-Save-The-World&id=679321) In buying products that are manufactured using these organic materials, not only is the consumer supporting the environment but they are also receiving quality garments that feel and look good. The following pictures are examples of clothes that are Eco-friendly and range from Avant-Garde to every day attire.


This is made entirely out of Plastic! (www.instablogsimages.com)



Green Jeans (treehugger.com)

Organic!
(http://blog.buffalostate.edu/fashion/appareldesign/archives/save%20the%20future-organic.png)


These clothes don't look any different than standard garments. Everyone can do their part by wearing these fashionable clothes. It is possible to save the world and look good doing it.

1 comment:

Robin said...

I know this post is a bit old, but as an update - AirDye® now has it's own blog. We're building a community around the general issue of water scarcity and how technology is advancing to solve the problem. Hope you'll join us! http://www.airdye.com/blog/goodforwater