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The benefits of natural clothing fibres, a sustainable choice for clothes.

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The benefits of natural clothing fibres are not only a better wearing product for breathability and warmth but they are more environmentally friendly. Synthetic fibres that take decades to break down once disposed, polyester, nylon etc. Natural fibres such as wool, linen, cotton and bamboo tend to breathe better but cotton costs have seen a rise.

Fashion can be a dirty business.Conventional fabric manufacturing is one of the most toxic processes in the world. Pesticides and insecticides from some conventional cotton farms pollute nearby rivers, while garment factories release toxic dyes into waterways. Crops like cotton dump millions of tons of pesticides into the environment worldwide each year, while sucking up our precious water supply.

Bamboo fabric is similarly soft. The plant regenerates quickly without needing much water, fertiliser, herbicides or pesticides. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing grasses in the world, and needs no pesticides and little water. It is hypoallergenic, absorbent, fast drying, and naturally anti-bacterial. Bamboo as a natural product is thermally regulating, it keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It needs no ironing; just hang your clothing and the wrinkles fall out. Bamboo does need caustic chemicals to through the manufacturing process.
Organic cotton is also grown without chemicals, which then makes the soil more productive in the long run.

Hemp has been used as a carbon-negative crop. It requires no pesticides, minimal weeding, and grows abundantly. It even enriches the soil it leaves behind. Hemp has been used for millennia in clothing around the world, it requires no chemicals to be spun into cloth.


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