Green Fashion

Topics: Clothing, Cotton, Textile Pages: 4 (1103 words) Published: December 4, 2012

Basic definition: Responsible design practices that revolve around sustainability. Eco-friendly fashion is about making clothes that take into account the environment, the health of consumers and the working conditions of people in the fashion industry. Eco-fashion clothes:

• are made using organic raw materials, such as cotton grown without pesticides and silk made by worms fed on organic trees. • don’t involve the use of harmful chemicals and bleaches to colour fabrics • are often made from recycled and reused textiles.

• are made to last, so that people keep them for longer
• come from fair trade.
When more people are eco-conscious, it is a hot trend that fashion goes green. Many eco materials are considered for clothing fabric instead of traditional cotton. Those natural resources include bamboo, corn, organic cotton, hemp, silk, even coconut shells. Three of them, bamboo, silk, and organic cotton, are discussed including both pros and cons.

Bamboo fabric has a good reputation from the benefit to both human and earth in the clothing industry. Bamboo fabric has a soft touch and a stronger fabric. Due the fabric's structure, the fabric is very breathable to stay cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. Also, it can absorb 3-4 times more water than the traditional cotton fabric without sticking to your skin. It is very good for sportswear or casual wear. At the same time, the benefits of bamboo are abundant to the earth. It grows very fast to be ready for harvesting in four years. It does not require replanting because of the robust reproduction ability from its root networking. Moreover, bamboo naturally grows with no irritation, poisonous pesticides, and fertilizers.

However, the above pros are only part of the bamboo fabric life. The whole fabric process includes material planting and the process to make the plant into a fabric. Two ways are to process bamboo to make it into a...
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