Organic clothing: Pros and Cons

Organic clothing: Pros and Cons

Organically grown and produced items have enjoyed a huge surge in popularity over recent years as more and more people look to natural sources to aid sustainability in environmental terms as well as supporting a more natural and healthy lifestyle. This extends to clothing and items produced via organic means and with organic materials, such as organic cotton, linen and hemp. When looking at both the pros and cons of organic verses convention clothing consider the following:

1. Hemp, a crop that can be used to make organic clothes, is perhaps the most durable of all the natural fibres.

2. Hemp is sturdy and robust, and is capable of growing plentifully and regularly in the majority of the world’s temperate regions.

3. Hemp does not need either pesticides or excessive amounts of water, and is therefore cost-effective as well as kind to the immediate environment and also a highly renewable source.

4. Hemp plants have long roots which aid in the prevention of soil erosion

5. Clothing made from hemp is typically highly absorbent and lightweight, and has more than thrice the tensile strength of cotton. Clothing made from hemp matches the characteristics of the plant itself and tend to be hardy and long-lasting.

6. Hemp clothing is extremely resistant to extreme weather conditions and therefore is ideally suited to making tough and durable outdoor clothing.

7. Hemp may also be blended and mixed easily with other fibres depending on what type of qualities are required from the garment, making hemp an extremely versatile clothing material.

8. Because of the fact that hemp requires so little water and does not require any chemicals or pesticides in its production or growth, it is an extremely cost-effective fibre. Absolutely nothing is wasted in the production process of hemp. It also produces more fibre per acre than trees, and is capable of renewal up to three times a year.

9. As far as organically grown cotton for use in clothing is concerned, the fact that farming methods of organic cotton use far fewer toxins put both the farmers and eventual wearers of the clothes at far less risk of any health-related issues related to toxicity. Instead of relying on pesticides and synthetic fertilisers, organic cotton growers use organic manure to fertilise the crop.

10. The majority of organic cotton products are extremely soft due to the lack of harsh chemicals, dyes and bleaches added to the fabric. They do not have the anti-wrinkle chemicals applied to conventionally produced cotton products, making them not only softer and much more comfortable to wear, but also safer, as wearers will not be breathing in the toxins from the fibres that are so close to the skin.

There are also a number of disadvantages linked with organic clothing, including cotton hemp and linen:

1. Because the organic material are not treated with anti-wrinkle chemicals in the production process, constant creasing of the worn fabrics in the same region of the garment has a tendency to break the fibres-especially at the collar and hem. This is particularly true of organic linen clothing items.

2. Organic linen also tends to be much more expensive than conventionally produced cotton.

3. Although there are certain standards relating to eh manufacture of organic clothing, as yet there are no laws governing this in the UK. As a result, a clothing item that is marked as organic might still contain a cocktail of noon-organic chemicals. Chemicals and dyes may also be added in order to aid fabric and garment transportation from the main growing production areas in Asia.

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    Jetplane Says:

    wow i didn’t know anything about clothing made out of hemp. very informational thanks a lot!

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