Fashion is volatile. It does not take time to move from red to orange to yellow to blue… all while you’re still on black. But speaking environmentally, it is all the same - toxic and harmful.
Believe it or not, the clothes you wear comprise of the third most harmful sector to the environment. This comes in the light of the fact that less than 1% of fashion is recyclable. And in contrast to it, one bin lorry of fashion is disposed of every second.
Those are alarming numbers. Which is why so many people have made the shift to organic fashion.
What is organic fashion?
Clothes manufactured from fibers that are grown organically amount to organic fashion.
Organic fibers are grown without the use of any pesticides or other artificial, environment harming additives. Since these plants grow completely naturally, they can also take part in crop rotation with crops that can be used for food.
Organic fashion is not only saving the environment, but it is also saving the 16,000 people that die every year due to toxic pesticides and fertilizers used to grow crops.
A number of causes can be directed toward the proliferation of organic fashion, this was just one of them. Scroll down below for more:
It Promotes Pollution: Is it ironic that the food we eat and the clothes we wear are the second and third biggest pollutants in the environment? The US alone discards 11 million tonnes of fashion every year. Organic brands, or ethical brands, are doing right by the world, the people and the environment. The unethical brands will eventually be held accountable for the vast wastelands they have created and all the plants and animals that have died in those lands.
Saving Oceans: Inorganic fashion is not 100% cotton. It is laced with acrylics and synthetic fibers that move into our waterways on washing in the form of microfibres. These microfibres pollute our oceans to the extent that 1.7 million tonnes of microfibres are disposed of into the ocean every year. Such a huge number is affecting our marine species and coral reefs drastically.
Conserving Water: It takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce enough cotton for a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. And it takes another 5000 gallons to manufacture that pair of jeans and a t-shirt. The demand for water in the fashion industry is so high that it has led to the draining of the Aral Sea in Central Asia. Shifting to organic cotton conserves 71% more water than conventional cotton and also uses 62% less energy.
Wear Organic. Stay Healthy: As we said above, the toxins used to manufacture conventional cotton cause the death of about 16,000 people every year. By buying and wearing organic clothes, you are introducing fewer chemicals into your life and onto your skin. This also promotes healthy working conditions for the laborers in the factories. With organic cotton, there is less toxicity involved in the raw stage and hence exposure to chemicals is restricted.
A Better Self-Image and Peace Of Mind: Wearing organic fashion keeps your fashion game on point and adds-on a few extra marks for taking care of the environment. Complementing your personal fashion with ethical fabrics is sure to give you your peace of mind.
Less Toxic For The Environment: Well, that is sort of the whole point of moving on to organic fashion - to save the environment from the 8,000 toxins the fashion industry has been using for decades. Conventional fashion pollutes land and water when it is discarded and air when it is being manufactured. Adopting organic cotton is aimed towards lessening the amount of pollution that is harming the flora and fauna at such an alarming rate.
The harm caused by unethical fashion over the decades cannot be undone instantly. But embracing organic cotton for the clothes we wear is one step in the right direction that when taken is bound to make you feel good about yourself for thinking about the environment you live in.
Know more about Organic Fashion at COA!