Why Organic Clothing Matters
Synthetic fabrics are very harmful throughout every step of creation and discard; they simply never completely go away. Synthetic fibers are created in a laboratory. They are manmade and unnatural. The fabrics are created using a lethal cocktail of toxic chemicals that do not occur naturally in nature. Synthetic fabric prevents our bodies from naturally sweating releasing toxins through our skin. This natural process gives our bodies the ability to maintain a healthy immune system and fight disease. The mass production of acrylic, polyester, rayon, nylon, acetate, vinyl and polyurethane is endangering our health and the planet at an alarming rate.
- Acrylic fabrics are polycrylonitries (PAN) synthetic polymers and have been proven to cause cancer in laboratory studies. It's classified as plastic. Plastic bottles and bags are broken down to a yarn state and woven into fabric.
- Acetate and tri-acetate is made from wood pulp and is called cellulous fiber. Thousands of toxic chemicals are required to process the solution(slur) into strands that can be woven into fabric. These chemicals contaminate our planet in many disturbing and unethical ways. It has been discovered that these chemicals alter hormones affecting fertility making it impossible to conceive and have children. It's been reported that 7.3 million American couples are not able to conceive and have children, chemicals in the environment have been implicated.
- Nylon is made from coal, petroleum, air, water, agricultural by-products and natural gas. Research has linked the fabric to breast cancer along with many other chronic illnesses.
- Polyester is made from synthetic polymers derived from esters of dihydric alcohol and terepthalic acid. In plain English polyester is made up of four ingredients: coal, petroleum, air and water. Polynosic fabric is another name for polyester.
- Rayon is made from recycled wood pulp that has been treated with chemicals such as caustic soda, ammonia, carbon disulphide, acetone and sulphuric acid. The fabric has been researched and proven to cause nausea, headaches, vomiting, insomnia, chest and muscle pain and even Parkinson’s disease.
Other manmade fabrics to avoid include modal, tencel, loycell, viscose and some types of bamboo. It’s true many of these fibers can be considered natural, they are made from wood and grass. However, the process used to produce these fabrics is highly toxic and chemically saturated. Don’t be fooled by corporations touting through the use of clever ad campaigns that these fibers are the fabrics of the future. As consumers we should investigate the facts behind the claims to know what we are buying. As an example, polynosic a new term now found in many garment labels- is simply a fancy name for polyester.
*13.1 million tons of clothing is discarded per year in the United States alone of that 11.1 million tons ends up in the landfills.
* It's been estimated that only 21% of annual clothes purchased stay in the home. The rest is waste! Within that amount only 15% of fiber waste is recycled per year.
*10,000 people die each year in the United States from illnesses related to the growth and production of conventional pesticide dependent cotton.
*Americans purchase approximately 1 billion garments per year from China with over 90% being synthetic, chemically filled toxic fibers that are causing havoc on our health and environment.
*Polyester contains only four ingredients- crude oil, coal, water and air. The fiber is completely petrochemical and harmful to your health. It has been linked in laboratory tests to several major illnesses including cancer.
*Many synthetic fibers thrown into the landfill never decompose they simply breakdown to a crumbled state and the chemicals used to produce them contaminate our ground water and soil forever.
*Nylon jackets never decompose. One thousand years from now you can dig it up still intact, wash and wear. If the fiber is burned to destroy our atmosphere becomes contaminated and foul.
*Synthetic fibers leave a huge pollution footprint with every step of it's lifecycle. For example, the petroleum used to make the fiber is extremely toxic as well as the thousands of chemicals used in the manufacturing process to the finish result and later the final disposal.
**Organic cotton is produced without the use of pesticides or herbicides. The number of toxic or persistent chemicals in organic cotton is 0 (zero). The Texas Organic Marketing Cooperative is the largest grower of organic cotton in the USA.
**All natural fibers (that are not chemically treated) such as organic/clean cotton, linen, hemp, silk, soy, flax, ramie, jute and wool decompose completely and return to Mother Earth causing no harm to environment or humans.
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