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Why Organic Cotton Should Rule Your Wardrobe

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Guest post: Sophie Smith

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For the majority of people, the words ‘organic clothes’ bring shapeless tops, dull colours, and Birkenstock sandals into mind. But natural fashion has changed a lot since its beginnings, and now you can create your own distinctive style and be as fashionable as ever, while still making ecologically and socially responsible fashion choices.

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The significance of eco fashion reflects in its impact on our health, but also on stopping the progression of fast fashion and consumerism, as well as on the preservation of our planet. Wouldn’t you feel much better in your cute new dress if you knew how and where it was made?

Here are the main reasons you should make your wardrobe entirely natural.

Organic Materials Are Healthier than Conventional Ones

Some estimates say that conventional cotton manufacturers spend 25% of all the insecticides used worldwide each year. The farmers who work in cotton fields are forced to inhale all these chemicals every day, same as the factory workers who process the fibres and fabrics. And finally, we wear these clothes close to our skin.

Moreover, the pesticides used in the farming processes drain off into the rivers and lakes, which are our main source of drinking water. Due to this, non-organic clothes can have very serious repercussions on our health. Cancers are by far the most dangerous, but even milder ones, like skin irritation can be very annoying.

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On the other hand, all pieces of clothing labelled ‘organic’ need to meet certain criteria regarding the fibre manufacturing, dying, and handling processes. The greatest advantage of organic materials is that they are produced without the use of any pesticides, or other synthetic chemicals, from plants that have not been radiated or genetically modified, and with the emphases on reduced environmental pollution. This makes them less harmful to farmers, workers, and consumers alike.

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Organic cotton is by far the most commonly used fabric in today’s eco fashion industry. But lately, you can also find clothes made of organically grown hemp, bamboo, and silk.

Social Impact of Organic Fashion

The 2013 disaster in Savar Upazila, Bangladesh, when over 1,100 people died in one day, was a sobering moment for the representatives of the fashion industry. Especially for those concerned about the ethical dimension of sustainability of the current trends. After that day, the naturalist movement started looking for a solution to the safety and working issues that are present in all developing countries around the globe. Some of these problems include various kinds of discrimination based on gender, age, race, religion, then child labour, and extremely inhumane working conditions in which employees are forced to risk their lives every day.

Fair Trade is a social movement that is looking to help the marginalized textile workers in third world countries, by ensuring fair and equal conditions for all. This means fixed working hours, guaranteed wages at the end of the month, vacation, sick leave, and other rights.

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But the movement can only do part of the work. The rest is on us consumers. The next time you decide to buy a new shirt, check where and how it was made and only choose sustainable clothing, boycotting those brands that still stick to the old ways. Luckily, more and more brands are making the transfer to organic production, so there are no limitations in terms of available styles. There is only our consciousness to make us do the right thing.

How important is organic fashion to you? How much attention do you pay to the origin of the clothes when you are shopping?

Author BIO: Sophia Smith is Australian based fashion, beauty and lifestyle blogger. She could be described as fashion addict and life lover. She writes mostly in fashion and beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life.

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Author: Charish Halliburton

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