Eco Friendly Clothing

Eco Friendly Clothing - Sustainable clothes and organic cotton clothing options for kids








Eco Friendly Clothing

Information about sustainable clothes and organic cotton clothing options for kids, what it is, where you can purchase, and other ways to dress eco friendly.

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Eco friendly clothing choices for kids have hit the market and they are widely available and affordable. Let's talk a bit about what makes clothing sustainable, the benefits involved, what fabrics are eco friendly, and how you can purchase some of these eco friendly clothing items for your child!

What Makes Clothing Eco Friendly?

This is a fair question. "Green" is all the rage lately and if you are feeling a little overwhelmed, you're perfectly normal. That's what we're here for!

Eco friendly clothing includes items that have been made from fibers in their most natural state. Once chemicals are added, whether that happens during growing the fiber, or later during the manufacturing process, the item becomes less eco friendly and can cause harm to the plant.

Organic Cotton Clothing

Let's take cotton, for example. We love to put our kids in cotton because it's nice and soft, not to mention easy to care for. Cotton, however, uses more pesticide than any other crop in the world! The pesticides used on cotton crops are harmful for the environment and to our health. In fact, the EPA says that 7 out of the top 15 chemicals that are used to treat cotton are either "likely" or "known" human carcinogens. Many other popular fabrics undergo pesticide treatment as well.

Organic Cotton ClothingAt Green Living Made Easy, we like clothing that's been made from organic cotton. We also like clothing products that are labeled "Fair Trade." This basically means that the workers who made the products received fair payment and a decent environment in which to work. We also are fond of clothing made from other eco friendly fibers. We'll tell you about those next.

Eco Friendly Clothing Material
Organic Cotton:

Organic Cotton is cotton that is free of herbicides, pesticides, and synthetic chemicals. Farmers that grow organic cotton actually grow their crops under strict rules that also address issues like soil erosion and nutrient depletion. These farmers are putting their money where there mouth is and they are producing earth friendly cotton that can then be used for clothing.

Bamboo Clothing Made From Fibers Hemp:

If you've heard anything about the green movement, you've probably heard of hemp. What you may not know is that hemp is one of the strongest fibers on the planet. It also doesn't require the use of any pesticides or herbicides. Last, hemp that is used in clothing is NOT the same as marijuana. Hemp is a great, eco friendly clothing option!

Bamboo Clothing Made From Fibers Bamboo:

We've talked about Bamboo flooring and countertops on Green Living Made Easy, but what about Bamboo Clothing? It's a great choice for clothing! Bamboo grows rapidly and doesn't require the use of pesticides or herbicides. It's also naturally UV protective and blocks out something like 98% of harmful UV rays. It has an amazingly soft feel and is great to wear. Kids will love the way bamboo feels on their body.

Soy Clothing Soy:

Soy is quite new to the eco clothing scene. Soy Clothing is made from a by-product of soy bean oil production. The process used to create the fabric is very earth friendly and soy is thought to increase the micro-circulation of blood capillaries. Pretty Cool!

Flax/Linen:

Linen is actually made from the flax plant. When grown under organic conditions, similar to the conditions for organic cotton, it's a great, natural clothing choice.

How to Purchase Eco Friendly Clothing

There are many manufacturers now that specialize in eco friendly clothing, sustainable clothes and organic cotton clothing. There are also retailers, usually small, local stores that will specialize in offering sustainable clothing choices. If these aren't available in your area, the internet is a great place to look for sustainable clothes for your little ones (or yourself!).

When shopping, look for clothes that say that are made from organic fiber. There is no national or global rating system for these items, so it's hard to find a certification that will tell you something is really sustainable! Also, look for the words "Fair Trade" on the clothing.

Where to Purchase Organic Cotton Clothing

Unfortunately, there are not that many retailers offering a wide variety of eco friendly clothing right now. The good news is that the choices are growing by the day. On the web, Amazon currently has the largest selection of Organic Cotton Clothing and Bamboo Clothing for children. Their prices seem to be the most economical as well..

Recycle Your Kids Clothing

Recycle Your Kids Clothing

Other Ways to be Green when it comes to Clothing

If you don't own clothing made from organic fibers, you can still be green when it comes to your child's clothing. Just apply the principles of reduce, reuse, recycle - which are great principles to implement in your entire life! You'll see us talking about them a lot in the baby and kid sections of the website since most parents can't resist spoiling their babies!

Reduce:

It's hard, but try to reduce your overall consumption of clothing for your kids. We know there's lots of cute clothes, we can't stop buying them either, but your wallet and the environment will thank you!

Reuse Clothing Reuse:

Save clothing for a younger sibling, pass it on to a friend with younger children, donate it to your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc. so someone else can get use from it.

Recycle:

Cotton and wool can be composted. You can also use old cotton items as cleaning rags before finally getting rid of them. The Goodwill and Salvation Army will both accept clothes in very poor shape. They have people who sort through clothing and they able to make good use out of stained or torn clothes. To help out your local Salvation Army or Goodwill, kindly separate your good clothes from the rags before dropping them off!

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