So you've mastered food label-reading when you make your weekly trip to the market (make that daily trip to the market if you have a house full of hungry kids to feed). Now it's time to move on to reading clothing labels. There are more organic fabrics than ever out there. And they not only help the environment, but they're pretty, comfortable and stylish. So whether you want organic wool in the winter to keep you warm or a light organic cotton dress for steamy summer days, there are multitudes of organic fabrics out there to fill your closet with.
Organic Cotton: It just feels right
Organic cotton is grown in soil that’s been certified to be free from pesticides, herbicides, and other cancer causing and environmentally hazardous toxins. That, not to mention its addictive softness, is reason enough to wear it.
Mongolian Cashmere: The real luxe life
It’s hard to imagine that you could trace the life of your cashmere clothing back to nomadic Mongolian goat herders. The hand-combed fibers are pill resistant, durable, and designed for maximum longevity and softness. This is truly clothing that gets better with age. Click here for more information from Stewart + Brown.
Organic Wool: The super fabric
Wool is an ideal insulator, and is both durable and wrinkle resistant. And here's something you may not know: It's made up of the same protein that makes up the outer layer protective layer of your skin. That makes wearing wool feel even more natural.
Tencel or lyocell: Change it up
It’s a fabric chameleon. Less toxic than its cousin viscose, it can be made to look like almost any fabric and is commonly blended with other fibers (such as linen) to add elasticity. So go ahead, stretch all you want.
Hemp: It's back, and better than ever
Let me debunk those myths about hemp clothing once and for all. It no longer comes in the form of an unflattering, uncomfortable sack. Hemp ‘breathes’ even better than cotton. Here’s another perk. It’s a natural insulator, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Click here for more information from Stewart + Brown.
Soy: A different form of nutrition
Wearable tofu? Well, not quite, but it’s as good for your skin as it is for your health. Durable and strong, it's easy to care for and will keep you warm. And who knew that soy cloth is made from the by-products of soybean oil and tofu production?
Bamboo: Not just for pandas anymore
This is an amazing, versatile resource. The world’s fastest growing plant, bamboo is actually a grass that's both hypoallergenic and organic. That’s great news for your skin and for the earth. Linda Loudermilk makes some bamboo pointelles that I absolutely love.
Waste not, want it all
When it comes to sustainable clothing, what goes around definitely does come around. Want proof? Take a look at Stewart and Brown’s innovative selection of factory surplus and overstock items. Click here for more information from Stewart + Brown.
Another favorite site of mine is Pre Loved (http://www.preloved.ca), which specializes in the re-design and re-creation of vintage clothing.