As I started to iron a piece of clothing this week the minute I put the iron on it I knew I was in trouble… the iron was to hot and I was working with unnatural fabric. Luckily there was only minor damage and I was ironing it inside out. But it really hit home to me that I was basically ironing plastic or some other synthetic material that probably uses a lot of energy to make and it probably not good to begin with.
Buying cloths that are made from natural fibers are better for you, easier to maintain, last longer, and are good for the environment.
Some examples of synthetics used for clothing are polypropylene and nylon. Like organic fibers, the raw materials of synthetics may come from animals and plants. However, the synthetic ones are treated with chemicals and artificial processes. Also, the sources of its raw materials are raised inorganically. Synthetic clothing is often not decomposable and coarse in texture. It may also cause irritation on the skin due to the chemicals applied in treating it.
Clothing that is made from unnatural materials or non-organic natural materials can contain Formaldehyde and pesticides. Formaldehyde is a potent eye, upper respiratory and skin irritant. Evidence from several studies also indicates that it causes central nervous system effects, including headaches, fatigue, and depression. It also has the potential for causing asthma and inducing asthmatic attacks as a nonspecific irritant. Additionally, animal studies suggest that formaldehyde is a potential human carcinogen. Exposure to pesticides can increase the risk of cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease among a whole host of other health effects.
Organic clothing is proven to have higher quality materials than synthetic. Organic clothing can be more expensive but you paying for less impact on the environment and your health.
Some examples of natural fabrics are wool, soy, organic cotton, silk, bamboo, and hemp. Fabrics to avoid because they are not natural is polyester, nylon, and spandex. So make sure when you go out to buy new clothing you get something that is good for you and is better for the environment.