Get ready to hit the road? Want to do some camping this summer? Outfit yourself with eco conscious clothing brands made from natural, renewable fibre that is less harmful to the planet. This textile can also help reduce odour and keep you cooler than conventional outdoor clothing selection.
Cotton is the most pesticide-intensive crops in the world. In fact, the heavy cotton T-shirt is 73 per cent cotton and 27 per cent of the chemicals and chemical residue! These pesticides flow into our waterways and wreak havoc on aquatic ecosystems.
They can create dead zones, which are areas where nothing can grow, choking out all life. Growing cotton also requires heavy infusions of about 400 gallons of water per cotton T-shirt. synthetic fibres derived from petroleum byproducts (such as GORE-TEX, polyester and lycra) that is not sustainable and is not renewable, considering what they are made of. They are also not biodegradable.
So, whether you are in the market for a new T-shirt, look for some hiking shorts, or need a good hat to protect you from the sun, there is a greener alternative. Here are a few options available for outdoor enthusiasts:
Bamboo is a relatively a new kind on the block textiles. A huge grass, bamboo can grow up to 30 inches in one day, making it a "rapidly renewable" fibres and highly sustainable. Does not require the support of pesticides, do not need irrigation and virtually unlimited renewable.
Plus, it helps to ground the coast against erosion, retain water, and create habitat for wildlife species and other plants. It is also really soft and has an internal "bamboo Kun" which helps to control odour-creating bacteria and lower humidity levels, making it a great fibre for active people.
Hemp, used for decades by hippies and earth-conscious society, is a great choice for many reasons. It produces more fibre per acre than cotton, requires little chemicals support from pesticides, insecticides and herbicides, and natural such as cotton. Hemp plants also help to improve the nutritional value of land and cultivate microbial life. It does, however, require much water as cotton.
Soybean, developed from a byproduct of tofu, soy oil and soy milk industry (recycling!), Soy fibre is a completely natural product than others. It has been called a vegetable cashmere for exceptional softness, and retains heat well and is easy to care for.