Eco-friendly fabrics are becoming more and more popular as people everywhere realize the need to conserve and preserve our environment.
However, just because fabrics are labelled “eco-friendly” does not mean they are completely safe or free of chemicals. The amount of toxic chemicals being used today in fabric creation is increasing rapidly in response to the demands of customers for fabrics that are softer, smoother, wrinkle-free, shrink proof and so many other requirements.
This article gives a good coverage of “green” fabrics and talks about the impact of non-organic fabrics on our environment but it does not go far enough to explain the dangers of chemically based fabrics like polyester.
“-Silk: Because it comes from silkworms, silk is one of the most natural fabrics available, although it generally is not vegan. Keep your silk “eco” by choosing naturally-dyed products. -Bamboo: Bamboo, a renewable resource, grows very quickly …MyNewPlace Blog”
You should also be aware that silk or any other fabric that claims to use “naturally derived” dye colours may not be exactly what you think.
For complete freedom of chemicals give your preference to those fabrics, including silk, that use ONLY natural materials for their colour dyes AND only natural materials for the mordants that make these dyes permanent.
So many suppliers that use natural dyes then destroy their advantage by adding various chemicals in the final stages to either ensure there dyes are colour-fast or to achieve a softer, and smoother look and feel.
Why not go for something completely new, different and totally safe that is not found in your local department store?
Consider handmade Thai silk fabric and not only enhance our enviroment by using sustainable products but also share your care and support to the village that created it using traditional methods passed down from our grandmothers!
Comments: Please tell us your thoughts and experiences with eco-friendly fabrics. Are you aware of the chemicals used in the fabrics you have purchased?