I was always wondering why my clothes were shrinking with each wash, and were ready to fit my neighbor’s chihuahua. We often automatically assume when checking labels that when its marked cotton or natural we are instantly safe. I have news for you not all cottons are created equal. Non-organic cotton contains residues of herbicides and pesticides that are used in the growing process. Good natural quality fibers are great investment and its life span can last up to 100 washes without changing any shape or form. In comparison to the synthetic or non organic cotton where its washing expectancy can withstand only 10 washes.
As a stylist I select thousands of items from worlds finest designers showrooms. Sadly I have to report that most of them shy away from organic or natural textile content. Good quality, classic styles with a twist can make a great statement at everyone’s wardrobe. If we pay top deniros for them they should at least last us descent amount of time and be safe to wear. Just like slogans never goes out of style its quality and safety should do exactly the same. We can relay on few proven things which is limiting exposure to synthetics as much as we can. This means buying and wearing only natural organic clothing.
Dressing like a chairman triggers people to treat you like one. I really love my job to help others look pristine, but how about if this look is misleading and under your chic expensive attire you are boiling out of discomfort or perspiring off the chemicals that were pre-set prior to your purchase. I used to think that all my freshly bought clothes when washed all the toxic residue simply would go away. Instead I found out that those bad guys can resist even up to a year of intense washes before braking up.
Many chemicals have been designed to be immortal and don’t break down easily. Once they penetrate our body they can present some serious health hazards. Skin rushes, irritations, respiratory, allergies, etc. Recently I have attended lecture with Jeffrey Smith top GMO expert and best selling author of “Seeds of Deception” and learned that Cotton is the most pesticide dependent crop grown anywhere in the world. Mostly cultivated in India. So for every single pair of jeans and every t-shirt using cotton about one pound of pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used.
Invest in quality natural fibers. Focus on quality rather quantity. The more natural fiber clothing you will wear, the safer your body and mind will be. Those looks to kill you are so much inspiring to get indeed can gradually do exactly that!
The most common natural fiber options:
cotton: Fragments from 5000BC have turned up in archeological digs in Pakistan and Mexico. Today it remains “King” of textiles. Sadly less then 1% organically grown cotton accounts of worldwide cotton production.
flax: It’s considered one of the nature’s strongest fiber and can reach up to 4 feet tall. Its origin goes back to prehistoric times near the Near East later accruing in ancient Egypt, classical Greece, and imperial Rome. Best known as source of linen, used in its finest form to wrap the mummies of Egyptian pharaohs.
hemp: Versatile and handy. The good news is that it grows free off fungicides, herbicides, or pesticides, because its naturally insect resistant. It was original fabric for LEVI’S jeans, before they switched to cotton. Half of the hemp supply is grown in China. Their fibers are 4 times stronger then cotton.
silk: or “queen of fabrics” first developed in ancient China. For generations was worn only by royalty. Its produced by the larvae of a moth species that feeds on the leaves of the white mulberry tree. Today mostly cultivated in domesticated silk farms.
wool: comesfrom sheep. Mostly commercially grown, contaminated with chemicals, such as pesticides that are use to kill parasites on the sheep. Organic wool slowly is gaining its grove back, with New Mexico providing about 80% of US certified organic wool.
P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what is your take of wearing organic fiber clothes? How do you shop and do you focus on quality versus quantity. Share your comments, experience and tips with the rest of us.