I always took lightly reading clothing fabric content labels. As a fashion stylist I select thousands of garments from various designers from all over the world and sadly I have to report that most of the luxury brands use synthetic fibers. After I read a book Killer Clothes by Dr. Brian and Anna Maria Clement and did some research on my own I understood this sad reality. I checked my own closet along with all girlfriends in desperation to find some natural organic garments. To my surprise I found very few that could pass that test. Unfortunately what I mostly found was either nylon, polyester, spandex and some unspecified kind of cottons. Cotton today is the biggest target to be grown GMO engaged in toxic production methods. It’s hazardous to the human’s health as well harms the environment. Most consumers assume if an item is labeled “cotton” or even “natural” it must be automatically safe. This is so far from the truth. Not all cottons are created equal. Non-organic cotton contains residues of herbicides and pesticides used in the growing process.
Organically grown is applied when ecological production management system is used. It enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil cultivation activity. It promotes ecological harmony without pesticides, and practices safe crop rotation.
Conventionally produced cotton material may only last up to 10 machine washes, whereas organic cotton can last for 100 machine washes before it starts to show wear.
The first truly synthetic fiber created was nylon around 1939. The most popular consumer use women found in stockings and pantyhose that were growing on its popularity in the mainstream fashion. They restrict and suffocate the skin, our largest and most sensitive body organ, making it unable to breath properly. Most people don’t realize that our skin is our body’s most important organ to eliminate toxins. We release a pound of toxins every day throughout our skin.
Can you imagine that overall
clothing industry produced in the world today constitutes to $7 trillion a year.
No wonder its all about low cost and huge profits. Unfortunately at our safety cost where big brands profit sabotaging our health. Up to one-third of married couples today experience fertility problems. Respiratory diseases have increased 160% among preschoolers in Europe and North America. Our risk of contracting cancer have escalated until one in two males and one in three females will develop this disease. Women have significantly increase chances of developing breast cancer.
Making first good impression on others is very important to a lot of us. Usually we are given only one chance to do so. We judge on the spot by the physical appearance. We become what we wear through colors, styles, and flamboyant fashion expressions. Wearing natural fiber clothes help us to maintain healthy body and minds and projects healthier more colorful future to us all.
P.S. As always I would love to hear from you if you check your labels when clothes shipping. Do you shop for organic cottons and other fibers? Share your comments, suggestions and tips with the rest of os.