NATURAL NEAT AND NON HARMING NATURAL FIBERS
I reckon we all have heard of sustainable fashion. It's hardly avoidable to not know about it as all big brands, even the fast fashion kind, have a sustainability program going on today. Looking at all the items that are labeled sustainable, have you realised that they commonly are cotton, silk or wool? These three are materials made of natural fibers.
Did you know that natural fibers are generally considered more sustainable? A majority of our clothes are actually cotton and a fair share of our winter jumpers are wool. You might wonder, why these materials would be more sustainable than the other fibers, well here are a few perks that come with natural fibers:
- They are renewable as they are plant or animal based. This, however, doesn't mean that we can consume these materials in overloads. Everything has its own capacity and limitations. As these materials are plant and animal-based, it is out of importance that we respect the nature so the cotton can grow naturally and care for the animals and put their well being in front of a warm winter jumper or a silk dress for the occasion.
- They are fully decomposable, everything that comes from nature belongs back in nature. These fabrics, when not mixed with other fibers can be torn down to their raw form and reused or decomposed in nature.
- They are when cared for correctly, longer lasting and better quality. A garment out of natural fibers will serve it's purpose years and years whilst synthetic and regenerated fibers aren't made to last for many years.
Let's take a closer look what the deal with the natural fibers then really is and where they come from.
WHERE DO THE NATURAL FIBERS COME FROM?
It is no joke that we humans are wearing down the resources we once found and make use of today. We consume too much and when we can't have something fast enough, we still seem to find a way to make it possible. Regards how we use the resources along sides. This has impacted the fiber production and today the production lines are split into two divisions eco-friendly and the ordinary kind. Somewhere along the line we lost track of our needs and converted every want into a need and that has resulted in negative effects on the environment.
So what can we do then to change this? We all have the power to decide how much we consume and how we care for what we have and that really is the easiest starting point, would you agree?
Cotton- this is a plant-based fiber that is growing in nature. Today there are huge cotton farms where of India, Turkey, China, and the USA are a few countries to mention that grow cotton. This fiber has a harvest time of 6 months. So cotton should preferably only be harvested twice a year. However, as you might have guessed, this is rarely the case. The plant is harvested premature and this without us even knowing, actually drags down on the quality of clothing made of cotton.
Wool- this fiber is animal based and comes from the fur of sheep mostly. There are a few other kinds that comes from goats and bunnies but the most common ones are originated from sheep. The same way as with cotton, wool farms aren't always as glamurous as you'd picture it. The animals aren't kept in good condition and there have been mutations made in order to make the fur grow faster and thicker so it can be cut of sooner. Just reading that, I hope you made a face, it cannot be acceptable on any level. So what we can do is to choose the organic kind of wool and care for the pieces we have rather than get new ones as the trends change.
Silk- One of the oldest found natural fibers. This originates from the silk worms and is known to be among the strongest and longest fiber among the natural ones. Why does this matter you might wonder? With the length and the strength, we make the clothes that are premium quality and the look of them are highly dependent on the quality of the fiber itself.
... natural fibers come from the nature and are either plant or animal based
... there are consumption issues that have a negative impact on the farming of natural fibers that we need to adress rather sooner than later
... natural fibers are longer lasting than artificial fibers as long as they are cared for in the right way.