Organic cotton is an ecologically responsible and green fiber. All organic cotton producers must meet GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) standards in their cultivation and production practices, including integrated soil and pest management techniques such as crop rotation and the use of natural predators of cotton pests. Organic cotton seeds are never treated with harmful fungicides, and are not Genetically Modified (GMO) unlike their conventional grown counterpart. Conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the world. Requiring 1/3 a pound of chemicals to produce 1 pound of cotton, conventional cotton uses more chemicals than any other crop.
Bamboo is another highly sustainable crop as it does not claim farming land, grows very fast, does not usually require the use of pesticides and herbicides to thrive and needs minimal care. It is a much better CO2 extractor and oxygen emitter than trees, and all bamboo products are completely biodegradable and recyclable. Bamboo is naturally porous and highly water absorbent, able to take up to three times it's weight in water. Its natural wicking ability absorbs moisture and pulls it away from the skin, naturally keeping you cooler and drier than synthetics or cotton. Because it is naturally antimicrobial, bamboo retains it's anti-fungal, anti-bacterial nature even after processing into fabric and numerous washers.
Hemp is naturally one of the most ecologically friendly fabrics. It grows extremely fast in any kind of climate, does not exhaust soil, uses little water, requires no pesticides or herbicides and is biodegradable. Hemp fibers are mildew and microbe resistant with high moisture absorbency, high heat conductivity, and excellent abrasion resistance. Hemp will keep you warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and is more effective at blocking the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays than most fibers. When blended with materials, hemp provides a sturdier, longer lasting product, while maintaining quality and softness. Its fiber and oil can be used in making clothes, papers, building material, food, skin care products and biofuels, making it the most versatile and sustainable plant on earth.
Soy, known as vegetarian cashmere, is a sustainable, renewable, and biodegradable crop that cuts pesticide use and turns waste into useful products. Soy protein fiber fabric is extremely soft and warm to the touch, and is known in some countries as "soysilk" for its soft, lustrous feel. Soy has excellent absorbency, anti-bacterial and UV protection properties and is easy to care for.
Modal is a textile made from beechwood, a natural raw material and basic component for the fabric. The production management of modal is similar to tencel in its sustainable farming practices and recovered solvents. Modal is soft, smooth, and luxurious. It has excellent moisture absorptive and release capacities that let your skin breathe. Modal remains soft and lustrous after repeated washings and is resistant to shrinkage.
Tencel is pure and natural cellulose fiber derived from the renewable resource eucalyptus wood. The wood comes from tree farms that practice sustainability. The production of the Tencel fiber is revolutionary. It represents one of the greatest achievements in cellulose fiber technology, in that the solvent that is used to process it is recycled and recovered up to 99.5%. The emissions that remain are decomposed in adapted biological purification plants. Tencel is the perfect fiber for sensitive skin because the smooth and supple fiber surface provides maximum comfort to the skin. It is soft as silk, strong as polyester, cool as linen, warm as wool, and absorbent as cotton.
Recycled fabrics are considered earth friendly in that some portion of the fabric content was used once before. Soda bottles, milk containers, and other PET plastic containers are some examples of materials that can be turned into fabric. There are more reasons to recycle now than ever before as growing population and consumerism are contributing largely to the rapid depletion of natural resources. Expanding landfills pose serious threats to the environment as well as the ground water supplies as rainwater washes all hazardous chemicals into water resources. This means all dyes, bleaches and chemicals used on clothes are likely to be washed off into water supplies.