Green clothing can be defined as cothing that is made of sustainable materials that are grown without the use of chemicals or insecticides. As environmentalism becomes more mainstream, green clothing is becoming more common, affordable and fashionable. Sustainable green fabrics include:
More and more clothing companies are opting for organic cotton rather than cotton grown by traditional means. Cotton only makes up only 3 percent of annual agricultural cultivation, yet the cotton industry accounts for 25 percent of annual pesticide sales. This makes cotton one of the most pesticide-consuming crops and, therefore, one of the most damaging to the environment. Organic cotton uses no pesticides or herbicides.
A very sustainable, versatile plant that has a silk-like texture and quality. It is naturally anti-microbial and needs no chemicals in the growing process. Bamboo is commonly produced through fair and non-child labor and is often combined in clothing with organic cotton.
The advantages of hemp are that it requires no chemicals or pesticides to grow and that it produces tough, durable fibers. Traditionally used to make rope, sails and other items that require sturdiness, hemp has found new life as a sustainable clothing material.