Eco-friendly clothing benefit the environment at every stages:
1 - Sustainability: Tencel Lyocell (wood fibers), organic cotton, merino wool, bamboo, linen are organic materials from managed botanic or animal sources, unlike polyester or nylon which come from petrol, no different than plastic, a limited polluting resource. Look for clothing with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and Global Organic Textile Standard certifications
2 - Manufacturing - Less energy consumption: Polyester, nylon, acrylic fibres generate a high level of CO2, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water usage at production which impact climate change. It just takes less energy and chemical substances to go from bamboo to bamboo fibers than from oil in the ground to synthetic fibers and due to innovative closed-loop ethical processes that recovers and reuses a high percentage of organic solvents and water, making athletic clothes from natural fibers is more and more energy efficient.
3 - Clothing care - Less energy and water usage: A high percentage of total environmental impact of textile goods comes from their care. Natural fibers stay fresh longer, are skin-friendly, odor-resistant and stain resistant naturally (Natural fibers absorb moisture efficiently because there is less available moisture formed on the surface for bacteria to grow) so they need less washing than polyester, shorter machine cycles, no fabric softeners, so energy and water use are decreased
4 - Clothing care - Less micro-plastics and chemical rejections: Every time you wash synthetic fabrics, millions of microfibers are released into the water. Microfibers are too small to be filtered out by waste treatment plants, so they end up in waterways and oceans. For "added performance", "sweat-wicking" and other "dry-fit" benefits, corporate sport label treat their clothes with extra chemical substances that also end-up in the soil or water.
5 - Biodegradable, compostable: In time, natural organisms just go back to nature where they originate. Polyester clothing or plastic items will not biodegrade for hundreds of years and are hardly recycled.
Respect Your Body, Respect The Planet - Buy less workout clothes, but better natural and sustainable active-wear even if they cost a bit more, it is all worth it!
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