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It seems like the words eco-friendly, organic, and natural are buzz words nowadays — practically anything you purchase today you can probably find an eco-friendly or organic version of it. Clothing is no exception. Today we’ve rounded up some benefits that you may not be aware of when choosing to purchase eco-friendly clothing.

Reduce Pesticide

A lot of clothing consists of cotton. Unfortunately, pesticides are typically sprayed onto cotton. Purchasing from companies such as, Alternative Apparel, that is committed to more sustainable farming practices is going to benefit the environment.

Durable

Durability is a somewhat surprising benefit of eco-friendly clothing.  Clothing made from organic cotton will outlast a similar piece of clothing but made of synthetic material.

Support Fair Trade

If you are purchasing new clothing, look for it is fair trade certified. A piece of clothing is labeled fair trade certified is supporting human rights. This term means that sweatshops are not used and the individuals making the clothing were being employed in safe conditions.

Reduces Toxic Waste

The dyes used on clothing are incredibly harmful to the environment and require using a lot of water. Whether you purchase second hand or you are buying a new eco-friendly shirt, you are helping the environment by reducing toxic waste.

Safer/Healthier You

Just think about the fact that all those chemicals that are being used to make a piece of clothing are then going to be sitting on top of your skin for hours a day. Our skin is our biggest organ. It is often easy to forget, but it is just important to protect our skin from harmful chemicals as well.  Choosing an eco-friendly shirt will help minimize the chemicals that your body is being exposed to.

Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of eco-friendly clothing let’s consider some brands that have become committed to helping the planet, reducing pesticide use, and ultimately making it a healthier option to wear. Below are just a few brands that are using eco-friendly practices.

Brands

  • Alternative Apparel
  • Patagonia
  • H & M
  • Ecovibe Apparel
  • Threads 4 Thought
  • Pact

Not everyone can afford brand new clothing from companies that truly support eco-friendly clothing practices. The excellent news shopping second hand indeed has some fantastic benefits as well. Not only are you lowering your carbon footprint by not purchasing new clothing that wastes resources but you can often find some amazing unique pieces when you are buying second hand.

So there you have it — 5 benefits of eco-friendly clothing. We’d love to hear from you in the comments. What brands are you currently enjoying?