Benefits of Using Natural Fabrics
In the last post, we discuss the difference between natural fabrics and synthetic fabrics. In this article, we would take a deeper look into the benefits natural fabrics. How these fabrics would affect users and the environment.
1. Natural fabrics are less toxic compared to synthetic fabrics. Many synthetic fabrics are either made of unsafe substances or treated with harmful chemicals. It is said that the human body absorbs up to 60% of the substances place on our skin. The toxic from chemical-based fabrics or heavily processed fabrics might be absorbed by users of such fabrics. More research is necessary to determine to extent of damage wearing toxic fabrics has on our bodies. However, a Canadian study has shown that women working synthetic fabrics factory have a greater risk of breast cancer. Using natural fabrics would help to reduce the contact the body has to toxic substances.
2. Natural fabrics are more suited for those with sensitive skin. Natural fabrics can be are a better choice of clothing for those with sensitive skin. Although some natural fibers have to be processed with chemicals, the process for synthetic fibers is much more extensive. Hence, if a consumer wears clothing made of natural fabrics, he/she would be subjected to fewer chemicals that cause allergic reactions. Organic natural fibers are fabrics not treated with such chemicals, hence being the best choice for those with sensitive skin.
3. Natural fibers are more sustainable. The production of synthetic fibers consumes high amounts of energy and involves the usage many nonrenewable resources. Hence synthetic fibers do not easily decompose. On the other hand, natural fibers derive from plants and animals, which result in a more biodegradable product. Natural fibers are easily decomposed, making them more environmentally friendly.
4. Organic fabrics can be carbon-neutral. Organic fabrics do not contribute to global warming as the production process does not release much carbon. For example, plants are able to absorb twice the amount of carbon dioxide that they emit. While, the production of synthetic fibers consumes large amounts of energy, further feeding global warming with the continuous emission of carbon dioxide. In addition, the process generates many pollutants that remain in the environment for a long time.
These are just the tip of the iceberg about the benefits of using natural fabrics. Natural fabrics may be more expensive, however, it is a sustainable choice that not only benefits its users but also the environment.