I’ve always been a huge proponent of thrift store shopping, it’s hands-down my favorite stress release activity. However, when thinking about my style and clothing options I began to consider sustainable fabrics.
Truthfully, I didn’t know a lick about sustainable fabric. But I did have an inkling that the textile industry is riddled with severe environmental impacts. Between the heavy use of pesticides, the amount of water the finishing process pollutes, the carbon dioxide put out by the transportation of the fabric goods, and last but not least the water and energy it takes to wash and dry clothes once they end up in your closet.
But in this society, we have to wear clothes.
Fortunately (or unfortunately), it is socially required…
So my first spin around the sustainable fabric wheel was with bamboo fabric.
ERRRR! Wait, I thought that was the stuff that Panda’s eat…
Well yes, it is. But it is also used to a wide variety of other things.
It was on sale, I was having a long week, and Facebook was very intelligently targeting me with ads…Apparently after looking up a ton of eco-friendly and yoga stuff, Facebook targeted me with Green Apple Active yoga wear. The clothes were cute, and who doesn’t love getting a new cute yoga outfit in the mail?
Come to find out some interesting reasons why bamboo fabric is great for the environment:
- Bamboo grows super fast
- Since bamboo is considered a grass, it is cut and not uprooted which is better for the soil it grows in
- Bamboo yields the same volume as cotton from 10% of the land area
- It usually only requires rain water to grow
- It is biodegradable
- Bamboo grows very well without any extra fertilizers or pesticides
Not only are the clothes super soft, but perfect for yoga-ing. More research to come but these yoga clothes are Brooke-tested, and eco-fabulous approved.