5 Sustainable Clothing Brands That Make The World A Greener Place
Wellness is a lifestyle. So we meditate, do affirmations and journal for our mind. We do yoga, move regularly and eat clean food for our body. But what are we doing to support the wellness of our planet?
Most of us recycle—yay. But there’s one big-little lifestyle change that would make an insane difference to a thriving ecosystem:
It’s buying organic and hemp clothing.
Although cotton textiles account for only 2.5% of total agriculture, farmers dump an overwhelming amount of pesticides and herbicides on these non-edible crops—a full 16.5% of worldwide pesticide usage. These toxic chemicals destroy the delicate balance of living organisms in the soil—fungi, protozoa, microbes, arthropods—and bind up minerals like magnesium and zinc that make food nourishing. Eating organic is a huge step in taking responsibility for our great green earth. But the next-level leap is buying and wearing as much organic, hemp, and fair-trade clothing as possible.
More reasons to buy organic
We tend to think of the skin as more of a protective layer. But in reality, it’s a semi-permeable membrane.
Doctors recommend we get magnesium and other minerals through transdermal supplementation like sprays and oils. But the skin isn’t very selective. For the same reason you don’t want to wear commercial chemical sunscreens and lotions, you’ll want to keep conventional clothes off of your body. The toxins are absorbed through your skin, which can cause external irritation and internal stress to detox organs.
On our spiritual journeys, one of the main goals is to become fully congruent with our values. Imagine yourself going about your day, being kind and compassionate to others, doing what you love, loving your body, and inspiring others. Now imagine doing all of this in clothing that was manufactured by children and other exploited workers who aren’t even paid a tenth of a living wage. It’s a pretty big conflict. And whether you realize it or not, it’s bringing down your vibes.
But when you wear certified fair-trade clothing, and especially clothing made in the U.S, you can be guaranteed that no one was harmed or taken advantage of—you can more fully live out your values. But you don’t have to sacrifice an ounce of style or comfort. Aside from Sivana Spirit’s collection of hemp and organic apparel, Here are five amazing organic/hemp brands that you can feel great about wearing:
PACT is committed to creating a healthier planet through their trademark super soft clothing—I mean, it’s to-die-for, make-a-chinchilla-jealous soft. They carry a line of simple and elegant clothing that comprises yoga pants, leggings, tanks, tees, socks, thongs, boyshorts, dresses, sweatshirts and hoodies. And with prices starting at $15, you don’t have to break the bank.
Jungmaven’s vision to save the planet is to get everyone in a hemp t-shirt by 2020. Because hemp has an uncanny ability to bring carbon back into the soil (where it belongs), and it’s so hardy that it doesn’t require any pesticides. Jungmaven offers a range of uber-stylish (and durable) pieces including tanks, tops, dresses, sweatshirts, and bandanas—available in 100% hemp and hemp/organic cotton blends. At $40 and up, they’re not cheap. But, since hemp gets stronger with each wash, these clothes will last over twice as long as conventional cotton. Consider it an investment.
Nomads’ hemp/cotton blends are among the sexiest in the sustainable clothing industry. If you’re comfortable in form fitting yoga gear, you’ll relish the close fit of their dresses, blouses, tanks, hoodies, leggings, shorts, and skirts. With hemp shoes to round out the list, Nomads’ has perhaps the most complete collection of sustainable wear available. They also use cool fabrics like bamboo and soy, too.
Easily the largest sustainable clothing manufacturer, prAna has humble roots. Like, selling-yoga-and-rock-climbing-pants-out-of-milk-crates-in-their-garage humble. Though a portion of their materials are conventionally crafted, each piece is fair-trade certified, and many styles include organic cotton, recycled plastic, and hemp. Check out their sustainable styles here.
The best thing about prAna, aside from the quality, is how their active wear translates perfectly into social situations like dinners and parties.
Yala’s mission is to make every woman feel beautiful and comfortable in their body. They’re unique on this list because their flowy dresses, tops and bottoms are made almost entirely from sustainably-farmed organic bamboo, called viscose—which just happens to be perfect for spring and summer. Impossibly soft baby clothes and bedding are also included in the Yala line.
Wearing conventional clothes doesn’t make you a bad person, and wearing sustainable doesn’t make you more evolved. But if you make it a point to buy a couple sustainable pieces every few months, you’ll be doing yourself a favor while supporting a greener earth.
Start with the incredible brands listed in this article. And however slowly you begin, just make sure to begin. Our world is counting on you.
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