"Familiarizing the products for an eco friendly homes" is the goal of Q4 for Blog Chatter's Cause A Chatter program. In this connection, My earlier posts brought before my readers the list of organic products, bio gas for cooking and best storage containers. Almost the prominent features concerning the essential aspect of FOOD is over.
Coming to the immediate requirement after food is CLOTHING without which the humans cannot survive healthily. This blogpost will introduce you to the clothes that are sustainable and in other words eco friendly. With your intelligent choice of clothes also you can invariably reduce the carbon foot prints and make your home an eco friendly place to live in.
WHAT IS SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING ?
Sustainable clothing refers to fabrics derived from eco-friendly resources, such as sustainably grown fiber crops or recycled materials. Sustainable clothing includes the use of second-hand retail repair and often utilizes upcycling and recycling of clothing. It also refers to how these fabrics are made.
1. They are biodegradable, which means that once you've finished using them, they
will naturally disintegrate without releasing any harmful poisons into the land
2. They are free of any harmful pollutants. Natural
dyes are generated entirely from natural sources like plants and insects,
making them non-toxic to anyone who comes into contact with them without
releasing hazardous by-products into the environment like conventional colours.
3. They are hypoallergenic, which means that when skin is exposed to them,
they are less likely to produce allergic responses. This is perfect for those
who have sensitive skin, such as eczema, as well as new-borns and toddlers.
In this scenario, a fashion magazine states that “ If eco-friendly fashion ever wants a torchbearer, khadi will be a natural choice. This hand-spun fabric is usually associated with a coarse texture. However, “khadi (or khaddar) can actually refer to any natural fabric (cotton or silk) that has been handspun and handwoven,” -Vogue.
the greatness of KHADI.
LET'S LOOK INTO KHADI IN DETAIL:
Khadi (pronounced [kʰaːdiː], Khādī), derived from
khaddar, is a hand-spun and woven natural fibre cloth promoted by
Mahatma Gandhi as swadeshi (self-sufficiency) for the freedom struggle of the
Indian subcontinent, and the term is used throughout India, Pakistan and
Indian Khadi clothes can be worn in any weather. It's
warm in the winters and cool in the summers. Khadi material is a
body-friendly fabric that does not cause any allergies or
irritations, unlike other synthetic fabrics. Khadi dyes and weaves are
done by hand.
The spinning of khadi uses no machines or energy and thus
has a low carbon footprint. A metre of khadi fabric consumes three litres of
water, while one metre of mill-produced fabric requires 55 litres of the
precious resource. Plus, khadi clusters also generate direly needed income to
rural Indian communities.
Khadi when combined with embroidery like chikan, kantha,
kashida, ajrakh, block prints, etc. can give rise to festive wear; which is
very different from the casual look of Khadi. Hence, Khadi may be incorporated
in a variety of occasions in our life from professional to festive, be it our
clothing or home décor.
Fashion industry happens to be one of the most waste and
pollution generating industries. With the recent effects on the climate, Khadi
happens to be the solution to this problem since it is organic and has zero
carbon footprint. Besides, with the global temperature rising, Khadi provides a
cooling solution both for the producer and the consumer.
This way it is guaranteed that khadi products
are made exclusively from natural raw materials. These include herbal
oils, herbal extracts and floral water as well as essential oils and flavors
from certified organic farming or wild collection.
WHAT IS WEAVING?
The Egyptians were known for their ability to grow,
process and weave linen however it was in India and Peru where they created the
first cotton. Mesopotamia produced wool fabrics and China was the first to
country to produce silk.
With this a sustainable clothing is being introduced
to us by weavers, let see the weaving process.
Weaving is a method of textile production in
which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to
form a fabric or cloth. Other methods are knitting, crocheting, felting, and
braiding or plaiting
are approximately 5mn looms in the country. India has 1.8mn shuttle
looms which is 45 per cent of world capacity, and 3.90mn handlooms which is 85
per cent of world capacity. Traditional hand-weaving instills
pride, provides independence and has the simple ability to bring a community
Regions, villages, and communities throughout India have
unique weaving traditions with distinct customs and patterns. Depending on the
location, textiles may be woven from cotton, wool, or silk. Today, weaving remains
important to India's economy with roughly 4.3 million people involved. Woven
Fabrics are more durable and less likely to lose their color.
WILL THESE (Woven /Khadi) BE SUITABLE TO EVERYONE ?
Its bit tough to decide. In order to cater to the needs of different tastes and sizes, Many brands are coming up with sustainable clothing to assists their customers to make the shift easily.
Here is a list of online platform that provide sustainable
Indian clothing. You can shop from here
For the convenience of the fashion minded people and to
make eco- friendly clothing accessible & affordable to all - Amal Kiran Jana is a designer from India and the founder of Afterlife
Project which is a sustainability development project supporting global
and unique designers in 360 degrees.
New research reveals that Norway is
one of the world's top 10 most sustainable fashion-conscious countries. To
be a contributor to save the planet try these:
Support sustainable brands
Donate, don’t throw out
Use earth friendly detergents
Swap with friends and neighbors'
Sell wanted clothing
Save water when washing
10. Dip dry
11. Think twice about dry cleaning
12. Upcycle clothing
13. Re purpose and re use worn or un wanted clothing
14. Shop second hand first
above all embrace slow fashion, Slow fashion allows communities to develop their circular manufacturing system by cultivating their sustainable fabric, utilising natural colours from local plants, and hand weaving the garments.
With this awareness and simple steps we all can easily bring in the eco friendly fashion into lives and save the planet and share the joy of moving towards eco friendly home.
(This blogpost is a part of Blogchatter's Cause A Chatter)