Have you ever thought that the beautiful Scarf, sweater, cardigan or shawl you just pulled out from your wardrobe maybe carrying toxic load on your body as well as the environment?
Most of us are ignorant about the fabrics we wear and barely ever bother to look at the fabric labels. As consumers, we are becoming more and more aware about the food we eat, and most of us check the ingredients of any food product we buy and we want to know how it was produced. However, when it comes to clothes, most of us pay no attention. We will hopefully realise soon that although we do not ingest directly our clothings, it does have direct impact on our lives.
Let us look at the winter season favourite clothes & accessories. If you look around yourself every store, every big mart, mall, supermarket, small souvenir store is selling you cheap blanket wool looking scarves (other than pullovers, jackets, cardigans etc) . They all have one thing in common – they are Acrylic!
So what is Acrylic then? In easy layman language, it is nothing but synthetically produced fiber with the same basic composition as that of Plastic which in chemical terms is acrylonitrile! YES you read it right, you will actually be wearing a version of plastic on your skin every time you purchase an Acrylic scarf. It maybe soft, lightweight, machine washable and above all easy on your pocket. It may look beautiful, but in the end it is plastic. These man made synthetic fabrics were made because they can be mass produced at a very cheap price and you can have so many new fashionable pieces every few weeks.
Again, just like any other plastic substance Acrylic is non biodegradable and non recyclable. It releases 730,000 synthetic microfibers per wash and aggravates our problem of water pollution. Hence what you are buying maybe slowly damaging your environment.
So to live healthy and be friendly to your environment, you may want to surround yourself with natural fabrics like wool, cotton, hemp & silk. Very often even these fabrics maybe chemically treated at some point during manufacturing, but you are still safe with natural fibers than wearing toxic plastic. All you need to do while buying a garment is flip it, check the label and understand the composition. Invest in a piece because it is natural and because it will last you for many years.
Choose fashion wisely!