Natural Alternatives

These days many have realized what is slowly destroying our planet and causing our own harm, therefore are using as many natural products as possible, including clothing. Harmful, man-made products are made directly from chemicals, which include heavy metals, flame retardants, ammonia, and formaldehyde ( ) to make materials such as rayon, polyester, and acrylic, materials we wear everyday without even realizing. Certain dyes in denim are linked to causing cancer. Antibacterial fabrics and workout gear, are also linked to cancers and ironically, obesity.

 Natural and better-for-the-earth alternatives are cotton, silk, and wool; which come to us without harm to anything, from the slimy silkworm cocoon, to the fluffy, friendly sheep. The only difference you would realize is how you’re helping the planet. With that being said, this winter will bring plenty of chances to wear some warm, cozy, adorable sweaters made of natural materials. Wool is one of my favorites because its warms you up the quickest, it seems that way, at least. All natural, 100% cotton; need I say more? There truly is nothing better than a fresh and clean cotton shirt.

Be on the look out for the lovely camel hair and angora as well as four plant fibers, cotton, flax, hemp, and jute. ( And don’t worry, unlike other options fur coats and scarves, the camels are not harmed in the making. If you like leather, this next one is for you! Rather than using harsh chemicals, vegetable-tanner is used for leather made from vegetables and tree bark along with other plants in the mix. Another mix, from mushroom caps called Muskin, and Pinatex, from pineapples, is also making its way into the world of leather. (

Keep in mind that you can find any of your fashion favorites naturally; dressy work wear, tank tops, leggings, skirts, and bathing suits. You can bring this trend with you all year round! There is no limit, as you don’t have to sacrifice fashion to help make this world a better place. 😉 Some clothing lines make recycled clothing too, from cotton scraps to plastic bags. The cotton scraps from previously used items are brought together to be reused for your new cotton Tee and even socks, instead of getting tossed in the trash and polluting. We could even save some cute sea animals by wearing recycled plastic bag items.

Now, of course you’re not a bad fashionista for not using ALL natural clothing, but the more you add to your wardrobe, the better affect it can have on almost everyone around you. The hope is that wearing these clothing materials will significantly reduce the amount of harm done in the end.