Your choice of clothing affects the environment – This is how

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Are you aware of the environment when shopping for clothes?

Many of us usually don’t think so much about the environment when we buy our clothes. In the slentrian way, we are doing a little bit like we have always done. If you are over 35-40 years old, there was no environmental discussion about the impact of various materials on the environment. In addition, the access was limited if compared to today. The knowledge about what affects our environment was also limited. This we can not say today. Today, we know exactly how different materials and chemicals affects the environment. At least, we know the least impact on how they affect the environment. Over the years, we seem to come to more and more insights, for the environment, negative insights.

 

Natural or synthetic clothes affects the environment differently

Basically, there are two main groups of fabric that we can use for clothes. Synthetic or natural. These have different characteristics as well as pros and cons.

 

As you probably already guessed, it’s one better for the environment than the other.

 

Syntethic fabric (Artificial fibres)

As you understand from the name, these fabrics are manufactured in a synthetic way through chemical processes. This is a kind of plastic-like material that is extracted from petroleum ie fossil crude oil. The advantage of clothing of these materials is that they are cheap to manufacture and can have good qualities like that they breathe well if you sweat a lot. The disadvantage is, for example, that environmental impact is high at the time of production and that we do not know exactly how much chemicals affect our health. Today we know that our skin absorbs what it comes into contact with and that wearing clothes consisting of chemicals feels doubtful to many. The clothes should be recycled / sorted as plastic products.

Example of synthetic fabrics:

  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Acryl

Natural fabric (Natural fibres)

This group of fabrics, of course, comes from natural sources. (Read examples of fabrics below). The advantage of these materials is that they do not affect the environment in the same way as synthetic fabrics in production. Ie, plants (plant fiber) contribute to breaking down carbon dioxide as they grow. During fabric production, processes take not only from nature but also returns. The natural materials are also degradable and return easily to the cycle after its end of life of the fabric / garment.

Natural organic fabrics

This is a subgroup of the natural fabrics. Environmentally, the natural organic fabrics are superior in terms of environmental impact and local social aspects. Organic certification, such as GOTS, Global Organic Textile Standard, takes into account the most things you can think about in terms of environment and health. Social factors such as working conditions and wages are also included. Handling of irrigation, transportation, chemicals are also important parts that are regulated here. Read more about what’s included in the GOTS_Standard_5.0

More pros and cons can be found in previous blogs here: To the environmental blog.

Example of natural fabrics:

  • Cotton
  • Wool
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo

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B-LIGHT are proud to make certified natural organic clothes

If politicians, business leaders and other influensers  had done their job, there would be no other products than environmentally friendly. Certifications would be unnecessary. Unfortunately, the case is not so. The individual must think and act from his own mind. We at B-LIGHT only sell certified organic clothing of the highest quality. Nothing else will ever be in our web shop. We believe that long-term environmental work will produce results. For our and everyone’s future. We hope for your support and participation, together we are strong. If not you, who else?

Climate compensation for our organic clothing

B-LIGHT has begun to work on climate compensation for all our environmental impacts. Our goal is to give back 110% of what we have taken from nature. For each sale, our customers contribute to a better environment. Doesn’t that sound great? We think so. We will come back with more information regarding this.

 

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