Types of Organic Clothing

There are several types of organic clothing whose classification depends on the approach used to categorize. Organic clothing can be categorized in terms of the targeted consumers and the source of the material fabric used in making them.  This article explores the types of organic clothing based on the source of material fabric.

Types of Organic Clothing – Animal fiber clothing

Organic clothes can be made from animal fibers.  Some of the fibers commonly used in the process are as discussed here below.

Wool – Organic clothing is available countrywide in woolen material and many have taken woolen fabric as a favorite. The fabric is obtained from alpacas, sheep and lamas reared free-range. Wool exhibits certain properties that fit clothing, bedding and even special wears as in the case of firefighting costumes. Woolen fabric moderates bodily temperature and is appropriate in all kind of weather; whether hot or cold. Wool is absorbent and regulates sweating; it is hypo-allergenic to the skin, quite resistant to bacterial growth and sufficiently fire resistant; justifying its use in firefighting costume.

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Silk – Silk has been regarded as a mystery fiber with evidence dating earliest silk clothing to 3500 BC. Silk is produced by an array or animals including but not limited to raspy crickets and moths but the predominant silk fiber more commonly present in silk organic clothing is from the mulberry silkworm larvae, Bombyx mori. Silk is a fine textured fiber that is obtained through sericulture and organic fibers are produced by organic sericulture practices and harvesting from the wild to be woven into clothe. Properties of silk including the shiny luster, soft texture, 11% moisture regain capability and durability has seen if preferred by many organic clothing consumers.

Cashmere – Cashmere wool refers to hair, different from sheep wool, obtained from the undercoat of certain goat types and specifically the cashmere goats. Organic cashmere is a warm clothe type good for insulation in cold weather, quite light and very soft. Clothing made from cashmere include but not limited to hats, gloves, blankets, outer coats, jackets, pants, pajamas and scarves.

Leather – Animal hides are another product that provides clothing that is considered organic. Leather is a product that is obtained from tanned hides and organic certification adheres to natural and non-synthetic mechanisms of material acquisition and processing. Leather is adored for its stylish, toughness and durability properties.

Types of Organic Clothing – Plant fiber cloth

There are different types of organic clothing that can be made from plant-based fiber. The following are plant-based examples of clothing fabric that define organic clothing named after the fabrics.

Cotton – Cotton is a widely available and in fact the most common clothe type both in the organic and conventional form. Cotton uses about 2.4% of world’s arable land and can be accessed from any store. Clothes are of different admirable varieties, both in form, quality, mass and coloration. Organic cotton fabric, harvested from seed-planted non-genetically modified cotton, is highly absorbent, quite durable and soft in texture and closely compared to wool, can be worn in virtually all weather types without much of discomfort.

Hemp – This is yet another natural plant fiber available in organic forms and harvested from the Cannabis sativa plant variety known as hemp. Hemp grows much quicker and produces 10% much yield than cotton. In addition, the plant is quite resistant to diseases and parasites and therefore this guarantees best quality in the organic form. Hemp is naturally multicolored into brown, white, black and green, much stronger and durable than any common cotton, resistant to mildew growth, soft, pliable and quite light. These properties exhibited by hemp positions it better for clothing and any kind of household fabric even though availability is still low. Hemp is fairly resistant to harmful ultraviolet sun rays even though bamboo is better.

Soy – Soy fiber is derived from the hulls of soybeans and can be appropriately described as a soybean byproduct. The hulls are characteristically tough deeming them appropriate for clothing fiber processing. After collection, the hulls are processed into fiber, which is later manufactured into clothing.  It is an Eco friendly and sustainable process that relies on byproducts with a spectacular result of durable cloth. Soy clothing is soft, silky and fairly elastic, properties that are required in normal wear clothing.

Bamboo - Bamboo clothing is a unique kind of organic clothing type. The cloth fabric is obtained from bamboo plant cellulose pulp. The cellulose is converted to fibers which can then be woven into clothing. What makes bamboo preferable is its highly absorbent nature, resistance to ultraviolet injection, airiness of the individual fibers and its wrinkle-resistant nature in addition to being tough. Bamboo is readily available due to the plant growing several inches per 24 hour time span and thus constant supply is guaranteed.

Selection of the right clothing to suit your needs is very important. By knowing the types of organic clothing that exist on the market, one is definitely likely to make the right choice before he/she goes for shopping of organic clothes

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