My natural fiber clothing detox
When buying clothes, I used to consider the following four points: appearance, comfort, size and price. I never considered the fabric of the clothing – as long as it fit my style, body and bank account balance, I was a happy camper.
Recently, I’ve added one more condition that my clothes must meet: they must be made of natural fiber such as cotton, linen, wool or silk. On my journey to a natural lifestyle in order to holistically address my autoimmune disease, I’ve adjusted many aspects of my life including my diet, my skin/hair/body care products, supplements, the quality of my drinking/bathing water and even my mattress. But until a few months ago, I didn’t think about detoxing my closet.
I don’t have the means to revamp my whole wardrobe, as limited as it is, with natural fiber pieces. As of 3 months ago, however, I made the vow to only purchase clothing made with at least 90% natural fiber. Slowly, I’m transitioning my closet to natural fiber pieces.
Natural fibers vs. synthetic fabric
Natural fiber clothing is made from natural materials that have been used to make clothing for thousands of years. Natural fibers include:
- Linen (made from flax)
- Jute (a very coarse fiber used for things like carpets, not clothing)
Synthetic fabrics could be considered plastic fabric. In a process called polymerization, chemically-derived fibers are joined together to create fabric. It requires a numerous chemicals and solvents to create any type of synthetic fabric (see #2 below). Common synthetic fabrics include polyester, rayon, modal, spandex and nylon.
Bamboo fabric, which is referred to as bamboo rayon or bamboo viscose, may sound like a natural fiber but it is produced more like a synthetic fabric. The choice to purchase natural fiber clothing reduces your toxic burden and the toxic burden on the environment.
Here are 5 reasons why I’m transitioning my closet to natural fibers!