It’s becoming fashionable to be environmentalist but anything that helps in preserving the Earth is good. One outcome of all this hype about being eco friendly is that more and more people are turning to natural and organic clothing. However, one thing that most people do not realise is that when you give up using synthetics and turn to eco friendly, renewable resources for clothing, more than anyone else, they are helping themselves. Clothes made from organically grown natural fibres are skin friendly and keep you comfortable all day long. If you think that cotton and wool are the only natural yarns, it’s time for a reality check. Various kinds of plants and weeds are made into yarns and clothes produced from such yarns have their own unique feel and quality.
One of the more popular yarns that have caught the fancy of the fashionista in recent years happens to be bamboo yarn. Depending on the climatic conditions and fertility of the soil, this plant can grow 3 to 4 feet a day. Yarn made from bamboo is very soft and silky which can be mixed with cotton as well as used alone to make cloth. Available in 16 shades, bamboo yarn is being hailed as the yarn of the future.
Though not as popular as bamboo, corn yarn is the novelty that everyone in the market is eyeing. Made from corn fibre corn yarn has a flat wide strand. It’s fast overtaking all other natural fibres as clothes made from corn yarn are very easy to care. You can put them in washer as well as in dryer without damaging them.
Another hugely popular and much in demand natural yarn is soysilk yarn. Soft as silk, yet capable of keeping you warm, soysilk is spun from soy protein. Dress up in soysilk for complete chic look without compromising on your green principles.
Hemp fibre and yarn has been used for more than 10,000 years by Chinese and Taiwanese for making shoes, ropes, clothes and early form of paper. Hemp yarn is very strong but not very soft to touch so it is mixed with other fibres to produce cloth that is both durable and supple.
Lastly, I would like to mention seasilk yarn that is made from mixing seaweed fibre and silk fibre in the ratio of 30:70 which gives it both strength and softness. Hand dyed in rich, vivacious colours seasilk yarn is ideal for bold knits.
Wearing clothes made from organic and natural yarns is important not only to make a fashion statement but to conserve the environment and its delicate ecological balance. Such clothes make you appear beautiful and keep you comfortable at the same time reducing your carbon footprints.