Why Natural Fabrics Are Better For You
I talk a lot about ‘natural fabrics’ in many of my posts, and I thought it would be a really good idea to explain why.
Natural fibres, to me, mean an abundance of things. As I sew, they are first and foremost the easiest things to make clothes with. Most breathe well, wear well and are generally more comfortable and sustainable than other fibres.
I find this is super important when it comes to nerve paresthesia, which, for me, makes me feel like there’s electricity crawling under my skin. Good-fucking-luck touching me then, and if you want me out of my pyjamas, it’s going to take one hell of a lot of convincing.
I’ve been very lucky, and I’ve been able to make a fair portion of my clothing using such natural fabrics, which not only gives me control over what styles I wear but what fabric touches my super-sensitive-princess-skin.
The other thing that natural fabrics are really great for is sustainability and ethics.
I know. Sigh. Emma. Boring. Get off your high horse. But hear me out.
First thing is first, how do you really feel about the fact that your lovely Topshop Tee that’s super soft was made… In China. In a sweatshop. By kids.
I’m not saying that this is the case for all things made in China (have you seen some of their hand-beading?), but for the majority of fast fashion brands, which are using cheap synthetic materials, this is the most economical way of creating their clothing.
Second of all, the material itself is made out of – you guessed it – synthetically made fibres. Synthetic fabrics are what are most commonly found in fast fashion products. Easy and cheap to make, the fibres are chemically derived and are absolutely shocking for the environment, using excessive water and electricity as well as environmentally degrading chemicals. These fabrics include rayon, polyester, modal, nylon and spandex.
Natural fabrics are;
I’ll be the first one to admit that a little bit of spandex isn’t the worst thing for pain, and I’ll also admit that natural fabrics are more expensive. However, they are more sustainable, and they certainly help combat skin sensitivity, sweating and fluctuating temperatures. (Also you have to iron less. Win/win!)
There are, of course, synthetic fabrics that if made well, are super great. You’re looking at fabrics like Tencel, denim and cotton. Surprise; cotton is crap for the environment.
You can find the information about the fabrics of the clothing you’re purchasing either under the details section of the website you’re browsing on (in bed), or if you’re brave and shopping in person (so, not me), there’ll be a tag somewhere on the inside of the garment giving very confusing washing information and fabric content.
A note: bamboo is a bit of a weird fabric, but I really, really like it. Because it is a natural fabric, technically, it comes up under this heading. However, because it is so difficult to break down, it can use more chemicals or hard labour to break down. Can is the key word here, as some companies, like bamboo boody, make a serious point of NOT doing this. Do your research kids.