Judging from the major fashion designers joining the green movement, stylish clothes created from sustainable, nontoxic, vegan, or recycled materials aren’t just healthy—they’re hip. Here’s what to look for.
HEMP: The hemp plant is grown with few or no pesticides because it’s naturally resistant to insects, fungus, and other pests. Hemp fabrics have the feel of linen.
ORGANIC COTTON: One conventional cotton T-shirt requires nearly one-third pound of pesticides and fertilizers. Go nontoxic:
ORGANIC WOOL: This renewable natural fiber is chemical free. Sheep eat organic feed, graze on pesticide-free land, and are not treated with pesticides or hormones.
RECYCLED PLASTIC: Fibers made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic bottles are a soft alternative to polyester.
TENCEL: Made from the natural cellulose found in wood pulp (from tree farms), this fabric is comfortable and breathable with a texture like rayon.
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