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Is Eco-Friendly Clothing Worth The Investment?

 

Is Eco Friendly Clothing Worth The Investment

No doubt about it, environmentally friendly clothing is more expensive than traditional clothing. This is because everything about the process of making organic clothes costs more, from the organic soil to the natural methods used to remove pests from the crops. Once harvested, the material must be processed without the use of chemicals, dyes or bleach. This takes additional time, effort and money. As such, environmentally friendly clothing is higher in price since manufacturers are passing on the extra cost to the consumer. In fact, organic clothing is often quite a bit more expensive than traditional clothing or fabric. 


The question is whether eco-friendly clothes are worth the additional investment. 

Many would say no, that clothes get dirty, stained, torn, or simply worn out and cannot be used any longer. Once clothing is damaged, it is difficult to salvage the item, no matter how much someone may have initially paid for it. Clothing does not appreciate in value the same way other traditional investments might, such as real estate or quality jewelry. Others, however, would beg to differ and might start by stating that organic fabric is usually a higher quality than cheap, overly processed cotton or other fabrics. As a result, eco-friendly clothing actually tends to last longer than other items might and therefore can cost less than replacing cheaper items sooner. 

Additionally, many people find eco-friendly clothing to be comfortable and less irritating than processed clothing, which can actually reduce the cost of medication and other costs associated with allergies. This may also contribute to spending less money on different types of clothing as a consumer seeks clothing that does not irritate sensitive skin. 

One of the most compelling arguments, however, is that the investment is actually not a monetary one – it is an investment in the environment. When organic soil is used, this avoids the use of damaging pesticides that can seep into nearby water or food. The same holds true for eco-friendly processing without dyes, chemicals or bleach. Purchase enough eco-friendly clothing and the investment goes a long way towards avoiding pesticides, chemicals and dyes that can pollute the environment. Over time, this can make a significant difference in the environment and the health of the planet as a whole. 

On a smaller note, environmentally friendly clothing is usually fairly neutral in appearance. As such, fewer items can go further in a wardrobe and be used in a variety of ways, from yoga class to running errands and even to work. If an individual makes an effort to purchase organic clothing that works together in a variety of ensembles, the value increases.

There is no doubt that environmentally friendly clothing options cost more money and for many people, the investment is questionable when there is so much cheap material available. The decision as to whether this investment is worth it is a personal one. However, it is important to note that there are a wide variety of eco-friendly clothing brands available at a wide variety of stores.

These clothing options often range in price and are often much more affordable than in the past, thanks to the growing popularity of environmentally friendly options. For example, purchase any item from a high-end department store and the price will often be higher than at other stores, regardless of whether the clothes are eco-friendly or not. Purchase clothing at a less expensive store and the clothes will cost less, regardless of whether it is organic or not.  Also, shopping online can provide an even wider range of available choices and price points for individuals. 

Finally, consumers can also consider the option of buying recycled clothing, which is often cheaper than some organic fabrics. Some consignment clothing stores now feature organic clothing as well as traditional clothing items, making it an even more affordable choice. 

Do you think eco-friendly clothing is worth the investment?

 

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Comments

Nice article and interesting point of views !  
Nevertheless, I don’t understand your "Sustainable Apparel" pdf file to download, because Bamboo and Soy are not sustainable at all, the chemical process to transform the Bamboo and the Soy into Viscose of Bamboo and Viscose of Soy at done with a non sustainable process very harmful for the environment with the use of VOC Chemicals that would be completely forbidden in a production process in Europe. Bamboo and Soy fibers are NOT sustainable, this is wrong and consumers have the mind mix-up by the fact tha Bamboo is a sustainable wood for furniture and with great natural anti-bacterian properties, but the textile process to use it as fiber in garments is one of the worst on the planet for the environment! 
Posted @ Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:27 PM by Bruno
Thanks for the read and comments, Bruno. The eco-friendly nature of bamboo (or it's lack thereof) is widely debated! We are aware of the misconception and conducted further research. Our specific findings on the exact nature of eco-friendly bamboo can be found here: http://bit.ly/Pc8yxA
Posted @ Wednesday, September 12, 2012 2:36 PM by Tara
Dear Tara, 
 
Thank you for your reply and for the link to your previous Bamboo publication. You are right, but your article is very clear : 
- Bamboo is "eco" when used as an natuaral anti-bacterian finishing added to other materials fibers. 
- Bamboo fibers (Rayon of Bamboo / Viscose of Bamboo) as not "eco" due to their bad production process. 
Correct ? 
Thank you 
Bruno
Posted @ Monday, September 17, 2012 6:29 AM by Bruno
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