Trying to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Be Aware of What You Put on Your Body.

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Many people today have adopted green ideals. From changing light bulbs to stepping up recycling, people have found a variety of ways to become more environmentally-friendly.

If you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint as much as you can, you’ve got to be aware of the fabrics that you choose for your clothing, housewares and even furniture coverings.

Here are the fabrics that leave the smallest carbon footprint on the planet:


1.Organic Cotton

True organic cotton is often the best choice when it comes to your clothing. From printed T-shirts to sweats, you can find a wealth of clothing options made with this fiber.

Produced from seeds that aren’t genetically-modified, and grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic cotton is grown using agricultural practices that are friendly to the ecosystem.

Not only is organic cotton better for the environment but, because it doesn’t rely on harsh dyes, it is often the better choice for people with sensitive skin. While you may have to pay a few dollars more for clothing made out of organic cotton fibers, the richness of the fabric is well-worth the cost.



After soy crops are cut and used to produce food products, the hulls are used to produce fibers that are turned into fabric. This means that there is very little waste when it comes to the manufacturing of soy. Because soy fabric is both light and strong, it makes fabulous material for summer clothing as well as for active wear. Not only does soy fabric feel great against the skin, but it is biodegradable; you won’t have to feel guilty when it hits the landfill.



Hemp is both durable and strong, making it the perfect choice for environmentally-friendly housewares, furniture and clothing. Hemp is used to cover sofas, produce T-shirts and even make lovely pet collars.

Because hemp plants are resistant to disease and pests, they are grown with very little assistance from pesticides and herbicides. Additionally, hemp is able to grow in dry conditions, virtually eliminating the need for wasteful irrigation practices.

Some consumers worry about wearing hemp, thinking that it will somehow leach into their system, causing the same reaction as marijuana. Rest assured that the hemp that is used for fabric has few of the properties of its relative marijuana is derived from.



Bamboo grows at a very rapid rate, making it a sustainable source of material for textiles. The fabrics made from bamboo are highly absorbent and, perhaps best of all, wrinkle-resistant.

You can find bamboo clothing, furniture coverings, bed sheets and other home textiles. You can also find bamboo flooring, countertops and even furniture. Though the manufacturing of bamboo does have some impact on the environment, that impact is minimal when compared to the manufacturing of other, more traditional textiles.


5.Organic Wool

If you resist wearing wool because you are concerned about animals perishing for your fashion, organic wool is a great choice. The sheep aren’t slaughtered for their coats and, in fact, they are well taken care of on environmentally-friendly farms.

Organic wool is light and absorbent, making it the perfect winter-weather fabric. Produced without harmful chemicals, organic wool is perfect for people who have chemical sensitivities or allergic dermatitis.

Being aware of the fabrics that you choose to cover your body and home with can reduce your carbon footprint. By choosing sustainable clothing and housewares made from the five textiles above, you can be sure that you have done everything that you can to maintain your environmentally-friendly ideals while still remaining fashion conscious.

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