How can you find warm and eco-friendly winter clothing?
Opting for a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle involves adapting to changing seasons. In winter, however, it’s not always easy to dress warmly while respecting the environment.
Winter clothes manufacturing is very polluting and often conceals animal cruelty. In 2015, the Greenpeace association revealed that our cold-weather clothing contains perfluorocarbons (PCFs), chemicals that pollute the environment. In addition, every year, thousands of animals are killed in appalling conditions for the clothing industry, whether for their skin or their fur.
In light of this, how can you find ethical and eco-friendly winter clothes?
Eco-friendly winter clothing: sweaters knitted with natural fibers
One of the first things you should do when buying a sweater to keep you warm in the winter is read the labels. Conventional cotton, whose production is extremely polluting, and synthetic fibers from petrochemicals are certainly warm, but they should be avoided. Fortunately, there are many types of natural fibers that are environmentally-friendly, ethical and above all, warm and cozy.
Flax cultivation is becoming increasingly widespread, as the plant requires 5 times less fertilizer and pesticides than cotton. In addition, linen is an excellent thermal insulator. It’s recyclable, biodegradable and above all very soft. It’s the ideal fabric for eco-friendly winter clothing.
Hemp doesn’t require any pesticides, chemical fertilizers or artificial irrigation. It’s a very resistant fiber, almost indestructible and highly insulating. This material is becoming more and more common in the eco-friendly fashion world.
Nettle fiber is very resistant, flexible and thermoregulatory. It’s also known for its shine and brilliance, reminiscent of silk. However, this material is expensive, because the nettle fiber is unfortunately not very prevalent.
Finding an eco-friendly winter coat is possible!
Outdoor coats made to withstand our harsh winters have recently been singled out because they contain chemicals called PCFs. These components spread in nature and pollute the environment. They are also on the list of endocrine disruptors.
Winter coats made from animal materials are equally criticized. An increasing number of people following vegan fashion trends denounce animals being abused for their skin or their fur.
Fortunately, many eco-friendly and vegan clothing brands are emerging and offer winter coats made with respect for the environment and animals.
Many of these brands have chosen to locally manufacture their clothing. On the one hand to boost the local economy and reduce their product journey, on the other hand to have more control over the quality of their clothing.
Finding warm and eco-friendly winter clothing is possible. Everyone is tempted to buy a cheap, warm coat made from synthetic materials. However, you only need to practice a bit of discipline when shopping: learn about brands that produce ethical and warm clothing and carefully read the description of the materials used on the label.
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