Summer is here! (Well not really if you live in the northern areas but oh well) and are you ready for all the craziness it brings With it? All those vibrant and beautiful cotton and lawn prints that come out and the mayhem it causes over the whole country!
A third of fibre consumption is made by Cotton for the textile industry, according to a global apparel fibre consumption report published in 2013. The cotton production industry can be
· Labour intensive.
· Involves a lot of sweat.
· Chemicals. · Fresh water-20,000 liters of water to produce one kilogram of cotton. Moreover, The Organic Consumers Association remarked that cotton is the most toxic crop in the world because of using more than 25 percent of all the insecticides in the world and 12 percent of all the pesticides and that can’t be too good, right?
What if I tell you that a number of new ideas and innovative minds put together have come up with ways to compensate it from natural sources and raw materials and could possibly compete with the unsustainable product of the cotton plant!
Well the joke will be on me but I’m NOT kidding!
In an article in “The guardian”, three fruit-fabrics are featured that are eco-friendly and can give cotton a
competition and they even use up those parts of the plants that are left to rot and die normally!
v PINEAPPLE LEAVES
When we think of pineapple fruit trifles or it’s juice comes to our minds but Ananas Anum has been using them as an alternate for leather and is called Piñatex, this company communicates with pineapple farming communities to extract the fruit fibres from leaves in an extraction process called decortication. In Philippines, piña fabric is normally used because of it’s lightweight and fine qualities.
v COCONUT HUSK
An approximate shows that about 50 billion coconuts fall from trees annually and their shells and husks are tossed out! Coir, the coconut fabric is used in a variety of items from mats to brush bristles to many more items. In terms of clothing, the cocona fabric is a total winner,
v It dries fast.
v Absorbs odour.
v Offers UV protection.
v Doesn’t absorb heat so stays cool.
These fine qualities make it an ideal sports wear.
v BANANA STEMS
The fabric made from the banana stems, is already being used in Japan and Southeast Asia, the fine inner layers are used to make kimonos while the outer layers for table cloths, Baskets etc.
With these clothes coming in the market, organic clothes are going to be the most wanted and not only organic foods!! Let me wear my piña clothes so that I feel easy-breezy and fruity!!
Credits: Urooba Akhtar