When it comes to what we put on, most of us focus on fashion and style before anything else. There is another important issue to look for before your choice of clothing and that is the kind of fabric the outfit is composed off. If you choose synthetic fabrics, you put yourself to the risk of inhaling chemicals or absorbing them through your skin.
Artificial fabrics contain various toxic chemicals such as dye fixatives made from heavy metals, formaldehyde, flame-retardant chemicals, petrochemical dyes, chemically treated wood pulp and volatile organic compounds. Such chemicals harm our health by disturbing hormones and contributing to the damage of the immune system, cancers and behavioral problems.
Save yourself from the aforementioned health risks and go for the following natural fabrics:
Enjoy wearing the luxurious product of silk worm and show off its magnificent sheen. Silk is lightweight and very strong; however, it needs special care as it fades with excessive sun exposure and would snag with ease.
Being a natural fabric is not the only benefit of wool. Wool is also a natural fire retardant and is resistant to dust mites, mold, bacteria and mildew. This sheep product is perfect for insulation against temperature changes so it keeps your warmth in the cold and keeps you cool when the temperature is warm.
While wool comes from sheep, cashmere comes from goats, particularly Kashmir goats. Cashmere is one of the best natural fabrics due to its softness and lightness. This fabric is also very expensive because one cashmere sweater would take the fleece of about 6 goats to be made.
Hemp is one of the most durable natural fabrics and is distinguished by the porous nature which makes it provide wonderful ventilation and stay colorful. This fabric is also resistant to UV light and mold.
Cotton is the most comfortable fabric to wear directly on the skin because it absorbs the moisture from the skin and is hypoallergenic. Look out from products that have synthetic materials mixed with cotton because they provide a lower quality.