Have you ever wondered, how much of resources you use, every time you adorn that favorite pair of jeans? Take, a wild guess…5 Buckets? 10 buckets? Actually, a lot more than that – 1000 gallons of water, and that is not an exaggeration. Remotely, everything that we wear, more or less uses a huge chunk of valuable resources, which ultimately becomes futile. For instance, the usage of synthetic dyes. Synthetic dyes are made up of chemical compounds that can be harmful to humans, especially those who work in their production. Some of the chemicals found in synthetic dyes are mercury, lead, chromium, copper, sodium chloride, toluene, and benzene. Exposure to large doses of these substances can be toxic and can have severe effects in the human body. Water pollution can also result from manufacturing synthetic dyes when untreated dye effluent is dumped directly on bodies of water.
The solution to all these problems probably lies in opting for sustainable or slow fashion. To put things into simplest form of understanding, sustainable fashion is opting for clothing choices that exercise techniques that are not harmful for the environment. It is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of awareness the goal of which is to create a system, which can be supported indefinitely in terms of human impact on the environment and social responsibility. How does opting for natural dyes and fabric helps with that? The word, ‘natural’, is the key here. Everything that is found in nature, by default is biodegradable. The implication being, it can be rot over a certain period of time and become a part of earth, eventually, turning into other form of natural resources for example trees. So, if one uses natural dyes, which is biodegradable, the water even after the usage remains in reusable condition. All natural dyes are made of either vegetables, fruits or flowers and they are all pretty far away from any toxic materials whatsoever. Similarly, fabrics that are made of natural yarns, such as cotton, jute, or silk again are biodegradable unlike polyester yarns which take ages to decompose and are incapable of doing so by any natural means.
One of the many advantages of natural dyes and fabrics is that they are soft against the skin and possess a breathability, which their synthetic counterparts lack. Plus they give you a contentment of giving back to mother nature the purity that she has always showered you with, which can not be attained by any other means of fashion.
Mother earth has given us a lot, and each one of us need to contribute in their own way to give it back to mother earth. Susatianable practices, specially in terms of clothing, become a crucial part of the system since fashion directly or indirectly is an inevitable part of our lives. By opting for sustainable or slow fashion, you can enjoy the process that has been created with hands, labour, passion and a lot of love for mother nature, with pieces that are nothing short of timeless, both in making and wearing.