For many of us on a natural living journey, making the switch to organic clothes falls at the bottom of our priority list. While organic clothing is more expensive, there are many reasons why you should make the switch soon.
My family lives a pretty clean lifestyle. We’re not perfect by any means and we try to adhere to the 80/20 rule so we can keep our sanity. That said, we’re always trying to do better with our lifestyle.
One area I have really struggled with tackling is the issue of clothing for our family. Organic and sustainable clothing was way far down our priority list when we first started on our natural living journey.
Now that we’ve cleaned up our food, personal care products and cleaning products, it’s time to shift the focus to those areas we were afraid to tackle in the past. I’m slowly, but surely, working my way towards owning a more sustainable wardrobe full of organic fabrics.
It’s actually the perfect time for me to tackle this area of my life. I’ve lost about 50 pounds in the last year, so I’m in need of a new wardrobe. Combine that with my desire to minimize my belongings and you have the perfect formula for success.
Instead of investing in a large wardrobe full of cheaply made clothes, this time I’d like to focus on creating a much smaller wardrobe with pieces of clothing that look good on me without harming the environment so much.
prAna recently sent me a new organic outfit to add to my little stash of organic clothing. The quality feels great and I feel like the sizes may run a bit large (the pants in the image are a 6 and the shirt is a S and I’m 5’7″ and 120 pounds to give you perspective).
I really respect the work that prAna is doing to bring organic and sustainable clothing choices to more people.
If you’re wondering why you should care about choosing sustainable and organic clothes, here are a few reasons you should ponder.
Reduce Your Pesticide Exposure
Cotton is one of the crops that is most heavily sprayed with pesticides. Residue from those pesticides is left on the cotton, even after harvest.
You wear clothes nearly 24 hours a day. Shouldn’t the material that’s touching your skin be free of pesticides?
Even if you’re not worried about yourself. Think about the farm workers and all of the harmful, toxic pesticides they’re exposing themselves to every day to support our clothing habit.
Stop Supporting GMO Cotton Production
As someone who avoids purchasing foods containing GMO ingredients in it as much as possible, I feel that it’s the most ethical thing for me to avoid all GMO crops – even in my clothing.
I have found the only way to assure myself that the cotton clothing I’m purchasing isn’t made from GMO cotton is to purchase organic.
Show Your Love for the Environment
I am a huge environmentalist, even if you don’t always see me out there doing a ton of activist work. Ever since I was a little girl, I have felt a very special connection to Mother Earth, and I’ve always wanted to protect her.
As a child, I would organize neighborhood trash cleanups, I talked my parents into recycling and I was already talking about plastic reduction to people when I was 11.
I realize that if I’m supporting conventional agriculture with my clothing purchases, I’m not doing our planet any good. According to the prAna website, you can save water and reduce acidification of the soil when you choose organic over conventional cotton.
Knowing that I’m making choices that are better for Mother Earth makes me feel good inside.
Help Move the Needle
I always recommend that people vote with their dollars. I do that with our food, personal care products and cleaning products. It’s time that we start to do the same with clothing.
When we start voting with our dollars, the big companies start paying attention. Have you noticed all of the big, conventional food companies buying up all of the smaller, natural and organic companies?
If we start voting with our dollars with our clothing purchases the same way we do with our food, we can help move the needle towards more affordable and accessible organic clothes. So we need to support the companies like prAna that are making organic clothes available now.
Your Kids Are Watching
Have you noticed your kids watching what you do? You can speak all you want, but if you aren’t modeling the behavior you want to see in them, you won’t get the desired results.
I always wonder if my kids are really listening when I talk about food, the planet and other important concerns. I love spotting those small moments when I can see from their actions that they’re listening and assimilating.
It’s times like earlier this week when we were walking by the lake and the things they want to have their pictures taken by are things that symbolize the lessons we want to impart on them.
Share love with the world.
And take care of the planet because we’re all connected.
If your kids see you filling your closet with a ton of cheap clothes made from unsustainable, conventional fabrics, that’s what they’ll see as normal.
If you choose organic clothes and talk about why that is important, even if you have a smaller wardrobe, they’ll see that as normal.
We have a chance to teach the next generation to care more for the Earth than the generations before them. We have a chance to help lead them down a path to a more sustainable future.
But we have to walk the talk if we want them to follow us down that path.