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The fast fashion industry is one of the world’s worst polluters. But eco-friendly ways of consuming fashion and textile products can help lessen the impact on the environment.
This World Environment Day, let us understand how the textile industry is causing pollution and what can you do to limit it.
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World Environment Day is a global outreach program by the UN that advocates for raising awareness about the environment.
Clothes are common items in our everyday life. But they are one of the biggest causes of environmental degradation. The main problems caused by the textile industry are water, air, and waste pollution.
If you are thinking of making a sustainable living switch, switch to eco-friendly socks made of bamboo.
Here is why we are recommending this.
The textile industry produces greenhouse gas emissions and water pollution. Furthermore, the discarded clothes get dumped at landfills, filling them with microfiber plastic waste.
The EPRS (2019, 2020) noted that the production of one t-shirt required 2,700 litres of water. This is enough drinking water for one person for 2.5 years.
Dyeing and finishing textile products cause 20% of global clean water pollution. 35% of synthetic microfibers get released into the environment by laundering.
According to European Environment Agency, textile purchases generate 654 kgs. of Co2 emission per person. Fewer than 1% of clothes get recycled due to inadequate technology and lack of access.
Bamboo socks are eco-friendly and a better choice for our environment because the bamboo plant is:
Biodegradable: using clothing made of sustainable fabric is one way to reduce your carbon footprint. Bamboo is 100% biodegradable. When compared to polyester, bamboo takes less than 10 years to degrade, depending on the environment it is in.
In short, your bamboo socks do not leave any carbon footprints behind.
Sustainable: bamboo tree cultivation requires less water than cotton. It also does not need replantation because it regenerates from its roots.
Bamboo cultivation reduces the pressure on the water resources and the soil. Switching to bamboo within the textile industry has also reduced stress on the cultivation of cotton.
To know more about sustainable clothing, read here.
Chemical-free: bamboo cultivation does not need pesticides or fertilizers. It can grow faster without chemicals being induced into the cultivation. This means that the soil and water are not tainted by chemicals.
Similarly, bamboo fiber does not require using of any chemicals to make it soft or durable. It is naturally occurring like that. This means the socks made from the bamboo fiber are also chemical-free. This is best for people who are prone to allergies or have sensitive skin.
Eco-friendly: it is a versatile crop because it releases 35% more oxygen into the environment than other trees of the same size.
It also protects biodiversity and endangered species by being their home and food.
Strong and durable: bamboo has strength and robustness in it. It is used to construct houses, furniture, etc. This strength of bamboo when used in producing socks helps in making them durable. Bamboo socks last longer, are less prone to wear and tear and protect your feet from UV light.
Hygienic: bamboo has an antimicrobial bioagent called bamboo Kun. It gives bamboo natural antibacterial properties. This agent prevents microbes from harming the tree.
This same property helps in making bamboo socks a natural agent for preventing fungal and bacterial infections on the feet and nails.
Soil stability: bamboo plants have strong roots which makes the soil, in which it is planted, more stable and less likely to be eroded in rains. It means it restores the land and prevents landslides.
Some of the major benefits of these wonderful eco-friendly socks are:
Softness: bamboo has a silk-like feel to it. It is softer than cotton to the touch. This helps in making sure that bamboo socks don’t cause skin abrasions to people wearing them.
Absorb moisture: bamboo socks have super absorbent that dries the moisture or sweat away from your feet.
Regulate temperature: bamboo socks help regulate the temperature of the feet. This property of bamboo helps you keep your feet warm in winter and cool in summer.
Odor prevention: the bamboo fabric keeps your feet dry, fresh, and sweat-free. It reduces microbial growth making your feet odorless.
No infections: bamboo is a natural anti-bacterial which helps reduce the chances of bacterial infections on feet and the nails.
Blister-free: bamboo socks are known to protect the feet better, as they absorb moisture much more than cotton. This helps in making sure that there are no chances of blister formation.
Pest-resilient: bamboo Kun helps in keeping pests away from its surroundings. Your bamboo socks will help in keeping you safe from pest- attacks during travel or hiking.
Read more about using bamboo socks for trips.
Know more about the benefits of bamboo fiber socks here.
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Bamboo products are growing in popularity due to their eco-friendly properties.
Other daily use products are now being produced in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.
Our small contribution is a big step towards nurturing a healthy environment. Our actions and mindfulness about our environment will go a long way in protecting the planet.