Bamboo– Bamboo trees are the fastest growing plant on the planet without the use of any fertilizers or pesticides. So the trees will grow right back after being cut to be used to produce the fibers. Bamboo fibers are silky and often used together with cotton to make fabrics that are soft, and absorbent. Bamboo is naturally antibacterial and used often to make baby products including diaper cloths.
Organic Cotton– You might be surprised to learn that regular cotton farms use a ton of pesticides and chemicals and working on the cotton fields are considered to be extremely unhealthy to the workers and the environment. The white color in regular cotton comes from being bleached as the natural color of cotton is yellowish. Organic cotton is produced without these harmful chemicals and paying the premium is definitely worth it for our babies’ well being and even for adults.
Lyocell-This is the generic name for the Tencel brand. It’s made from wood pulp, so it’s both biodegradable and recyclable. Producing this fabric involves less emissions, energy, and water usage than other conventional fabrics. Lyocell doesn’t get bleached and naturally wrinkle free. Not all lyocell fabric is made from sustainable wood, though, so check labels carefully. And, as usual, try to find a product that’s been dyed with a non toxic dye.
Soy Fabrics– Soy fabric is made from the byproducts of soy oil processing and is silky and soft. Just make sure your soy fabric is certified organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly. Also check you aren’t getting a less-eco “soy blend” that includes polyester and inorganic cotton in the mix.
Hemp– Hemp is also an ultimate eco-friendly fabric because it requires no chemicals to grow. It is very versatile and can be make into heavy fabrics for furniture upholstery, ropes, and into soft night gown fabrics.
Cashmere: This luxurious fiber comes from combing out the under-hairs of Kashmir goats, a breed native to the Himalayas but now raised worldwide. However, cheap cashmere has become popular but to keep its price down, has probably been treated with chemicals and dyed with carcinogenic dyes. It may also be blended with other fibres, such as polyester. A truly green cashmere piece will likely be an investment but you’ll also keep it for a lifetime – making it one of the most eco-friendly wardrobe items you own.