The textile industry today is dominated by synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon and acrylic, because it is cheaper and easier to produce. Most of the clothes in your closet are most likely made from synthetic materials. The problem with these plastic-based fabrics is the negative effect they have on humans and the environment. Let's take a closer look at some of these issues:
1. Synthetics make it hard for your skin to breathe and doesn't allow for efficient transfer of sweat. By trapping sweat, it's an ideal environment for bacteria and bad odor. This is what causes irritations such as rashes, itching, redness, eczema, and dermatitis. Not to mention the chemicals being absorbed by your skin while wearing these garments.
2. Whenever we wash synthetic fabrics, they shed hundreds of thousands of microplastics that make their way into oceans and water systems (35% of microplastics in the ocean come from synthetic textiles). Unfortunately, recycled polyester (which is stated to be sustainable) contributes to this issue as well.
3. Microplastics entering the human body are linked to negative health outcomes including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, chronic inflammation, auto-immune conditions, neurodegenerative diseases, and stroke.
4. The process of changing petroleum into the polyester is a long and toxic process, meaning that factory workers (some of who are children) face serious health hazards as well.
The Kaia Ribbed Collection is made from GOTS certified organic cotton
By now, you can probably understand why we choose natural fabrics for our clothes. Our collection is made from natural GOTS certified organic cotton. Let's look at why natural fabrics are superior to synthetics:
1. Organic cotton is one of the best fabrics you can wear to treat your skin to the ultimate comfort. It’s breathable, absorbs liquid from the skin, and is hypoallergenic. There are no harsh chemicals for your skin to absorb, so say hello to happy skin.
2. Natural fibers have a natural ventilation function as they absorb perspiration and releases it into the air (instead of trapping sweat). The fabrics are naturally anti-bacterial, fungal-resistant, and odor-free.
3. By wearing natural fabrics you avoid shedding microplastics while wearing or washing the garment. Natural fabrics also require fewer washes since they do not trap odors.
4. Natural fiber clothing is a great investment, because clothes will last much longer and will save you money in the long term.