What am I actually wearing?

What am I actually wearing

Have you ever asked yourself?
You are so seduced by the design that you had not even thought about it; But don’t worry, we all go through there, we have so many material possessions and information saturating us that we don’t think about why things happen. The time has come to open your eyes and see from another perspective the materials from which your favorite clothes are made, for example; We generally start shopping at the mall, because it looks nice, you see it trending on every corner or in the most “expensive” brand, since we associate price with quality, but that’s not really how it works.

Most of the clothes you wear are made of PLASTIC literally, yes someone had to tell you! I’ll explain it to you; you think you pay a high price for the quality of the product when you are only buying future garbage (of course, not always); Everything has two sides: the positive is that polyester can be very resistant and durable, however, there is no way to give a final or circular disposition to garments made of that material, when the waste becomes only garbage, since it arrives directly. to landfills causing great environmental impacts and it may seem strong to you but it is the reality of what happens, they already sell us too many ideas, so false and so decorated about what we wear, that we all end up believing it and my purpose is not make you uncomfortable, or hate the brands; I simply want to offer you clarity and speak to you honestly about what we are so deceived about, if you came here, it is because the right time has arrived.

Now there is a great variety of fibers from which fabrics are created; natural, synthetic, artificial, or combinations of them, I define you:

NATURAL FIBERS: They are made from plant elements such as cotton, fique (maguey), flax (linseed), raffia (palm tree), jute (plant bark), wicker (willow bush), hemp; and of animal origin, including wool, cashmere, silk, alpaca, angora, camel; All of these, as their name indicates, come from nature, whether from plants or animals.

SYNTHETIC FIBERS: They are made by humans from petroleum derivatives, after polluting chemical processes, fusing to form a plastic fabric; Both the synthesis of the raw material and the production of the thread are entirely chemical, used for their eternal durability, manufacturing and very low costs. Among them we find Nylon, polyester, acrylics, elastane.

ARTIFICIAL FIBERS: They are industrial derivatives of natural raw materials dissolved in toxic chemical compounds, processed with more chemicals to produce a yarn and subsequently a fabric, that is, they chemically change their molecular structure to obtain fabrics such as rayon, viscose and modal. Some artificial fabrics have been restricted in certain countries due to the high environmental risks in their production.

I do not want to condemn plastic or the rest of the fibers, because they have really contributed to advances in other industries such as construction, motorsports, nautical, railway, recreational, wind turbines, technology, among others; but as you read, it has thousands of uses but the least suitable is the one we give it to be in contact with our skin; and you may think but I haven’t had any problems with my polyester clothing; However, it is not that they are very beneficial, sometimes they cause allergies, they do not allow free perspiration, constantly releasing micro plastics that our body absorbs without realizing it, in washing they are also released affecting water sources, in addition to not being biodegradable and producing large environmental impacts.

This is just a broader idea about the possible components of your garments and the consequences of using those of synthetic or artificial origin; My purpose is to put you in context so that you make a better decision when buying and look beyond the style or print, remember that the material matters a lot, and also analyze the process from start to finish so that today you can show off your favorite clothes.
Finally, you can be conscious when choosing the materials with which you want to dress, demand responses from the brands, pay close attention to the labels, the labels (the composition of the fabric), packaging or identify who is ecological, in communication, its values and its social networks; As a tip, try to look for small businesses that use natural fibers and environmentally friendly processes in the manufacturing of their garments.

AS A GENERAL INFORMATION

No eco-friendly business will produce massively, generally the products will be few, they will work locally and you will see their processes very transparent; I can tell you that in various surveys and studies it has been concluded that the majority do not know green brands, nor do we look for them and that although we say we care, we do not buy ecologically, nor do we do anything to improve this. The idea is not to blame ourselves or feel bad, but at least start taking action, just by searching Google for Colombian ecological brands you will find excellent options that are betting on valuing our home planet and with the money you buy a plastic garment that lasts 500 years, you can buy a natural one that will degrade in a few months.

I hope to leave you reflecting even a little,

Thank you for coming this far and reading me, leave me your comments below, I’ll wait for you on social networks:

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Regards, Vero

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