Eco-Friendly Textile Manufacturing

Eco-Friendly Textile Manufacturing

It’s a little known fact that growing cotton uses 22.5% of all the insecticides used on the entire planet. That means that growing enough cotton for one t-shirt requires 257 gallons of water. That’s just the beginning, because the following process of bleaching and then dyeing the resulting fabric creates toxins that flow into our water sources. Many companies use rayon which is a huge contributor to the rapid depletion of the world’s forests. Petroleum-based products are detrimental to the environment on many levels. There are many factors that are worth taking a look at when it comes to finding eco-friendly textiles.

Organic cotton is a lot more eco-friendly than the traditional cotton varieties. Organic cotton t-shirts are made without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or insecticides during the growing cycle. This is becoming a more popular method than ever, with consumers demanding that t-shirts and other clothing be made in a more green process.

Usually manufacturers using this plant to make textiles follow up the process by using natural dyes to further reduce the amount of chemicals dumped into our ecosystem.

There are now hundreds of place to buy hemp t-shirts, organic cotton t-shirts, gay t-shirts, and even bamboo tees. These choices will make you a more conscious consumer, and will help make the planet a healthier place to live.

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  1. Henry Boyter

    November 23, 2010 at 9:00 am

    You can learn more about cotton at


    A couple of points. Bamboo fibers in shirts are made by a chemical process and is not eco-friendly. It is really bamboo rayon. Hemp shirts have to be grown too, just like cotton, and water is required and hemp may need irrigation. Although hemp is probably less than cotton (there are no good numbers), much of the water for cotton comes from rainfall, not irrigation. Organic cotton requires more water (lower yield) in most cases and the correct phrase is no SYNTHETIC pesticides, etc. The amount of pesticide used to grow cotton for a t-shirt is .038 oz per shirt. Try to measure that out sometime. The large total number comes from people consuming so many cotton products per year.

    There are many things people can do to be more eco-friendly, but all of the data has to be examined and downright false information (bamboo for example) has to be eliminated.

  2. owais

    November 28, 2010 at 2:53 am

    yeah…it is quite good to use organic cotton as a substitute of conventional cotton ,.not only this ,the govt.should also promote its use and provide related subsidies so as to make the processes for cotton manufacturing more green..

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