You’ve heard that you should buy eco-friendly food, products, houses… even yoga clothes. But what are the actual benefits of doing so? Why is the higher price tag of eco-friendly yoga wear worth it?
Here are five benefits you may not have considered.
- Eco-friendly clothing helps reduce drastic waste.
When you think about things that have a major impact on the environment, you probably think of cars and refineries – that sort of thing. But did you know that the average American throws away 81 pounds of clothing every year? That adds up to 26 billion pounds of clothing nationwide going into landfills. Part of what makes organic clothing eco-friendly is that it is durable, high-quality, and made to last. That means you can buy fewer pieces and keep them longer, helping reduce the immense waste of the fashion industry.
- Buying eco-friendly could help save lives.
Cotton that isn’t organic is grown using pesticides and insecticides. You’d think that science would have found a better way to keep plants bug-free, but the chemicals found in current pesticides are so dangerous that about 200,000 people die every year from toxic exposure to pesticides, according to the UN.
The organic cotton used in eco-friendly yoga wear is grown using sustainable farming practices and without any pesticides or insecticides.
Those are the biggest, most important reasons to buy eco-friendly. Here are three other (less intense) reasons why eco-friendly is the way to go.
- Organic cotton may make your skin happier.
The science isn’t conclusive, but there’s good reason to think that cotton that hasn’t been treated with chemicals is softer and gentler on sensitive skin. Anytime you wear clothing that you’re going to sweat in, it makes good skin-sense to wear fabrics that will breath and move with your body, and also hold up under the wear and tear that you put them through. Organic cotton blended with a material like spandex is a great way to stay comfortable and keep your skin calm during tough practice sessions.
- Eco-friendly clothing makes better financial sense.
As mentioned above, eco-friendly clothing is built to last. While you may pay more for eco-friendly clothing up front, you won’t need as much of it, and it will last longer. Your investment will not only help the environment, it will also help your budget.
- Eco-friendly clothing tends to be more unique and detailed.
Because you’ll keep eco-friendly clothing longer, the people who make it tend to put extra care into their designs. Eco-friendly clothing — whether for working out or going to work – is designed to fit your form, breath, and create beautiful silhouettes. And because eco-friendly clothes aren’t pumped out in big factories by the thousands, your pieces are much more likely to feel one-of-a-kind.
To learn more about how we make our organic yoga clothes, read about our process.