Monday, February 28, 2011

Green Is GOOD!

The hot trend in the market is organic clothing. With chemicals taking a toll on human health and environment, there is a growing concern for global warming which boosts the demand for organic products.

Organic Clothing:

Organic clothing reduces one's exposure to allergens, and other irritants. They also improve soil fertility, cotton yield, and saves water. Organic clothing is made from hundred percent organic materials like soy, organic cotton and hemp. Variety of clothes like skirts, blouses, shirts, pants, socks, bathrobes, pillow cases etc are made from organic fibres.

The industry is further enhanced by fashion designers who design their collections with organic fabrics. The clothing is put under global spotlight through fashion shows, and runway models who pose with trendy outfits made from organic fabrics. Designers are working towards making these clothes more appealing, fashionable and economical to suit the preferences as well as the shopping budget of the consumers.

Herbal dyeing:

Herbal dyeing is still one step ahead of organic life style. It supports the core concept of organic cotton to eliminate the impact of harmful chemicals and pesticides. Apart from growing cotton, dyeing is a major area of concern for people who have chemical sensitivities. Garment finishing techniques like wrinkle free, and non-shrink may be harmful for people with sensitive skin. They may cause nausea, breathing difficulties, seizures etc. Herbal dyeing avoids this entire hazard. It avoids the many ailments that are common with conventional clothing.

How does the herbal clothing differ from other fabrics?
 
  • The below are some of the tangible and intangible properties of herbal clothing which differentiate it from conventional clothing:
  • Organic/Herbal is soft in feel
  • Organic cotton/Herbal fabrics will have more strength then conventional in comparison
  • It would have typical smell of herbs used for processing the same
  • Lime discharges on herbal textiles since the strongest source of Acid in nature
  • Colors are more earthly, not compatible to pantones
  • Got biodegradability and bio compost tendency
  • The colors may changes with the other physical/chemical and external environmental changes
  • They are extremely therapeutic to eyes and mind
  • Herbal dyed colors are created from plants and minerals. All of the herbs have therapeutic uses as botanicals (herbs), or as homeopathic (diluted), or as nutritional supplements (minerals)
  • Colors are extremely therapeutic to eye, mind and body
  • It is extra smooth and good for transpiration
  • The colors are unique and cannot be duplicated with any dyes, thus new shades.
How does herbal clothing qualify to be ecological and environmental friendly?

The process used to finish Auras textiles is completely chemical free, which we believe an important benefit to our product which has a significant positive impact on environment as well.

  • Got biodegradability and bio compost tendency
  • Have lesser carbon footprints on environment
  • The entire herbal dyeing and processing completes the ecological cycle
  • It saves river, underground water, soil from polluting and play a part to save the earth because the residual of herbal dyeing process solid or liquid is manure whereas the chemical dyeing residuals are lethal chemicals which are many time untreatably thrown into water in fact
  • Our knowledge of the harmful chemicals disposed in the reverse bores & rivers streams, ruining the water used by hundreds of innocent families made us determined to produce textiles which can have a positive impact to our environment & society.
  • High levels of agrochemicals are used in the production of non-organic, conventional cotton. Cotton production uses more chemicals per unit area than any other crop and accounts to a total of around 25% of the worlds pesticides. The chemicals used in the processing of cotton also pollute the air and surface waters. Whereas Organic agriculture uses crop rotation instead of agrochemicals along with artificial fertilizers and biological pest control instead of pesticides and thus organic cotton has less environmental impact than conventional cotton, it costs more to produce.
  • Eco-friendly processing that does not compromise workers' health and helps reduce water and electric use and toxic runoff.
  • Strict testing ensures the absence of contaminants like nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides and heavy metals.

Manufacturers today are taking into account, the fact that organic garments are ethical, and are striving to set new market trends. Apparel business is very enormous, and there is always a resistance to change. But, in any market, demand is the pivot, and manufacturers will only do what the consumers want. With consumers dictating the market today; having an organic wardrobe depends wholly on the consumers choice.

References:

  1. http://www.auraherbalwear.com
  2. http://www.organicconsumers.org
  3. http://www.naturalorganicclothes.com/

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Aloe Vera Apparels for Fit, and Youthful Life

Aloe Vera is basically a native plant of Africa. It is also known as lily of the desert and plant of immortality due to its medicinal effects. This plant has 96 percent of water content. The leaf of this plant contains over 75 nutrients and 200 active compounds such as 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins. Since historic times its versatile uses were recognized. Starting from Cleopatras skin care efforts, to Alexanders medical treatment to heal his wounded soldiers, it was used in a variety of applications. The content of the plant helps in rejunuvating the skin cells, helps in the formation of healthy dermis and fights against skin damage. Innovations in the textile field have embedded the virtues of aloe vera in garments, which prevents ageing of the skin; rejunuvates skin cells, and keeps skin free from microbial infections. Garments are made of a microfibre with an open mesh construction that improves the transport of moisture to the skin.

Aloe vera in textile fabrics:

Micro encapsulation technology helps to add aloe vera in the fabrics creating endless possibilities in the textile segment. Aloe Vera content is embedded into airtight and waterproof micro capsules. These micro capsules are miniature containers, manufactured with a protective polymeric coating or melamine shell. These shells are able to protect its contents from evaporation, and contamination until it is released. The capsules are bonded with the fibres during the process when fabric is manufactured. The capsules open when the fabric is touched or rubbed. When the garment is tailored, these capsules remain as a part of the clothing. When the garment is worn, the aloe vera in the garment is applied on the skin in a regular basis. This tolerates a temperature of 130C.

This type of fabric is mainly used in manufacturing inner garments, as they are next to the skin. Apart from keeping the body warm; it also has some additional functions like absorbing bad smell, and providing anti-bacterial features. They are used in the manufacture of under garments, stockings etc. This will be more beneficial for the making of infant wears. Mothers can now protect their infants against chaffing by putting aloe vera enriched clothes.

Aloe Vera enriched garments are in the initial stages of development. Not much is known about the textile applications of this wonder, medicinal plant. Dermatology tests regarding the textile applications of these fibres were conducted by a research university in Germany. A textile research centre in Krefeld, Germany has successfully attempted to apply this substance on the surface of the material. Currently, these garments are manufactured in Barcelona, Spain.

Aloe Vera in the making of leather products:

Leather has an internal fiber matrix structure in it. Aloe Vera particles are put in a gel carrier and this is induced in the internal fiber matrix of leather gloves, and shoes. The gel carrier penetrates into the internal fiber matrix and stays there. They emerge from the inside surface of the leather and come in contact with the skin of the wearer. It remains in the fabric even after 100 machine washes and at a temperature ranging from 30-40C. Aloe Vera content helps to keep the skin feeling soft and revitalized.

Days are gone, when people purchased garments, based on its color, price tag or washability. Clothes are now sought based on the technical performance they give. The day has come, when by wearing a garment; one can avoid the usage of lotions and creams and also stay young and beautiful. Industry experienced people believe that in the near future almost every piece of clothing that we use will have one or the other substance added to it.


Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Organic Fabrics 



No one would like to eat a bowl of pesticides drenched food. Then why wear clothing doused in chemicals?

Centuries before people use to live in harmony with nature and believed in giving even better environment for their coming generations. Now, people have crossed all limits dominated by the voracity of luxuries, benefits and money. This is taking a serious toll on the environment, and on the lives of all living beings in the planet.

The 'Chemical Cocktail' of Clothing:

When considering a healthy lifestyle, fabric is the first thing that comes to mind. Synthetic fabrics' teeming with chemicals and dyes pose severe health threats. Synthetic fibers makes the skin uncomfortable due to the presence of toxins in them. From towels to bed linens, and clothes they are all-pervading in our everyday life. Apart from the potential health hazards to humans, these synthetic fibers also leach into the environment causing serious damages to soil, air, ground water, and other living beings around us.

The Environment Shield Organization of US has declared that seven out of the top fifteen pesticides are used for growing conventional cotton, and are regarded as the most environment polluting pesticides. On the contrary, organic cotton is cultivated using untreated GMO seeds, and by adopting biological based growing practices. A beneficial habitat planting method is adopted which prevents pests, thereby eliminating the usage of toxic chemicals.

Natural Dyes Vs Synthetic Dyes:

Synthetic dyes involve many carcinogenic chemicals and effluents that are discharged into the river or atmosphere causing pollution. Chemicals used on fabrics can contain allergens, carcinogens and mutagens. Dyes that are used for special effects on textiles such as flame retardant, stain resistant etc., are likely to create health problems. Natural dyes are obtained from renewable sources, and are good to skin. They are bio-degradable and eco-friendly. Natural dyes are enriched with medicinal and curative properties, and impart healing qualities to the wearer of the fabric dyed with them. They save energy as they are not made from petroleum products. Furthermore, they provide rural employment, and also preserve traditional craftsmanship.

Life with natural fibers':

Acrylic, polyester, nylon, rayon, triacetate, acetate and other fabrics labeled as stain & wrinkle resistant, and moth repellent will have ample amount of chemicals in their making. These fabrics can be avoided, and replaced with natural fabrics like wool, silk, cotton, linen, cashmere, and hemp. Organic and herbal clothing is more preferable for people who are very sensitive to chemicals. Researches on people with multiple chemical sensitivities reveal that organic clothing is essential in reducing their exposure to toxic chemicals.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Milk Fiber was firstly introduced in 1930 in Italy & America to compete the wool. It is new generation of innovative Fiber & a kind of synthetic Fiber made of milk casein Fiber through bio-engineering method with biological health which has passed international ecological certification of oeko-tex standard 100. There are also some different brands for the same fiber manufactured from milk casein known as Aralac, Lanatil and Merinova.

Milk Yarn

Cyarn milk protein fiber dewaters and skims milk, and manufactures the protein spinning fluid suitable for wet spinning process by means of new bio-engineering technique, and new high-grade textile fiber is made by combining them.

Cyarn milk protein fiber is healthy for skin, comfortable, with bright colors due to good dyeability, etc. The milk protein fiber can be spun purely or spun with cashmere, silk, spun silk, cotton, wool, ramie and other fibers to weave fabrics with the features of milk protein fiber. It can also be used to create top-grade underwear, shirts, T shirts, loungewear, etc. to satisfy people's pursuit of comfortable, healthy, superior and fashionable garments.

General Features

Light, soft, comfortable, colorful and Elegant Colorful -Keeping tender hand-touch and right color after several washings Easy Care-Being resistant to fungus, good moisture absorption & conduction, insects and aging.

Advantage

Today's Milk Fiber is environmentally friendly, high strength & much more superior as compare to man-made fibers. Some of the benefits of having Milk Fiber are as given below:

  • As it is having continues graft polymerization technique hence it is totally eco-friendly in nature.
  • It can be considered as "Green Product" as no formaldehyde is present in the product.
  • Milk fiber is made from milk casein instead of fresh milk. We may use acid, reactive or cationic dyes for this kind of specialty fiber.
  • Ph of milk fiber is 6.8 which are same as that of human skin. Hence the products made up from them are more compatible to human skin.
  • Milk Fiber contains seventeen amino acids & natural anti-bacterial rate is above eighty percent. Hence milk fiber has sanitarian function.
  • It is a new synthetic Fiber having milk protein as main material based on high technical process. Milk Fiber has the advantages natural Fiber combined with synthetic Fiber.
  • These are more comfortable, excellent water transportation & air permeability
 
Application

Because of the healthy & bacteriostatic nature of milk Fiber, it is being considered as a perfect material for manufacturing of underwear. As discussed above, milk casein proteins are considered as a main ingredient of milk protein Fiber, which can lubricate the skin. The milk protein contains the natural humectant factor which can help to maintain the skin moisture, to reduce the wrinkles & to smoothen the skin - which may help to realize the people of taking milk bath. The major usages of milk Fiber are as given below:

  • T-Shirts
  • Underwear
  • Sportswear
  • Ladies outerwear
  • Sweaters

References:

Monday, January 3, 2011

Pineapple Fiber-New Innovation to
Reduce Organic Waste

Pineapple Fiber
Pineapple Fiber
Pineapple fiber is made from the waste of pineapple fruit that is rich in lignin and cellulose. It is one of the best ways to use organic waste in a productive way. Organic matter is much above to be called as waste because so much can be done even from the leftover portion. Pineapple fibers are mostly combined with polyester or silk to make the silky textile fabric. The pineapple fiber is also called pina. Pina is a Spanish word that means pineapple.

If we see then only 52% of pineapple is used for making jam and the remaining 48% is considered as organic waste. This leftover portion is rich in lignin and cellulose and these content make decomposition quiet hard. This results in pollution and affect environment badly. So there is an option of making pineapple fabric from this.

Most of the pineapple fibers are made from the leaves of pineapple and most commonly used in Philippines. The process of making pineapple fabric involves retting, decortication, combing etc. It generally takes 5-7 days to complete the process of pineapple fiber production. Fibers are quiet sticky so it is difficult to separate these during decortication so lots of chemicals are required. But there is a need to develop more eco friendly technology for pineapple fiber production.

Pineapple Fiber Properties

  • Pineapple fiber is very soft.
  • It has the luster and mostly white or ivory in color.
  • Light in weight.
  • Easy to maintain and care for.
  • Blends with other fabrics very well.
  • Softer than hemp.
  • No need of dry cleaning.
  • Elegant appearance.

History of Pineapple Fiber

Pineapple fiber or Pina cloth is more valuable than gold or silver in Philippines. Manila city in Asia use the Pina fabric in wedding ceremonies. Pina or pineapple fabric is weaved by few weaver making it precious and expensive. It is extensively used to make Barong Tagalong wedding dresses and traditional formal clothes in Philippines. Also table linens, mats and other such things are now made from pineapple fiber. To decorate this fabric in a traditional way Calado embroidery is done. The embroidered pina is then called pina calado.

How to Care for Pineapple Fabric?

  • To wash pineapple fabric take small amount of detergent in warm water.
  • Soak teh fabric in this detergent water. If yellowing of fabric has occurred the soak the pineapple fabric overnight in the water containing small amount of vinegar.
  • Scrub it gently.
  • Rinse it in clean water but do not twist the fabric.
  • Hang it to dry. You can also lay it flat for drying. It will not affect the shape.
  • Iron it on low to medium setting

Re-Introduction of Pineapple Fabric

Most of the pineapple fibers are used to make traditional dresses. But recently the pina fabric has be re-introduced by the top fashion houses who are always in search for something new and innovative. Now consumer have to come forward to support this natural fabric.