While the latest literatures about recent fashion and style trends emphasize on a range of fancy tops – from one-shoulder blouses to haltered tanks (and perhaps even include sales pitches for improvements in franchises), I beg to differ! The vast arena of what most define as ‘trendy’ clothing has turned over a fresh new leaf, with the niche of t-shirts being no exception.
If you generally associate hot fashion updates to all what is adorned by celebrities on the red carpet, then what I’m about to reveal as of now shall take you utterly by surprise! Of course, eco-friendly tees and their techniques for organic printing have taken the world by storm! Ado much speculation about global warming, most developers and manufacturers nowadays of domestic consumer products have implemented greener strategies to their assembly lines for initiating commodities safer for human beings and the environment.
Likewise, the t-shirt industry has also undergone a major, long-haul makeover in itself due to the enforcement of the following green habits; read on to know more! Utilization of organic primary goods: Raw materials such as organic cotton, bamboo and tinsel (a not-so-common material derived from eucalyptus trees now being brought into the limelight after the awareness and introduction of environmental conservation) provide a wider scope for the pattern-making and seaming of earth-friendly t-shirts, as this aids in the process of encouragement i.e. to refrain from using nasty chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides and bleaches in the production of these very raw materials.
Utilization of water-based dyes for printing purposes: Conventional fabric dyes fundamentally constitute PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride, also sometimes known as Vinyl in short) and phthalates that form an ink compound called Plastisol. This Plastisol is rendered as a highly toxic substance as both PVC (which tends to release harmful dioxins) and phthalates are potential carcinogens (cancer-inducing agents). Apart from that, dyes containing Plastisol tend to fade away and crack over the fabric with time, reducing the life of the garment.
Hence in this case, water-based dyes comprising of pigments derived from natural sources such as those from leaves, fruits and vegetables undoubtedly have an upper hand over synthetic Plastisol, such as:
(I) Virtually zero concerns of cracking, peeling and ‘shrinking’ of the painted end result as water-based dyes have the effect of altering the physical properties of the fabric and then allowing the pigment to penetrate into it, unlike Plastisol (which merely tends to coat the outer layer of the fabric), thereby guaranteeing a higher level of durability,
- ii) A higher ratio of garment and print durability means a proportionately high sustenance of brands aiming at marketing its products and/or services, (iii) All-natural raw materials release no hazardous by-products to harm in terms health-wise.
More relief for the under-privileged: Eco-friendly garments, especially t-shirts that have been exclusively printed are excessively popular among leading charity organizations to raise funds for aiding third-world nations with intentions to improve basic health, sanitation and education facilities for promoting an overall betterment to the rollercoaster we call life!