Choose the Natural Choice: Cotton

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We all know the importance of staying fit, eating healthy, buying smart. We make sure to read the ingredients list of the food we buy, to make sure there aren’t any additives, chemicals, or potentially harmful substances. When we buy face wash or makeup, we check the label to make sure the stuff we’re putting on our skin is natural, healthy, and worth our money. But do we give enough thought to something else we’re putting on our bodies?

Chances are you forget to check the fiber content label when you’re out shopping for clothes. Maybe you only notice the softness of the fabric, how it drapes, and of course, how well it fits. But next time you’re on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans or a fabulous new dress, check the label for cotton. When you find it, you’re that much closer to living a more natural life.

Cotton Is Natural, Unlike Polyester, Rayon, and Other Artificial Fibers

That cotton comes from a plant will come as a shock to no one, but it’s this very simple fact that makes cotton so special. Cotton is grown on farms, not created in a lab through heavy chemical processing. Cotton has many natural benefits compared to synthetic and manmade fabrics, benefits like breathability, softness, ease of care, versatility, and strength. There’s almost nothing that cotton can’t do.

We may be biased, but we can’t seem to stop ourselves from touting the benefits of cotton. Unlike artificial fibers, cotton breathes, meaning your favorite summertime fabric is keeping you cool. Cotton’s breathability also makes it the perfect choice for your intimates, preventing bacteria growth and the resulting infections. It also makes for a better night’s sleep, since cotton sheets prevent overheating.

Most cotton clothing doesn’t need to be dry-cleaned, and stains lift out easier, saving you money. We think that the clothes we buy should last wash after wash, and in our fast-fashion world, we’re all looking for quality. Cotton’s durability delivers on this desire. Rayon shrinks more than 100% cotton, while polyester holds onto body odor even after it’s out of the wash. Cotton is also hypoallergenic, while synthetics are much more likely to irritate your skin.

Cotton & Sustainability

Unlike synthetic fibers, cotton is natural and grown from the earth. Polyester is derived from oil, the same oil that is used to make fuel for cars. We don’t much like the idea of wearing oil-based clothes. Also, washing polyester releases plastic microfibers into our waterways.

On the other hand, rayon and viscose (a kind of rayon), are chemically processed from wood pulp. Even though the beginning product is natural, rayon undergoes so much chemical modification that it no longer bears any resemblance to its source substance, trees. Manufacturing rayon also contributes to worldwide deforestation.

It’s a no-brainer, really. Now that you know all the amazing things cotton can do, check your fiber content labels when you shop for all your essentials, from your clothes to your sheets and towels and your underwear. Didn’t you hear it’s The Fabric of Our Lives?

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