Why Your Business Should Produce Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Clothing

It’s Green Week here at Maker’s Row! We’re celebrating brands and factories that are making an effort to make their business practices better for the environment. However, outside of the clear environmental benefits to being an eco-friendly business with sustainable products. These benefits range from effects on your product itself to the factory that they are produced in.

Here are four reasons that your brand should produce eco-friendly products!

Your products will last longer

Today, consumers are becoming more interested in buying quality products than in pricing. While synthetic fibers are cheaper to produce, they cause pollution and require more energy. By using non-synthetic fibers to make organic fabric, your products will last longer through wash and wear. Not only is this great for the lifespan of your products, it will make your consumers aware of its quality.

It’s better for factory workers

By producing with a factory certified by the Fair Trade Act, your products will be allowed to use Fair Trade Certified™ label on their products. This means that your product was produced by a factory with safe working conditions and with fair wages for employees. Not only is this a morally right thing to do, it shows your consumers that you care about more than just about your bottom line.

More consumers want eco-friendly products

A 2005 Nielsen study showed that 72% of millennial consumers made buying eco-friendly products a top priority. In an industry where trends are everything, it is essential that you keep up on those trends.

Of course, it’s good for the environment

No matter what, your business should be doing its part in protecting our planet. The fashion industry is a huge contributor to global pollution due to the use of chemicals and pesticides used for cotton, as well as harsh chemicals in dyes. So, by producing organic and eco-friendly clothing, you are minimizing your brand’s footprint on the world. And that should be reason enough to go eco-friendly!

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  • Phoebe Scarborough

    I’m confused by the topic of this discussion, because of two things. One, it’s my understanding that cotton production is hard on the environment. Are you referring to bamboo fabrics in this article? Two, some of my longest owned articles of clothing are polyester. They are still in great shape. While not breathable or ideal for certain styles, I have a hard time excluding it completely in clothing production. Perhaps it’s more the quality of synthetic used?

    • http://pilotpress.tumblr.com thepilotmedia

      Yes, cotton is a strain on natural resources but cotton is a plant and research can be done as far as breeding new varieties that require less water, organic, etc. Also, new technologies are emerging as far as post consumer cottons. Some fabrics like fleece and nylon are being made from post consumer plastic, things like plastic bottles. Polyester is synthetic and therefore made with some form of fiber that is man-made, artificial. As for it’s staying power, the problem is it breaks down very little over time and takes up space in landfills or the ocean which makes it a problem.