In the age of synthetic fabrics, it has been argued that returning to plant based fabrics would be a huge gain in terms of protection of the environment and improvement in human health. Use of plant based fabrics is based on the premise that the resources are renewable. Even though plant based fabrics are advantageous for us yet we have fewer options to accelerate the production of plant based fabrics. The reason is beyond cotton, there are no plants that can be cultivated in a mass scale to harness organic fibers that can be used to make green clothes.
The main source of organic fibers that can be obtained from plants like flax, bamboo, wood pulp and hemp; other than cotton is not very much encouraging. However, to certain extent like cotton the cultivation of flax plant along with hemp can be increased to produce plant based fibers.
In comparison to the synthetic fabrics made from polyester, spandex and rayon the market share of organic based fabrics stands at about two percent, as per rough estimates. There is a growing demand for plant based fabrics but the production of such clothes has largely remained stagnant due to shortage of organic raw materials.
By combining and increasing the acreage farming of plants like cotton, flax and hemp in a big way it will be possible to produce more organic and sustainable fabrics. Along with this, plant resources necessary for producing natural dyes should be given due importance to make non-toxic and chemical free clothing.