Many dyes, colorants and production processes involve the processing of the textiles with acid baths and various toxins, some of which are harmful to human health. Also the production of textiles is often the source of serious environmental and health problems although some textiles are better than others.
Cotton is one of the most harmful raw materials because of extensive use of toxins during its growing season. One kg of cultivated cotton requires about one kg of toxins. However if you choose organically grown cotton then the use of toxins is almost forbidden and the use of toxic chemicals is kept to a minimum.
The Fair Trade labelling confirms that the product has been produced in an ethical and fair manner, without detrimental effects for the workers. Fair trade labelling also ensures that the workers get fair compensation for their work.
When choosing textiles for the bathroom, it should be kept in mind that curtains have to be washed regularly and therefore must be made from durable material.
From the above it should be clear that in every case it is most environmentally benign to choose towels, diapers and curtains from organic cotton and/or other materials which carry an environmental label from certified producers. Things made inside one’s own country may not have been transported over as long a distance making them an attractive option and more ecologically friendly than a comparable product which has transported by sea or by air.
Microfiber cloths are the best ecological option when cleaning because they make cleaning agents almost unnecessary. It is, however, necessary to wash all cloths regularly as they can be sites of rapid bacteria growth.
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