Why Eco fabrics?
The fabric used by Mean Green Bean constitutes of 68% Bamboo viscose, 28% organic cotton and 4% spandex.
Bamboo fiber is a revolutionary new fabric that has unparalleled advantages, including strength, versatility and luxurious softness.
Naturally soft - Bamboo apparel is softer than the softest cotton, and it has a natural sheen like silk or cashmere. Bamboo drapes like silk or satin yet is less expensive and more durable. Bamboo/Organic cotton blends are also extremely soft but heavier in weight.
Hypo allergen - Bamboo’s organic and naturally smooth fiber properties are non-irritating to the skin, making it ideal for people with skin sensitivities or other allergies and dermatitis. Some people can still experience chemical sensitivities, however, depending on the manufacturing process used to produce the fiber
Thermal regulating - ensuring that you are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Bamboo clothing's excellent wicking properties also make it ideal for warm summer days.
Absorbs moisture - A cross-section of bamboo fiber reveals various micro-holes, allowing bamboo cloth to have superior absorption. This allows bamboo cloth to absorb and evaporate human sweat rapidly. Bamboo fiber is four times more absorbent than cotton.
Breathable - The porous qualities of bamboo fiber account for its breathability; clothing made of bamboo resists clinging during hot weather or exercise.
Anti-bacterial - Bamboo fabric contains a naturally occurring anti-microbial agent, which prevents bacteria from cultivating on it, which means it helps keep you odor free.
UV protection -Bamboo naturally provides added protection against the sun's harmful UV rays.
Organic cotton is farmed naturally, avoiding harmful pesticides and other chemicals. This process is safer and cleaner for the environment. Being organic means organic agriculture is not exposing our people, soil, air and water to these harsh chemicals
At Mean Green Bean we use blended Bamboo viscose with organic cotton fabric. We carefully choose organic cotton that is made from certified organic cotton yarn (certified by Control Union). Certification assures you that the organic cotton is genuine and is grown, manufactured and approved by the Control Union’s organic standards.
There are a number of reasons that more and more people are switching to organic clothing. People are concerned about the:
Environment – not wanting to contribute to the harmful effects of pesticides and other chemicals used in the end to end process of conventional cotton clothing
Fair employment conditions – wanting to ensure that workers are paid fairly and have good working conditions
Transportation impacts – wanting to minimize their eco footprint by buying locally
Health of our families – concerned about the chemical treatments for conventional cotton that can be absorbed by the skin, especially babies
Health of the conventional cotton farmers – farmers are exposed to the harmful chemicals used in the farming of conventional cotton.
Others like the soft feel and the quality of organic cotton.
Moreover conventionally grown cotton accounts for more than 25% of worldwide insecticide use and 10% of the pesticides. Pesticides used on cotton are among the most hazardous. Some of these are known to be cancer causing.
Children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults. Millions of children in the receive up to 35% of their estimated lifetime dose of some carcinogenic pesticides by age five through food, contaminated drinking water, household use, and pesticide drift.
It takes one pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to conventionally grow the three pounds of cotton needed to make a T-shirt and a pair of jeans.
Farm workers working in conventionally grown cotton fields around the world suffer from an abundance of toxic exposures and related health problems. Pesticides used on cotton cause acute poisonings and chronic illness to farm workers worldwide. Acute respiratory symptoms and other health effects in communities surrounding cotton farms are correlated with high use of defoliation chemicals.