Can you believe it? Before starting Seam Siren, I had no idea that the textile industry is second only to the oil industry in creating the world’s pollution.
Pesticides used in farming, toxic dyes, and the natural resources used to harvest, process, manufacture, and ship clothing all harm our planet.
Not to mention the billions of tons of discarded clothing each year. Yep, this is happening every moment of every day all over the world.
Himalayan stinging nettle fabric, on the other hand, is perfectly sustainable. Here’s why:
1. Nettle can fend for itself without cultivation, growing tall (up to 11 feet!) and abundantly in the wild.
2. Nettle fabric production doesn’t cause pollution (or harm farmer health) and doesn’t depend on pesticides and fertilizers.
3. Nettle uses less precious resources by being harvested each year from the same natural plot.
4. Nettle absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere and places it into long-term soil storage.
What else? Harvesting nettle keeps the roots intact. These roots stabilize the soil, helping to prevent landslides in a mountainous region that is prone to them.
Clearly, natural fiber clothing from nettle is way more sustainable.