Source: Textile Review

In a world where irresponsible use of chemical products is causing irreparable damage to the environment, use of eco friendly fibres is an initiative with a vision to bring about a drastic reduction in global consumption of harmful non -bio degradable products. Due to the threat of global warming we should use eco ways to live life. Indian Culture is inherently based on protection of the source that sustains our life and in turn becomes larger than life.

It is simple practices of everyday life that makes India an effectively ecofriendly nation. Environmentally friendly (also eco-friendly, nature friendly, and green) are synonyms used to refer to goods and services, laws, guidelines and policies considered to ...inflict minimal or no harm on the environment. For good environment health people should engage in ecofriendly activities and should begin to look into more eco friendly ways of living and doing business. There are many ways to be eco friendly. The present study is conducted with the aim to enlighten people about the advent of eco friendly fibres for textile applications.

The history of clothing began with the history of humans, it is not certain when people first started wearing clothes however, anthropologists estimates that range between 1,00,000 to 5,00,000 years ago. The first clothes were made from natural elements: animal skin and furs, grasses and leaves, and bones and shells. Clothing was often draped or tied; however, simple needles made out of animal bone provide evidence of sewn leather and fur garments from at least 30,000 years ago. But now the clothing has grown into a serious problem involving many chemical processes when societies have begun building their commerce. Its time again to use the fibers which are eco-friendly and whose manufacture do not cause any harm to the environment.

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The authors are associated with Textile & Engineering Institute Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra.

Originally published in Textile Review, September-2010

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