An organic approach to clothes

When Susan Bonneau was diagnosed with Lupus in 2005, an auto-immune disease that can leave a person weak and sensitive to most things their skin touches, she had no idea to what degree her body would reject things from the outside world.

Everything right down to the undergarments she wore irritated her skin and body, leaving her to wonder, if she could not comfortably wear clothing, what would she do?

She began researching the clothing she was accustomed to wearing and what she found shocked her, she said.

Everything we put on our bodies is absorbed, the Averill Park resident said, explaining that many garments are designed and created in the midst of many chemicals and toxins. "I think that's why auto-immune diseases are on the rise."

Bonneau said those suffering from lupus become almost allergic to the sun, and the outer protection they wear becomes a key factor in their safety and health.

After realizing all of the toxins she was putting on her body with the clothing she was wearing, Bonneau began looking for a cleaner, greener option. She began researching organic clothing and the benefits to wearing organic clothes.

For instance, clothes made from bamboo are especially helpful for those who suffer from diabetes, she said, because the bamboo fabric helps keep the body cool. T-shirts made from organic cotton provide most of the same feel and texture of a typical T-shirt, but without any chemicals or toxins used in the process of their production.

Bonneau learned all about organic clothing, but said she was disheartened to learn that unlike most clothing, she could not go into a store and try the organic items on. They were only available over the Internet, and often she would order a product, try it on at home, and be displeased with it.

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