Open Access Mini Review

A Review: Sustainable Material Selection for Children’s Wear

Francesca Burks1, Jiangning Che1* and Wei Cao2

1Apparel Merchandising and Management Department, Huntley College of Agriculture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA

2Apparel Design and Merchandising program, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University Northridge, USA

Corresponding Author

Received Date: September 16, 2021;  Published Date: October 18, 2021


In this mini-review article, the health and safety concerns of textiles used for children’s wear were discussed including topics such as the adverse impacts of inappropriate clothing materials, fabric dyestuffs, and common textile wet processing. In the selection of fiber materials to use in children’s wear, usually it is best to use natural fibers to best prevent skin irritation or potential damage to children’s bodies through the dermal absorption of toxic chemicals. Rather than synthetic fibers, there are a few safer alternatives such as organic cotton, hemp, or lyocell fibers. Fabrics selected for children’s wear should be lightweight, breathable, soft, and gentle on the skin, and have some stretch to accommodate the children’s growth and playing activities. Moreover, applying natural and low-impact dyes to children’s clothing would be a sustainable practice to minimize the adverse impacts caused by conventional textile dyeing throughout the product life cycle of a garment.

Keywords:Children’s wear; Plant dyestuffs; Sustainable dyeing

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