Searching for one yields catch words like ethical, sustainable, eco, responsible, non-toxic, vegan, fair trade, organic. Yet the details under the slogans include nylon, “cozy polyester faux fur” and much recycled PET plastic. For every headline about the global rag trade trying to green up, another chronicles its minuscule advances. Allergies to chemicals used throughout…… Continue reading why aren’t there all-natural winter coats?
I have always loved natural materials and old technologies like natural dyeing, hand tailoring and organic fabric production. Going zero-synthetic, however, was due to a sudden onset of severe chemical allergies. I have to make a batch of gloves every few months, along with many other things.
20% of global water pollution is the result of dyeing textiles. https://www.soilassociation.org/thirsty-for-fashion/ Fashion production causes 10% of global carbon emissions. https://www.innovationintextiles.com/circular-fashion-closing-clothings-waste-loop/ It takes 7600 litres of water to make one pair of jeans. https://fashionunited.uk/case/future-of-fashion-production-sustainable-high-tech-and-on-demand It takes 2700 litres of water to make one T-shirt. https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/the-impact-of-a-cotton-t-shirt Organic cotton consumes 91% less water than “conventional” cotton. http://aboutorganiccotton.org/faq/…… Continue reading 20% of global water pollution
Seven wash and dye factories in Dhaka, Bangladesh have been ordered to stop dumping into the Buriganga River, or close. Their electricity was cut off, then restored for a three-month grace period. Last year, a giant factory explosion in China killed hundreds and was barely reported. It was first said their product was fertilizer. In…… Continue reading dye factories ordered to close
“Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a do-it-together movement. All our design and artwork can be used non-commercially for the purpose of planet saving. This does not mean creating merchandise for fundraising or sending XR a percentage of your sales. We do not endorse or create any merchandise and we will pursue and prosecute anyone who does.…… Continue reading XR
Organic designation carries a lot of significance. It promises virtues that are tangible and desirable but generally invisible. Labelling claims range from legitimate to unregulated, creating a consumer landscape filled with a mix of reality, good intentions and greenwashing. Certifications like GOTS and Oeko-Tex apply to textiles. They are helpful…… Continue reading the virtues of organic cotton
Today, a CBC News story says the UN International Maritime Organization is reporting microplastics being present in supermarket seafood. Not exactly a surprise. Plastic pollution in oceans and lakes is fast becoming a lot more than sad pictures of animals with plastic rings around their necks. The polluting effects of textile and clothing production is…… Continue reading synthetic clothes are filling the oceans with plastic