Seek to source local or "eco" clothing as much as possible. When textiles haven't had to travel twice around the world to get to you, they instantly carry less of an impact; they are also less likely to be swathed in chemicals that get bypassed by international safety standards. Read more here.
Fast fashion leaves a pollution footprint, with each step of the clothing life cycle generating potential environmental and occupational hazards. For example, polyester, the most widely used manufactured fiber, is made from petroleum. With the rise in production in the fashion industry, demand for man-made fibers, especially polyester, has nearly doubled in the last 15 years, according to figures from the Technical Textile Markets."
Read more here.
Laundering polyester, fleece, nylon & acetate is the primary source of micro-plastic pollution in our Great Lakes, rivers and oceans. These micro-fibers absorb synthetic chemicals & additives (flame retardants, anti-microbials, etc) and are eaten by fish (instead of food), which then bio-magnifies in the food chain and disturbs finely-tuned ecological processes.
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A Canadian advertising campaign reveals the whole truth about that sweater you would like to purchase. Learn more here.
Especially this holiday season, before you buy clothing for your loved ones (or yourself), do a quick search on "toxic clothing health concerns" to find out how most of what you buy/choose to wear is affecting health--yours, theirs, the world's--in ways you wouldn't guess or desire.
We hope you'll be glad to know why we encourage people to do more with less, enjoy the best and avoid investing in mainstream apparel full of formaldehyde (not restricted in US manufacturing), PFCs (Perflourinated Chemicals), VOCS (volatile organic compounds) and phthalates, among 8000 other chemicals used to make what you wear. Be aware that many are endocrine/hormone distrupting and do not wash out.
Here's an article from Shape Magazine about "What's Lurking In Your Yoga Pants?"
Does your place of choice for workout make money on branded apparel that's toxic to our health? While shopping recently at a very popular athletic apparel store, a customer was told that she should buy two different pairs of $98 leggings for aerobics and yoga. Wow, our customers get all kinds of use out of fabulous $26 organic cotton leggings, from workout to dinner out.
Maybe the health concerns with over 70,000 new American Airlines flight attendant uniforms will raise awareness of what is compromising health for us all. (Fly much?)
This is a time of shock and uncertainty about what will happen to the rights & resources we've all made efforts to protect over several decades, For 20 years, Clothing Matters' has been committed to providing people with opportunities to connect with Nature via clothing produced in ways that respect the integrity and interdependent nature of life.
For this reason, we're especially grateful to our allies who've supported the needs of those at Standing Rock, including friends of Clothing Matters here in our Blackport Building Community as well as those afar with whom we are aligned. We were gratified to hear that elders and medics caring for the injured were among those who received the 40 jackets we donated. One of our neighbors collected wetsuits to send for protection against water cannon assaults by police in below freezing temperatures.
We want to recognize and express appreciation for the leadership of Judy Wicks, dedicated to demonstrating the rewards and challenges of paddling upstream with confidence in the value of creating and staying a sustainable course. She traveled from Philadelphia to spend Thanksgiving at Standing Rock, serving dinner to 500 of those camped out to protect our waters and lands.
"I’m going to Standing Rock because the native people are spiritually evolved with a deep reverence for nature. In observing their leadership, I recognize the values needed to move our country forward - respect for Mother Earth and all species, cooperation, generosity, non-violence, humility and love", Wicks explains.
Check out her latest blog post to read about more about why she joined the people at Standing Rock, generously protecting our rights and resources with such strong commitment to what is in the best interest of us all. http://judywicks.com/
We're honored to know Judy Wicks as a valued customer who has thoughtfully invested in pieces from our world class collection during Clothing Matters' first decade as well as our our second.
With respect for humanity & all lives of the world dependent on clean water, we honor the efforts of those at Standing Rock, raising awareness of the need for us all to be more responsible with our choices and the interdependent nature of our world.
Clothing Matters' support goes out to them with a donation of forty jackets made from recycled plastic bottles to reduce energy use and CO2 emissions by close to 60%, & eighteen of our premium hemp hoodies, embodying a united spirit.
We're grateful for this opportunity to make what we believe is the most valuable investment of 20 years.
Below are a few reasons why we'd like to see Grand Rapids include apparel in sustainability conversations and take action to help our Great Lakes State become the most sustainably dressed region in the nation. Did you know that apparel is one of our worlds most toxic and wasteful industries and a top polluter of clean water?
After reading the sobering info below about your old clothes, find out why we're so excited about providing the best of sustainably manufactured apparel items that can take the place of 2, 3 or 4 and gratify you more...Check out a new bestseller--Clothing Matters' own design:
A 3 (or more) length skirt that serves as a healthy, comfortable shaper to smooth contours, is also a sheath top for over a camisole & under a cardigan...is also a 4 season infinity scarf and hood to keep you cozy, comfy and chic. Designed, cut and sewn by our own team, made of the best blends, available in hemp/organic cotton or bamboo/organic cotton, at $29.
You probably have too many clothes, and a pathetically small percentage of used clothing donated to nonprofits ends up serving any significant value.
From MSN Money/Newsweek 9/3/16:
"According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84 percent of unwanted clothes in the United States in 2012 went into either a landfill or an incinerator.When natural fibers, like cotton, linen and silk, or semi-synthetic fibers created from plant-based cellulose, like rayon, Tencel and modal, are buried in a landfill, in one sense they act like food waste, producing the potent greenhouse gas methane as they degrade. But unlike banana peels, you can’t compost old clothes, even if they're made of natural materials. “Natural fibers go through a lot of unnatural processes on their way to becoming clothing,” says Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition. “They’ve been bleached, dyed, printed on, scoured in chemical baths.” Those chemicals can leach from the textiles and — in improperly sealed landfills — into groundwater. Burning the items in incinerators can release those toxins into the air.
Meanwhile, synthetic fibers, like polyester, nylon and acrylic, have the same environmental drawbacks, and because they are essentially a type of plastic made from petroleum, they will take hundreds of years, if not a thousand, to biodegrade."
For full article: http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/no-one-wants-your-old-clothes/ar-AAim8tF#image=2
Unfortunately, the protective layer of ozone that has protected many generations from the sun has been severely compromised.
How comfortable and non-toxic can sun protection be?
A relatively new rating designation for sun protective textiles and clothing is UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), which represents the ratio of sunburn-causing UV measured without and with the protection of the fabric. We take pride in partnering with those who innovate for clothing to be better than you knew it could be. Our organic cotton dyed with clay has a mean UPF protection factor of 92, which we believe is superior to any sun protection clothing on the market.
The content of clay (that is added sometimes to sunscreens) effectively blocks most of the harmful sun radiation.
White clay is used as a base in many of our low impact dyed as well as clay dyed items for excellent sun protection.
We hope you'll find time to honor the lives of so many who lost their lives at Rana Plaza 3 years ago due to the demands of fast fashion. Don't be tempted by what's tragic, no matter how soft and lovely it seems.
Let INTERNATIONAL FASHION REVOLUTION Week remind you of all the reasons why it's worth knowing more about what you're putting on your precious body.
Do a quick search to find reasons why we encourage you to consider how one piece and take the place of 2, 3, or 4, and gratify you more.
Be willing to hold yourself, your brands and your country accountable.
What's happening with apparel production in the U.S.?
Thanks to Melanie for the moving poem she recently shared in response to this post.