11 April 2016

#GoneGreen2016 | Day 90 | Fashion Fabrics Roundup Post + VLOG

organic, cotton, eco, tshirt, bohemian, blonde

Day 90 / 365

So I've decided to leave soy, cashmere, silk, recycled polyester, tencel and a few other fabrics for upcoming series as Fashion Revolution is coming up, and I feel like it will get a bit redundant if it turns out that this whole month is dedicated to fashion alone.

I'm going to round up wool, organic cotton, bamboo, hemp for you in this post and then we'll learn about more fabrics in May, as the seasons shift to meet those fabrics head on anyway.

I'm going to list the four we talked about this week in order of most eco + ethical to least. You can click through to the full post for more info too if ya like.

If you'd rather watch (or listen to) me ramble off this info, I've got you covered. I decided to do a quick VLOG (clumsily) articulating the roundup post in old fashioned words, just scroll to the bottom of this post to the video.
[HEMP]
bohemian, earth, hemp, tshirt
Hemp Tees from Superego 

PROS
- No Pesticides
- Uses 50% less water than cotton to grow and be manufactured
- Crop can be harvested in as little as 4 months
- Purifies The Soil As It Grows
- Creates a closed carbon cycle
- 10x stronger than cotton (meaning it will last longer!)
- Biodegradable
- Needs half the land cotton does to grow the same amount of product.

CONS
If cotton uses 7.5 bathtubs of water to create one t-shirt, hemp uses 3.75, which is still loads!


* READ THE FULL POST ON HEMP here *
                                                                                                                            

[ORGANIC COTTON]
organic, cotton, earth, positive
Earth Positive Tees from Green Shirts Company
PROS
- No pesticides
- Biodegradable

CONS
Even without the pesticides, organic cotton uses a significant amount of water in its growth and production (7.5 bathtubs in growing, 5,000 litres in production). This can be significantly reduced, making it much greener, when it comes from companies like Earth Positive who procure their cotton from farms which are watered with monsoon rain rather than re-routed fresh water from the local community.

* READ THE FULL POST ON ORGANIC COTTON here *
                                                                                                                            

[BAMBOO]
bamboo, scarf, paris, boho
Bamboo Naturally Dyed Scarf by Sencha & Bourbon
PROS
Grows 24 inches in 24 hours
- No pesticides
- Can be frequently and sustainably harvested without damage to the eco system
- Produces more oxygen and absorbs more carbon than trees

CONS
When turned into bamboo viscose it is mixed with chemicals which turns it into a synthetic, like other manufactured fabrics (nylon, rayon, acrylic, polyester, spandex, modal, ect ...) so it means, like the previously listed fabrics, it is not biodegradable and will not be able to return to the earth at the end of its lifecycle. That said, all the above manufactured fabrics and non-organic cotton is more harmful than bamboo on the earth and her inhabitants, so when it comes to eco fabrics it is the least desirable, uses less resources and pollutes less than conventionally accepted chemical infused natural fabrics and all the manufactured fabrics combined.

* READ THE FULL POST ON BAMBOO here *
                                                                                                                            

[WOOL]
eco, ethical, wool, snood, grey
Snood by Twigs & Wool
PROS
- Biodegradable
- Does not pollute or drain resources

CONS
Methane produced from sheep mass bread for wool / meat production harms the planet
- Unless the company you're purchasing from is transparent about the farm their wool comes from (like FINISTERRE), there is probably about a 90% chance the animals who produced the wool for your wooly wonder, especially if you got it from a fast fashion (mall / highstreet shop) than the animal who provided the wool was likely severely beaten and/or murdered in the process.

* READ THE FULL POST ON WOOL here *
                                                                                                                            

[OTHER CONSIDERATIONS]

ENERGY - each of these products require energy to bring the fabric from its natural form to finished product. Production, processing and shipping all have huge implications and strains on the planet. The pinkish t-shirt you see Shane wearing above was made by a company called Earth Prositive which produces their products using renewable energy, mitigating this need. Fast fashion brands do not do this and use a huge amount of resources for clothing production.

CHEMICALS - dyes, bleaches and other chemicals are used for processing clothing, even 'eco friendly' clothing. H&M's conscious collection is an example of this half ass attempt. They use organic cotton, but then dye and print on the fabric with chemical dyes making the product, technically, no longer eco friendly.

LAND AND RESOURCES - Natural materials require huge amounts of land and space for growth and production. The all require water during their production. With cotton requiring the most.

[SO WHO IS THE WINNER?]
HEMP! hemp is the most sustainable fabric out of these four fabrics which causes the least amount of harm to the planet and her inhabitants.

[VLOG PRE-WARNING]
When you've never Vlogged before, Sunday probably isn't the best time to start! I forgot to do an intro and remain rather serious throughout. I promise it will (probably) get more charming over time. Might get ahold of my expressive hands at some point too ... only time will tell ...

photos: Shane Woodward & Paola Fleming
*all t-shirts and the snood pictured were kindly sent to us as a gift, the bamboo scarf was lent!

1 comment:

MONIQUE said...

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