Good On You
Have you heard about Good On You?
They are the world's leading source for fashion brand ratings, pulling all the information together for each brand in an easy to understand score. They are a group of campaigners, fashion professionals, scientists, writers and developers who have come together to drive the change to live in a world that is sustainable and fair.
They recently published a What Are You Wearing? The Ultimate Clothing Material Guide.
As you'll see, they agree with me and the Crabs about conventional cotton production being one of the most environmentally harmful agricultural activities around.
See what they had to say below about Organic Cotton and Recycled Polyester the two materials we currently use.
I am looking for your thoughts on what fabric you would like to see for a new product I have in mind. I would love to hear your thoughts, please leave a comment below.
Soft, light, and breathable, cotton is a fibre often associated with quality clothing, and can be found in many wardrobe staples such as jeans and t-shirts. It has the advantage of being entirely biodegradable. However, conventional cotton (GMO and otherwise) is an extremely thirsty crop, one that uses 25% of the world’s pesticides, and one that is often associated with child slavery and forced labour. The process of turning cotton balls into soft or shiny coloured cloth uses a vast array of chemical processes for treating, dyeing, printing, and finishing.
Organic cotton addresses many of the problems of conventional cotton. It’s grown without the use of pesticides, from seeds which have not been genetically modified. Organic farming practices avoid using harmful chemicals while aiming for environmental sustainability and the use of fewer resources. Chemical-free agricultural land stays fertile much longer than land which is hampered by the constant use of pesticides, so organic cotton farmers generally have a longer cotton commodity lifespan than otherwise. Organic cotton is overall much better than regular cotton for the planet and people, including you!
Avoid traditionally farmed cotton and opt instead for recycled cotton or organic cotton, specifically with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification. Not only is it organic, but the GOTS system certifies a brand’s entire supply chain, following its practices—including the dyeing stage—and addresses a range of labour rights issues to be sure high standards of ethics are being maintained throughout the production process.
Polyester is a common plastic derived from oil with a wide application that includes and extends beyond the fashion industry. The majority of polyesters are not biodegradable, meaning that the polyester fabric shirt you bought last season will not decompose for 20 years at best and 200 years at worst, depending on conditions. What’s more, polyester is, in part, derived from petroleum—and the oil manufacturing industry is the world’s largest polluter.
In the past few years, the sustainable fashion sphere has been introduced to recycled PET plastic. Recycled PET plastic is usually made from recycled plastic bottles or fishing nets. Buying recycled PET plastic means you’re minimising waste and cutting out the fossil fuel industry, but it doesn’t erase the issue of microplastic pollution.
Avoid virgin polyester. Consider buying recycled PET plastic products. especially for products that don’t require frequent machine washing like shoes.
You can read the full article here
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