We take Our Commitments seriously. By responsibly choosing what type of materials we use to make our products, we create small positive impacts on the global environmental crisis. By choosing to source organically grown fabrics from the U.S.A., and choosing factories that sustainably source energy to power their machines, we do our best to reduce our carbon footprint every step of the way. And by using water-based dyes for all of our fabrics that are hand screen printed in California, we practice what we preach.
We use certified organic cotton, hemp, recycled plastic, or bamboo to create our products.
Out of the several environmentally conscious fabrics, hemp is the most sustainable fiber. It uses 1/20th of the water necessary to grow cotton. It also grows twice as fast as cotton, grows closer together for a larger yield, and requires less pre processing before production. Hemp has been used for over 12,000 years to make paper, rope, food and textiles. As a fabric, Hemp is ideal. It drys fast, and is both hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial! It is less susceptible to damages caused by chemicals, sunlight, mold and salt water. Which is why during the Colonial times, hemp was a required crop that was grown to produce the canvas for the sails of sail boats as well as ropes. We use hemp as much as possible, however due to Hemp still being illegal to grow in the U.S. most of our products are made using organic cotton. The most amazing thing about Hemp fabric is that it is just one of the over 25,000 different documented uses and products that can be made from the Cannabis plant. check out this cool link for more HEMP FACTS .
Is the only way to grow cotton. Because standard Cotton uses an average of 17 teaspoons of chemical fertilizers and nearly a teaspoon of active ingredients, including pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and defoliants for every nine ounces of cotton—the amount in an average T-shirt— its easy to see the problem this crop causes our environment. Of all insecticides used globally each year, the estimated amount used on traditional cotton is 16-25%! More than any other single crop! Five of the top nine pesticides used on traditional cotton in the U.S. (cyanide, dicofol, naled, propargite, and trifluralin) are KNOWN cancer-causing chemicals. The leeching of theses chemicals has been linked to ground water and drinking water source contamination. We use organic cotton to create a more sustainable environment for us and the organisms that live in very earth we walk upon.
Did you know that Bamboo is technically considered a grass! This plant can grow over three feet in one day! It is the fastest growing plant on earth. Compared to trees of similar size, bamboo consumes 5 times the CO2 and emits 35% more oxygen. Bamboo have such extensive root networks that are so vigorous they naturally expand and regrow their canopy, which means no heavy machinery or tractors are necessary to replant the crop. The roots are very strong, preventing soil erosion, improving water retention and stabilizing the watershed. Bamboo has smooth, round structure to its fibers, which allows for a very soft hand feeling. Although Bamboo rayon and viscose is not perfect, we believe that utilizing bamboo sourced fabrics is a step in the right direction. Vastly more renewable and sustainable than traditional cotton, this fabric material will continue to provide a stepping stone for our planet to recover from soil degradation and environmental issues caused by pesticides.
Recycled PETE or PETE (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is one of the best eco-conscious fabric choices we have today. The process begins as used plastic containers. The plastic containers are sorted, labels removed, caps taken off, crushed and pressed into bales, shredded, and then refined into small flakes. The Recycled flakes are identical to newly produced PET flakes, but they require 2/3 less energy to manufacture into products, 90% less water, and up to 50% less chemicals than non recycled plastics. It seems odd to have to make a statement about being eco-concious using plastic, but when you consider that over 14 Billon pounds of trash (mostly plastic) will end up in the ocean every year, the decision to choose to use recycled material as much as possible becomes more clear. Recycling is not the answer to the looming plastic crisis, but it is a helping hand in giving us a base to work with. Utilizing the power of recycling plastics, along with implementing natural fiber based solutions to the petroleum paradigm, will help us achieve sustainability.
How Can I Further Reduce my Impact?
Specifically regarding clothing, there is a few things that people overlook when considering what to do to help reduce their environmental impact.
1. Stop over washing your clothing. Most clothes aren’t even dirty! Americans have very high standards and usually if it was worn once, then it gets thrown in the dirty hamper.
2. Use Eco friendly detergents that are safe to enter back into the environment, after they clean your clothes.
3. Never throw away any clothing. If you are crafty, just sew on a patch! If you no longer fit, make sure do donate your clothes to good will.