ECO-FORWARD MATERIALS

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How does this material positively effect the environment?

WHAT ARE YOU WEARING?

Where does it come from?

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How is it made?

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RECYCLED MATERIALS

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You can find them in old clothes given away or at your local market that sells plastic bags, old used paper, and metal scraps that have been discarded.

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Clothing made out of used plastics, papers, and metals.

 

Also anything once worn that can be reused can be recyclable but not recycled like cotton, wool, and down

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YES

Sustainability is improved because you are not letting anything go to waste.

 

Recycled means that the origin of some materials in the product when bought were new, recyclable means what you choose to be done with the product when finished. 

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HEMP

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When the Hemp industry dwindled because of strict laws in many countries including the US, China became the world leading producer and the US imports the most hemp.

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A plant with great nutritional value that can be used for cleaning and building.

 

This hemp is a different strain that the strain used for the drug.

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YES

Hemp is a stronger-than-cotton substitute that requires less pesticides and herbicides.

 

The inner fibers are tough and has a low impact on the environment.

 

The recyclability and durability of hemp is long lasting and more reusable than wood pulp and synthetics. 

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SOY SILK

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Soybean fiber originated from Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company, and was almost non-existent after WW2 due to the creation of rayon, nylon, and cotton.

 

It was reintroduced in 1998, now it is mostly sold in China.

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​Made of soy protein,

a by-product of tofu manufacturing

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Soy proteins are extracted from the residual by-product of soybean oil or tofu produce which is recycling.

 

Manufacturing is eco-friendly by liquifying the protein and then wet spinning to produce the fiber.

 

It is bio degradable and a highly sustainable source of organic fiber, grown without fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. 

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ORGANIC COTTON

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Can be found in tropical and subtropical regions – Americas, Africa, and India.

 

Traditional cotton is a destructive industry, being the biggest pesticides user.

 

Cotton is 3% of the crops grown on farms but a quarter of the world’s use for pesticides. 

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Cotton is a crop grown on farmed land non-genetically modified, and can use companion plants to help its growth. 

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Unlike regular cotton, organic lacks pesticides used in the process.

 

However less than 0.1% of global cotton production is organic.

 

Without the pesticides, insects can remain in the ecosystem, biodiversity of plants are saved, and high organic matter can be retained preventing erosion.

 

If dyed, the cotton is no good. Stick to its original colors of cream, light brown, and pale green. 

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LINEN

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The flax plants are naturally grown all over the Mediterranean and Central Asia. 

Made from cellulose fibers that derive from flax plants.

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Linen does not require an abundance of energy or water to produce, the entire plant is used to make linen leaving no waste or footprint.

 

Linen is naturally recyclable and biodegradable. If linen has been processed and dyed it is no good.

 

Look for its natural color or go for low impact dyed linen. 

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LENZING TENCEL

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Tencel is a brand name for a type of lyocell – which is a form of rayon consisting of cellulose fibers made by bleached wood pulp. 

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Produced by an Australian Company Lenzing AG. Lenzing Tencel is made by a special drying process called spinning.

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The benefits of this material is that tencel requires less water and energy than cotton and is biodegradable. A closed loop production process is used to recycle the petrochemicals to minimize harmful waste.

 

If dye is used, it requires less than cotton so Tencel fabric dyed is an easier fix than cotton.

 

The main concerns with Lensing Tencel is the amount of energy used and how unrenewable it is.