Articles tagged with ‘Clothing’
By Anny on May 31st, 2013
Indigenous isa one-stop shop for all organic, eco-friendly and fair trade fashion ranges. It has a complete range of clothing for men, women specially crafted by skilled artisansacross the globe. Their aim is to preserve and encouragethe age old skills of local artisans and provide a fair trade platform for them to sell theirproducts. It also encourages natural and organic materials and dyes with an equal mission emphasis on people as well as the planet
Its founders Scott Leonard and Matt Reynolds have been in the business since 1994 and have been using a whole lot of organic fibers such as organic cotton, Merino wool, silk and Alpaca, with the silk obtained from a safe extraction process that doesn’t harm the silkworm. They use natural dyes which are free from chemical toxins and pollution linked manufacturing processes. All their yarns and dyeing processes are compliant with Global Organic Textile standards (GOTS) and they ensure that all their associated mills are run and managed in an environmentally safe manner.
Indigenous is located in Santa Rosa California. You can purchasetheir products from their online store at the below link and can also check their latest collections.
The store offers a whole lot of vibrant clothing for men and women apart from a separate category for products on sale or for new additions. You can also purchase accessories such as scarves and can also look for their gift choices. They also offer free shipping for all online orders by FedEx ground. Women can choose from cardigans, sweaters, dresses, tees, blouses and many more. Men can choose from a whole lot of shirts and sweaters in various colors and size. This s one store you need to check out if you are looking for some amazing designs usingsustainable materials.
By Anny on April 29th, 2013
Sustainable fashion is a collective term for an Eco-friendly and ethical form of fashion design which can involve using organic materials, decrease or omit chemical usage, not using animal product, generating a lesser carbon footprint and also creating an ethical business process. The idea behind sustainable fashion is to create a safer, healthier and naturally derived range of apparel. Let’s take a brief look into a few fibers which are being widely used in Eco-friendly and organic clothing ranges.
1) Jute: Jute is the second most widely cultivated textile crop after cotton and has been traditionally used for bags and sacks. Newer varieties of jute are being widely used in apparels, furnishings etc. Jute fiber is strong, durable, bio-degradable and is sound and heat insulating
2) Flax: Flax fibers are soft and lustrous and are used for delicate clothing needs. Flax is generally less elastics then cotton but is stronger.
3) Hemp: Hemp fiber was traditionally used in making ship canvas. It has a texture similar to linen and is now being widely used in clothing ranges as well as for packaging sacks.
4) Bamboo: Not many of us are familiar with the fact that a fiber can be extracted from the Bamboo shoots which has natural anti-microbial qualities. It’s now being used in clothing as the unique fiber allows the skin to breathe through the fabric there by reducing perspiration.
5) Ramie: Ramie is one the oldest fiber crops and has been used since the ages to make coarse fibers. It’s very strong and cloth made from Ramie doesn’t wrinkle much and is lustrous. It usually is blended with other fibers such as cotton, wool etc.
6) Abaca: Abaca is a variety of the banana plant and is mainly found in Philippines. It’s used in making handicrafts and also a variety of paper which is used in tea bags. Abaca has been recently used in making regular apparel too.
7) Kapok: Kapok is also called as Java cotton and is a fiber which is derived from the seed pods of the plant. It extremely light-weight then cotton and can support up to 30 times it weight. It very fragile and cannot be spun and is mainly used for stuffing and for special king of clothing required for diving.
We also see the term organic cotton being widely used nowadays. It means cotton which has been cultivated without the use of harmful fertilizers and pesticides, and consequently does not cause any pollution to the environment
By Anny on April 13th, 2013
We all line in a colorful and vibrant world, with our clothing and interiors designed in a myriad of colors. The fact that almost all of the fabrics need to be dyed with the appropriate colors is something we all would quite agree with. As we get to become more conscious of our environment, there has been a spurt in the usage of natural fabrics and dyes. However, as we move towards optimizing our daily activities and reducing our dependence on natural resources and prevent over-usage wherever possible, let’s ponder to how much water would dyeing a fabric consume?
On an average, each fabric goes through several stages of dyeing, with an estimated 5-15 gallons of water required to dye a regular fabric with a single color. Considering the fact that water is scarcely available in our planet, with a vast majority of people without access to drinking water, it would quite be useful if we have a mechanism by which we can reduce the water consumption in dyeing of fabrics, or omit it all together. One such relevant way of saving water is by the revolutionary AirDye technology which eliminates the need for water while dyeing fabrics.
Going by an example from the water saver calculator on their site, a regular tee-shirt would cost 7.75 gallons of water when dried using traditional dyeing methods.
Air Dye is a technology from Colorep®, Inc. which is a California based company dealing with sustainable technologies for human life. The technology used air instead of water to apply dye on a surface, which can be a fabric or interiors. This does not damage the fabric and color etches into the fabric as good as any conventional form of dyeing. It also reduces waste and consumes up to 85% lesser energy when compared to conventional dyeing methods. It is already in use by brands as varied as Patagonia, Hunter Douglas, Julie Apple as well as renowned fashion house Costello Tagliapietra. Air Dye technology also suits print to order fabric dyeing and can be an asset to the fashion and apparel industry.
To know more, access the below link.
By Anny on April 3rd, 2013
Suede leather is a popular choice for boots and shoes and no wardrobe would quite be complete without them. This soft leather is derived from the under skins of animals such as goat, lambs etc, and does involve skinning animals for their hide. Also leather is processed using a number of chemicals which are often a major cause of soil and water pollution as the effluents are often released into the environment without being treated completely. As the manufacturing of accessories from leather involves many different stages-it’s often difficult to ensure that a product has been made with a lesser degree of pollution in its manufacturing cycle. Here-we present a perfect alternative to suede leather in the form of synthetic suede which is made from 100% recycled polyester fibers in a unique process which involves lesser energy consumption as well as lesser carbon DI-oxide emissions.
The Robin Hide shoes also have a faux fur lining which make them virtuallyindistinguishable from normal suede shoes. They are made in china within an ethically-run factory and are a perfect alternative to conventional suede boots. You can choose between sizes 5 to 10 and its highly recommended to order one side above for a comfortable fit. The material is sourced from Toray in Japan (www.ultrasuede.com)which is a leading manufacturer of Ultrasuede-which is synthetic suede consisting of woven micro-fibers derived from 100% polymers without the use of any animal products. Ultrasuede is soft to touch and is supple so that it can be easily woven into a fabric and used in apparels and clothing. The fabric is widely used in footwear as it endures wear and tear and stay looking new for a long period of time.
The Robin Hide boots cost $165.
You can purchase them from the below link.
By Anny on December 19th, 2012
The past decades have seen an increase in the usage of natural fibers in our clothing needs. They are environment friendly, degradable and require less energy while in production. One such international brand is Rapanui Clothing which not uses natural fibers for their ranges, but also uses renewable energy in its production units. Their units are powered by solar power and windmills, and deliver a vibrant and snazzy range of clothing which comes with a natural softness
The range commits itself to being environment friendly and practices ethical fashion. The journey of their products can be traced right from its origin to the store, with a complete transparency of using eco-friendly material and practices in creating their products. They are also working with the European parliament to develop an eco-labeling system which would let consumers know as to how much environment friendly a product is.
The brand has a wide range of casual wear, which is made from natural fibers such as organic cotton, hem, Bamboo and recycled PET. Their manufacturing facilities are powered by renewable energy sources, so you can be assured that your purchase is in harmony with nature.
You can view their collection on their website, and can also purchase online. They have a wide range of casual wear for men and women, along with caps, shorts, socks and polo tees. Their products come in all sizes and in a wide range of vibrant colors. If you still think that natural fiber and eco-clothing would be quite dull, this is one collection that’s going to prove you wrong. You can also buy a gift card and can give it as a gift for a special occasion.
The site also has a print shop feature where you can have your own design or logo printed on their range.
One advantage of using this label is that you get to choose from natural fibers, which are safe and do not involve harmful chemicals or animal tests. Using natural alternatives in our daily life is one way of showing our solidarity with the environment.
Their range is retailed across many stores and boutiques across UK. You can access the below link for more information on their retailers, or can use the store locator link in their site.
Rapanui clothing is located in Isle of Wight, England. It had won the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) award for maintaining production processes which do not involve cruelty to towards animals.
By Anny on December 17th, 2012
All of us are familiar with bamboo- the tall shoots that decorate parks and gardens. Bamboo is actually a type of reed or grass and is known to grow fast, requires very less water and often grows in bunches. Bamboo is widely used in handicrafts, agricultural implements, housing needs and in the manufacture of paper. Bamboo can also be used to generate a fiber which can be used for clothing needs.
Momo bamboo is a very coon variety of bamboo which is native to China, and is most suitable for obtaining fiber for clothing needs. The process involves using the bamboo leaves and the tender insides of the shoot to produce cellulose, which is then converted into fiber.
Bamboo sustains harsh weather conditions, and can also grow with litter irrigation. It’s a type of grass and would grow again if cut. In fact, some reaches indicate that the yield is much better in case of regular harvesting by cutting the top portion of the shoot. Bamboo also grows very fast, and in some cases has a yield in 8-10 weeks. Natural bamboo doesn’t require any fertilizers or manure. Many varieties of bamboo contain a natural antimicrobial agent which itself insulates the plant against common infections. All the above properties of bamboo have made it a very economically viable cash crop, and its being extensively cultivated even in regions with less rainfall. This makes it one good crop alternative in semi-arid areas, where water supply is scarce. Cultivation of bamboo not only gives an alternate fiber for our uses, but also provides a source of livelihood for farmers. It requires little care and maintenance and gives a yield many times more than cotton.
Let us look at the advantages of bamboo fibers:
1) It has natural antibacterial properties which also make the plant resistant to common infections
2) Its natural and biodegradable.
3) Using bamboo fiber provides a living to bamboo cultivators, who often are from poor and arid regions, and cannot cultivate other cash crops.
4) Bamboo fiber has a lot of tiny free spaces which allow the fabric to absorb moisture easily and also support ventilation. This makes clothing from bamboo fibers very cool, and non-sticky. On a broader viewpoint this makes them less allergenic, and more suited for the sensitive skin types.
5) Its strong and at the same time can be easily spun. Often bamboo fiber is used as a whole, or is used in combination with other fibers such as cotton, hemp silk etc to give a blended fiber.
Most of bamboo fiber is cultivated and processed in China, with a Chinese firm Hebei Jigao Chemical Fiber Company holding a patent for a widely used form of bamboo fiber processing.
This fiber is now being used for many clothing needs, and is slowly forming an alternative to other plant and synthetic fibers. Litrax AG, Switzerland has developed an environmentally safe technology while processing the bamboo into fiber and retaining all its inherent qualities. This technology is one of the path breaking innovations in use of natural fibers by making their synthesis totally environmentally safe, and without the use of harmful chemical widely used in fabric manufacturing.
By Anny on December 7th, 2012
Natural clothing company based in Washington USA is a manufacturer of organic clothing ranges. They use natural fibers such as hemp, flax, bamboo etc which are a safe and healthy alternative to conventional fibers. These fibers allow air to pass through and ventilate your skin, and also contain natural anti-microbial which deter bacteria.
The cotton they use for their garments is made from 90 to 100% organic cotton which is free from any harmful pesticides and fertilizers.
They have a range of natural clothing for men, women and kids. Range for women includes tops, pants, tunics etc. Men can choose from a wide range of Tee’s, undershirts in different sizes and colors.
They also have sweaters, organic socks and undergarments. You can also check their range of bags, purses, accessories, and also their range of natural skin care products at www.naturalclothingcompany.com.
Organic practices have a lower carbon footprint, as the entire process consumes less fuel and energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases. It’s also non-polluting and does not carry any health hazards due to the use of toxic chemicals.
You can also check their range of gifs such as hemp ties, wallets etc. Hemp is naturally grown under organic condition as well as bamboo used in our products. All their products are vegan unless specifically mentioned. They do not involve animal products or by-products. There are no silk threads, no leather in shoes or bags, nor animal byproducts in dyes.
Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production reduces reduce the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, and is an eco-friendly alternative to conventional farming. Despite growing popularity of organic cotton, it still accounts for only 0.03% of the total cotton production, and this might result in a slight difference in pricing.
By Anny on July 1st, 2012
The activities of human beings directly affect the environment, either positive or negative. Although they are effecting more as negative, if individuals are concerned about eco-friendly environment, eco-friendly clothing is an attractive option.
As compared to our general clothing fabrics, eco-friendly clothing is made from organic materials and natural dyes to reduce the use of chemicals and pesticides. (more…)
By Anita (EnviroGadget Writer) on February 22nd, 2010
This lightweight jacket is made from recycled materials. Featuring ‘Tux’ the linux penguin used as the logo for Linux it is bound to appeal to all open source eco enthusiasts.
By Dan (EnviroGadget Writer) on September 8th, 2008
Researchers at the Iowa State University have invented a green gadget, a solar-powered necktie, in the process of inventing fabric that integrates photovoltaic thin film cells both physically and aesthetically into wearable clothing. In terms of aesthetics, it’s a hard job, as solar cells are usually a distinct blue-ish colour and grid-pattern. (more…)