Today, majority of our clothing are made of synthetic material which is an extreme contributor to environmental pollution.
Take a look into your closet, how many percent of them are made from non-synthetic material?
Quite? That makes two of us.
Think cotton is environmental friendly? Read this:
Nylon and polyester
Made from petrochemicals, these synthetics are non-biodegradable, they are inherently unsustainable on two counts. Nylon manufacture creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Making polyester uses large amounts of water for cooling, along with lubricants which can become a source of contamination. Both processes are also very energy-hungry.
This is another artificial fibre, made from wood pulp, which on the face of it seems more sustainable. However, old growth forest is often cleared and/or subsistence farmers are displaced to make way for pulpwood plantations. Often the tree planted is eucalyptus, which draws up phenomenal amounts of water, causing problems in sensitive regions. To make rayon, the wood pulp is treated with hazardous chemicals such as caustic soda and sulphuric acid.
Natural fibres have their problems, too. Cotton is the most pesticide intensive crop in the world: these pesticides injure and kill many people every year. It also takes up a large proportion of agricultural land, much of which is needed by local people to grow their own food. Herbicides, and also the chemical defoliants which are sometimes used to aid mechanical cotton harvesting, add to the toll on both the environment and human health. These chemicals typically remain in the fabric after finishing, and are released during the lifetime of the garments. The development of genetically modified cotton adds environmental problems at another level. Organic cotton is quite another matter.
Both agricultural and craft workers in the UK suffer from exposure to organophosphate sheep dip.
With polluting tanning and dyeing processes, as well as intensive farming impacts and animal rights issues.
PVC – a notoriously toxic material.
Harmful solvents – used e.g. in glues and to stick plastic coatings to some waterproof fabrics.
Article taken from Green Choices, England
Let’s take a look at a normal product life cycle, from material extraction to final disposal.
Then ask ourselves 2 questions. How much more non-renewable material we can extract from the earth? And, how much more non-degradable rubbish we are putting into earth?
Creating functional organic clothing that is degradable, and uses renewable environmental friendly material is one of our main goal in green technology projects. That makes industrial hemp the chosen one.
No, you can’t smoke this kind of hemp. (if that’s what you were thinking)
The variants of the hemp which are used as drug are called Cannabis sativa, commonly known as marijuana. These variants are typically low growing and have higher content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
Industrial hemp is high growing, usually more than 3 meters tall (as can be seen in the picture above). It is then refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel (biofuel).
It is a thoroughly ecological crop: highly productive, easy to cultivate, pest tolerant hence no pesticide needed. At the same time, binding and enriching the soild with its deep roots.
It is a traditional fibre, that went out of favour in the 1930s for political reasons, rather than practical ones. It is now at long last undergoing something of a revival.
Hemp clothing can give you the cool in summer, and warmth in winter. Hemp jackets have been tested by Sea Shepherd (a non-profit, marine conservation organization based in the United States) at arctic temperatures make this the ultimate gear for even the most extreme climates.
Watch the making of a hemp jacket － from the hemp field to the jacket we wear.
We make the aim of, 20% of our hemp clothing produce goes to the aid of people who needed most. And the percentage is rising in the very near future.