The Eco Guide to Laundry

There’s another laundry menace in town: microfibres. According to research by Plymouth University, washing 6kg of clothes can result in up to 728,789 fibers (for acrylic clothes) released as oceanic pollution.

We Have No Idea How Bad Fashion Actually Is for the Environment

Fashion’s true environmental scope is astounding. It touches agriculture, animal agriculture, petroleum, forestry, mining, construction, shipping, and, of course, manufacturing. And this complex and multilayered supply chain provides both a challenge and an opportunity for climate advocates.

Rooting the Fashion Revolution in the Soil

With the conscious consumer Fashion Revolution underway, we need to dig down to the soil level. We need to ask deeper questions of brands and ourselves about each material ingredient and process throughout the life of a garment; we need scientists and activists to take the fashion industry seriously as a contributor to global climate change, and we need to invest in Climate Beneficial systems.

Seeing the Pasture for the Trees

Published on: April 19, 2017
RONKS, Pa. — Shaded pastures are among the more challenging conditions faced by anyone trying to establish a productive pasture. This scenario varies but often involves a grazier who wants to set up a very intentional form of silvopasture, managing both trees and forage to balance the productivity of both. To be clear, there is no forage crop you can grow well under full leaf canopy. Plants need some sunlight to perform photosynthesis, manufacture sugars, and grow.  Although the ideal balance of needed conditions differs for each plant, there are also a set of basic requirements for any plant to thrive.

Patagonia’s New Clothes Are Made From Poop and Dried Beetles

In an effort to dye its clothes without using toxic chemicals, the green-minded apparel company is making its new Clean Color Collection with natural dyes sourced from 96 percent renewable resources. Those include dyes derived from the poop of silkworms, dried beetles and byproducts of food waste, Patagonia announced Thursday.

Chemicals in Textiles: Risks to Human Health and the Environment

Swedish government assigned a report on the risks to human health and the environment from hazardous substances in textile articles. The report found approximately ten percent of the identified 2400 textile-related substances are considered to be of potential risk to human health. These substances are all functional chemicals, which are expected to be present in the final article at relatively high concentrations, and include azo dyes of direct and acid application type and fragrance. There may also be other types of substances, such as auxiliary chemicals and impurities/degradation products, that can be of potential risk to the human health.