06 Best Eco-Friendly US Based Online Fashion Stores

06 Best Eco-Friendly US Based Online Fashion Stores

The leading fashion businesses and organizations of the world are more caring and probing about eco-friendly products and services. The top brands are striving their best to portray themselves as unique eco-friendly player from others. And for this, they are investing their energies and money in all the activities which are definitely in favor of our planet, people and company’s growth as well. One brand is attracting us because it’s investing on water pollution issues so that we could save pure water for our next generation. On the other hands, the next is emphasizing on forests awful situations and its company’s positive contribution towards green environment.

In the nutshell, everybody realized this thing very clearly that consumer of current era is well-informed and educated about environment. And it’s the first requirement of every consumer that clothes, food or beauty items which they are going to purchase is from sustainable sources. Under which circumstances, the workers produce such items and what are the mode of transportation which are used to reach these items to us. In short, you need to be really transparent on each and every activity of your product/material sourcing.

Best Eco-friendly US Online Fashion Stores:

The online fashion stores practices towards sustainability is not new. If you look into this industry deeply then you may realize that there are so many online fashion portals which are practicing the same for a long time. Even you would find some brands which are incepted due to only this reason. As the founders of the said brands anxiously feel the careless attitude of the main players towards environment and people. So, they decided to jump into this business and start their sustainable clothing line and other products. It doesn’t matter whether they are in the below top list or not but their step towards environment is like a whistle blowers. We have already discussed UK best online fashion stores in our previous articles. So, now we want to highlight some best eco-friendly US online fashion stores which are strictly follow the sustainable practices and standards:

1. Elborne

A famous US based online fashion store which offers its client sustainable and ethical products with style. An LA based 28 years old girl named Ashley and her husband and business partner, Bryant owned and operate this store. As per them, they prefer style over trend and encourage their consumer to buy incredible highly piece instead of spending money on several small trendy pieces. They believe that while caring the environment one should not buy such thing which made him/her feel bad. So, this online fashion portal offers such products which are not only stylish but also conforms the green standards. They give confidence to their clients that every single garment on their site is highly ethical and cruelty-free. You can find so many brands on their site which are really famous and well known.

2. Modavanti

A leading online fashion store which is committed to offer only sustainable products to its online fashion lovers clients.  Despite of several industry’s sustainable initiatives, the company believe that there is still need to do a-lot for this issue. So, they have introduced a unique badge system that clears this thing that how much this item you are buying is eco-friendly. So, to be the part Modavanti’s supplier list, your product should have at least one badge. Their other efforts towards sustainability like vegan products, eco-friendly, zero waste, fair trade, made in USA, recycled, organic and artisan are really remarkable.

3. Amour Vert

As the online fashion brand Amour Vert name meaning in French is “Green Love”. The Vert was founded with an ambition to offer high fashion products to its clients but with strict sustainable standards. When Linda Balti (Amour Vert’s Founder) decided to launch Vert, at that time, the fashion industry was the second pollution generating industry in the world. So keeping in mind this thing, the Vert team decided to go for green friendly products. So, they are using sustainable fabrics, non-toxic dyes and zero waste policy in all their high online fashion range.

Their sourcing team is striving for the best to procure sustainable sources for their products. One of their luxurious fiber Merino wool is source from Wool-mark approved stations in Australia. And one of their brand “BeGood” has already partnered with Evidence Action (non-profit purify chlorine distributor). So, on every sale they make, they will offer 12 gallons of pure water to African countries like Kenya & Ugnada.

 4. Lux & Eco

At Lux & Eco, you would have plenty of options to buy different kind of products and services at one online fashion portal. As they are offering plenty of sustainable and highly eco-friendly items at one e-commerce site. From organic food to sustainable beauty items, you would get amazing number of environmentally responsible brands over here.  The company’s unstoppable efforts towards green and safe environment are really appreciable. As they are partnering with different charities like ”Global Green”,  “Girl Up”, “Falling Whistles” and “Marine Megafanna Foundation” to make the world more sustainable and safe.

5. Ethica

An online fashion store named Ethica is own and run by an artist named Ariana Boussard-Reifel. Reifel transformed her passion into business and launched a sustainable online antique and vintage jewelry store.  She is one of those who really enjoy the sustainable approach and have a passion to implement its standards not only into her business as well her life too. The artist’s life is good example of sustainable life. When you review her personal apartment and wardrobe, you will find everything antique, vintage and from second hand stores.

Same is the case with their sustainable products; they made their jewelry by hand, using ethical and sustainable standards. All their products are produced locally. And for this, they hired local teams which paid living wages to cast from recycled metals. Along with their products, their packaging is also from recycled material and recyclable.  They are continuously participating and donating in carbon neutral program which reduce your greenhouse gas emissions where possible.

6. The Reformation

This online fashion portal was incorporated in year 2009 by Yael Aflalo. The most of their online fashion catalogue production is produced in their own factory, located in Los Angles. There are very little quantity which is produced in rest of US and some abroad places. But all production is made by strict eco-friendly and sustainable standards. They source sustainable fabrics and vintage garments through its eco-friendly supply chain so that it create less/zero impact on nature. The most beautiful thing is their transparency, they host the tour to their factory to meet the people who made our clothes.

08 BEST SUSTAINABLE UK ONLINE SHOPPING STORES

08 BEST SUSTAINABLE UK ONLINE SHOPPING STORES

The sustainable or eco-friendly shopping is becoming the main preference of today’s consumer. Thanks to the environment-friendly people who enforce us to think a-bit about the nature during our day to day shopping.  And this thing also enforced the brands to strictly follow the standards which are in favor of our planet and people. As we already highlighted the sustainability efforts of few denim and other fashion brands  in our previous articles. But here we want to disclose some best UK based online shopping stores and their positive efforts towards sustainability. So the sustainable shopping desire also became much easier and approachable because of its globally presence and serviceability.

Sustainable Online Shopping Stores:

Here we have explored UK based best eco-friendly online shopping stores which are offering both apparel and personal grooming items. And the interesting thing which I want to share with you that most of the below stores are owned by female. The way they manage both business and environment activities is much appreciable and a benchmark for the followers.

1. Gather and See

Founded by Alicia Taylor and Stephanie Hogg, the most stylish and ethical online shopping platform which really care about fashion, style along with people and planet. Their eco-friendly brands have proper monitoring while in production. As they really care about the water and electricity consumption during product development process. And currently its eco-friendly products are using bio gradable packaging due to zero waste policy. The company emphasize on worker’s equality and transparency in each and every step of material sourcing.

2. Reve en Vert

The Rêve En Vert online shopping portal was founded in year 2013, It has established itself as the premier online retailer of sustainable luxury. As the usage of organic and natural materials is essential of all its products. And their sourcing and designing team is continuously striving for best ethical materials for their products which have minimal effect on environment. In the REV studio, even a little thing matter. That’s why company’s small but continues efforts towards waste control are marvelous. The company’s partnership with “Trees for Future”  is also a great step towards green and healthy living.

3. ASOS Green Room

With a believe that there should be no barrier for getting a new outfit. This online shopping site is selling 3, 00,000 dresses in a week. As per them, they are not just selling or making profit but they are living in the heart of their customers. As per the company’s commitment to ensure the fashion with integrity. And for this, they are really caring about the transparency and progress of their supplying partners. Their website and published periodic reports update their consumer about their team’s contribution towards planet and people.

4. Bamford

Since 2006, Bamford is offering clothing, body and skin care products to its clientele via online. This online shopping company is offering remarkable clothing from the fine natural fibers. And their finest body care products from organic and botanical ingredients proved the company’s strict policy towards environment and people.  You can find multiple ethical products which they procured different countries like Scotland, Italy, Nepal and India.

5. People Tree

A 25 years old online shopping platform which gives surety to its clients that whatever you buy from here will be strictly ethical and sustainable. They claim to stand against fast fashion which gives society pollution, child labor, inequality and destruction of natural environment. So, they portrayed themselves as slow fashion followers which are really taking care of ethics, nature and planet people. People Tree developed the first integrated supply chain for organic cotton (from farm to final product). And they are the one those who got GOTS certification on their entire supply chain. They prefer hand weaved fabrics, by-sea shipments instead of by-air and choose recycled products instead of synthetic/non-biogradable materials.

6. TIFF

Tiff (an online shopping portal) was conceived by an 18 years old girl named Tiffany Roberts. As per the company, their ethical fashion and stylish products are only for those who have really concern about environment. They are offering different sustainable products to its clientele with different categories like “recycled & upcycled”, “ethical” and “eco-friendly products”. Their sustainable product range includes: accessories, dresses, trousers, jewelry, bags, shorts and skirts, lingerie etc. And currently this online shopping mall is offering more than 50 brands to its target segment (Men, Women & Kids).

7. Fashion Compassion

A UK based online shopping store offering variety of sustainable items to its clientele. It is owned by a young girl, Ayesha Mustafa, who named her sustainable products with its characteristics. They are offering 06 sustainable stamped products which guide their consumer about the sustainable credentiality of their purchase. Their sustainability stamps include: “Eco-Friendly”,” Locally Produced”, “Artisanal Reviving Craft”, “Fairl Traded”, “Upcylced Material” and “Vegan”.

8. AIRR Boutique

AIRR is continuously support brands who are ethics and sustainability conscious. It only prefers those brands whose products are made by FairTrade artisans and with organic material. As per the company’s management policy “Buying exclusively fair trade clothing or exclusively organic clothing should be something that is just normal. Not posh, not hippy, not middle class, not special, but just normal”. The company doesn’t encourage fast fashion products which are made from pesticides, toxic chemicals and used tons of water in processing and manufacturing. They don’t even encourage cheap items which ultimately made by enforced or child labor.

10 Sustainable Fashion Brands You Must Know About

10 Sustainable Fashion Brands You Must Know About

The sustainability journey hasn’t any set standards which clothing/fashion brands could follow to make its products sustainable. Its implications and standards would be varied from company to company. Every organization has to transform its main pillars in such a way so that it couldn’t upset its revenue, cost, brand and risk factor. For a successful sustainability penetration into company, you need to match the organizational financial objectives with environmental and social goals. So, if you effectively merge your corporate goals with your sustainable aims then you can offer a low cost ethical product to your consumers. It’s true that sustainability journey has some cost but this can be managed through eco-friendly product corporate strategy. The same practice we can observe in our surroundings. And now, you can have multiple brands which are offering ethical products in competitive rates.

Fashion Brands Journey Towards Sustainability

The famous women brand Skunkfunk’s collections in UK are 50% source by ethical sources. As they are offering technical outerwear and innovative fabric range to its target market, exclusively designed by their artists. As per the company’s statement, their sustainable garments are in accordance with the third party stanndards (Fairtrade, GOTS, Organic Content Standard, OCS 100) and independent certifications. Not only this, they are making revolutionary changes into their cutting pattern which leads the cutting waste up to 0%.

The German outdoor clothing brand Vaude (Mountain Sports, Bike Sports and Packs ’n Bags) has already crossed number of milestones towards sustainability. Now they announced that they will extend its environmental stewardship in the supply chain.  As per the company’s target, they will ensure the 100% transparency of their entire material supplier. And the company’s believe that sustainable business pays off in the long term. Economic, ecological and social aspects must be equally considered. The company already published report for its sustainable accomplishment and future goals.

The world famous brand Adidas has commendable journey towards sustainability. It’s one of those fashion brands who contributed a lot in favor of nature and natural resources. They have categorized the sustainable strategy into two major categories which are “Product” (Water Saving, Innovative Material, and Conserve Energy) and “People” (Empower people, Improve Health and Inspire Action). As per the company, these are the six strategic priorities and challenges where sustainable efforts are necessary. You can check their published detailed report of the sustainable accomplishment of Adidas for the year 2016.

The famous retail giant Target join hands with Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and both shall accelerate sustainable cotton research. Both have recently took number of productive steps towards this goal but still they need to do a lot for this cause. Because, currently twenty three million metric tons cotton is producing around the globe. The conventional production requires 10,000 to 20,000 liters water per kilo gram. Along with that an intensive chemicals and pesticides are consuming on the same which are also really harmful for health as well as environment.  Up till now, only 13% of the total cotton production is growing under a sustainable method. So, the challenge for the environment friendly organizations is really big and tough in this sector too.

Let’s have a quick review of the different famous fashion brands efforts towards sustainability. “Minna”, a wedding wear brand, already labelled itself as Eco Luxe brand. It’s Veils and bridesmaid dresses are normally from recycle, sustainable materials. “Fat Face”, in 20196, they launched 360 plan to contribute a positive impact on the environment. Their 03 pillars (Responsible Sourcing, Environment Protection and Support People and local communities) sustainability business model covers the main environmental and people’s issues in an effective way.  “ASOS”, an Internet giant, is doing tremendous efforts towards ethical clothing. Their ethical trade program, working with suppliers, ethical trade partnerships are proven and positive efforts towards the sustainable brand journey.  “Monsoon”, the brand’s 03 years initiative with Oxfam which supports Indian farmer for organic farming. Along with that, their steps towards recycled packaging, energy savings, supply chain measure and animal welfare are really incredible.

People Tree, a slow fashion pioneer clothing brand is really focusing on transparency. They have listed their suppliers on their site so that their client could know their material source.  As per the company, they are not only passing and share their knowledge with their suppliers but also support them financially. Seasalt, a Queen’s award (2013) towards sustainable development company, Seasalt is continuously increasing their local cloth manufacturing (South West, Guernsey and across the UK) so that their client could experience and enjoy more ethical products.

In the Nutshell:

The Government, civil society, especially the fashion brands should join hands with environment-people to achieve the sustainable development agenda by 2030. Although the ordinary consumer is now quite smart and more curious about product quality and environmental concerns. Even then, the environment issues are still really hazardous and making causes of serious health issues. The above guide only covered few UK fashion brands and some other fashion brands efforts of different countries towards sustainability. Here we can’t ignore the sustainability efforts of European, US and rest part of the world’s fashion brands. As mentioned earlier, together we can make a difference so joint efforts should be focused which would be in favor of environment and people’s health.

How Ethical Consumer Favors Environmental Sustainability

How Ethical Consumer Favors Environmental Sustainability

The history of textile sustainable/ethical products has started in early 1990’s. It was the time when manufacturing entities and ordinary consumers started taking interest in eco-friendly products and environmental sustainability issues. And this was the phase when green movement goals have started under discussion on a mass level.  The key manufacturer commenced producing eco-friendly products like organic cotton, bio-gradable papers and detergents, bamboo fibers, sustainable chemicals and pesticides etc.

Similarly, by the end of every day, the ethical spending trend is also increasing in all over the world. As consumers are more insist on eco-friendly products rather than conventional. As per research study findings by Grand View Research, the global eco fiber market will expected to reach US$ 93.27 till year 2025. And the growth rate would be anticipated around 12% pa.  As per some other research findings, the global eco-fiber demand has already increased from 9570 kilo tones. And it is expected to increase up to 7.25% till current year to year 2025.

Ethical Consumer and Environmental Sustainability Approach in UK:

The trend of buying less but buying better is more dominant in UK market. As per the new ethical consumer markets research study findings 2015, the value of ethical product’s sales increased by 8%. It was the time when inflation scarcely rose 0.5%. As per the other research study by Mintel, the 69% women of segment 25-44 aged group said that they prefer quality over quantity. Not only this, the new study report on millennials says that 70% from the target respondents loves to spend on eco-friendly products.

The UK ethical market spending wroth was £54 billion in year 2016. And it represents the 7% of the total UK conventional product’s sale. Based on the consumer buying behavior and trends, most of the national and international brands started aggressively sourcing eco-friendly products. Despite of increasing trends and demand of sustainable clothing in all over the world. The eco system is not as controlled as it should be and still there is need to do a lot towards sustainable development agenda of 2030.

Although the denim and clothing companies’ efforts towards sustainability are remarkable yet we still need to improve the overlooking areas. Being a consumer, we have the power to drag or change industry giant’s approach towards sustainability. If we well educate ourselves from the supply chain system of the brands which we often use. And our brand loyalty is totally depending upon the brand’s strict policy towards environmental sustainability. Then we can say that we are wise and ethical consumer as well as responsible resident of this beautiful globe.

Ethical Consumer:

As we discussed above, being a consumer, our buying behavior and trend has significant effect on our society. As we already discussed in our other article that how excessive cloth buying created waste clothes and polluted our environment. Similarly, if we buy less but buy conventional clothing (unethical) even then our environment will pay the cost of it. So, the approach regarding buy less but buy better will work here.  And we can say that while buying anything, we need to follow an ethical approach. Being an ethical consumer, we should be really careful about our buying that it doesn’t harm our environmental sustainability, society and other creatures (animals etc.).  So, we can say, we need to do a little research before buying any item so that we could contribute positively for the betterment of our globe.

Being an ethical consumer, we need to spend a little time and research about the origins from where our clothes other daily utensils come from. Although the research work and information digging is getting smooth and easy day by day. Because, most of the companies are already showing its material suppliers published to their sites. Moreover, you can also get a lot of information about company’s approach and its journey towards sustainability in daily journals and news updates. By putting a little effort, we can pay our contribution in our natural environmental sustainability.

How You Can Save Environment from Waste Clothes

How You Can Save Environment from Waste Clothes

The fashion industry is swinging on its full pace. Since clothing is a vital part of human’s life and became the eighth largest segment in day-to-day household spending. The big players are constantly launching new and stylish trends with highly competitive prices. Although it sounds good to follow the fast paced fashion trends with comparatively cheap prices. But it is creating a sheer load on our environment in shape of textile waste. The clothing consumption has significantly increased for last 03 decades. And according to Greenpeace study, today we buy 60% more clothing than we did 15 years ago. The fast fashion trend and our crazy buying behavior are polluting our environment desperately. Unfortunately, the fashion industry was estimated the second largest waste producer after Oil and Gas.

According to “The Atlantic”, the average North American consumer buys 64 items of clothes per anum. It means, an average consumer buys 1.2 garments per weak. And he/she creates 82 pounds of unwanted clothes per anum for the environment.  On the other hand, as per Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs data, it is estimated that 1,130,000 tons of clothing was purchased in UK in 2016. And this was almost 180,000 tons higher than year 2012. And as per the research findings, the average clothing life in UK is around 3.3 years. Whereas, the other research shows that it is only 2.2 years and then it discarded or donated. For the last ten years, the turnover of waste clothes in UK has been significantly increased.

Brands Efforts Toward Waste Clothes:

Since the contribution of fashion industry towards environment pollution is increasing day by day. So, the joint efforts are being carried out by the big players to sustain the environment. The below you will see the story of some brands from the them:

H&M:

The big chain H&M launched its Conscious Collection which is made with recycled material. Not only this, the Garment Collection (Year-2013) range was also made with recycled material. As per company’s announcement, you can drop your old clothes/home textiles of any brand to our local store. We will recycle it and give it new life. Up-till now, the company claimed that they have collected 32000 tons waste garments to give them a new life. Moreover in 2017, H&M offered $5.8 million to Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel to develop such chemical technology which recycle blended textile.

Sainsbury:

The famous retailer Sainsbury in collaboration with Oxfam, trying to urges its customers to donate unwanted clothes to its collection points. But as of now, the overall result regarding donation is not as good as expected. As per UK research findings, around 49% respondents don’t donate clothes because they are worn out or dirty. Whereas, 16% respondents don’t have enough time to sort out old clothes or visit collection center for donation. And 6% respondents don’t know this thing that the clothes can be recycled.

Levi & Strauss:

The same thing Levi’s did in 2016, it has partnered with EVRNU and created first sustainable jeans. This jean was made with 05 discarded T-shirt’s renewed fiber. And this “511” jeans was not only use waste clothes but also use 98% less water than virgin cotton products.

Inditex:

The Spanish brand Inditex is teaming up with Lenzing for its 2016-2020 environment strategy plan. The Lenzing recycles its off cuts into cotton Lyocell mix. This project will start with 500 tons of textile waste and with an aim to uplift it around 3000 tons within few years. As per company’s statement, they will provide enough fabric to Lenzing to produce 48 million garments. Moreover, they are collaborating with local charity Cáritas, now they are planning to install 1500-2000 garments collection bins in Spain’s major hubs.

Keeping in view the current consumer’s buying trend and behavior and it’s directly effect on environment. We need to restrict our buying behavior and extend the garment’s wearing life. If we add nine months in current life then we can definitely reduce environmental impact around 20-30%. While buying a new cloth, we need to see this whether we could use the same around 30 times? If no then leave this item. And for this, always buy quality garments and don’t prefer quantity over quality. And last but not least, Donate, Donate and Donate. As this is the only way, we could play a healthy and positive contribution towards our environment.

How Clothes Can Protect You from Ultraviolet Radiation

How Clothes Can Protect You from Ultraviolet Radiation

The cases of skin cancer are increasing in all over the world. Especially in UK, the figure of new patients is increasing significantly in every coming year. Over 80% of all types of skin cancer are caused by over exposure to UVR (Ultraviolet Radiation) of Sun. So, the experts are already trying to find the best solution or prevention to get out from this situation. And as of now, they found that clothes are the best and easy way to prevent ultraviolet radiation affect to human body.  This is why the customer’s demand toward UV protecting clothes has significantly increased.

The textile experts are doing a lot towards the functionality and over all look of the UV protecting clothes. Initially, the cloth’s appearance (darker) and especially the comfort level was not as good as it should be. But with the passage of time, the look and comfort level has significantly improved. The clothes which are UV protecting are normally called UPF labeled clothing. And now you can find a variety of garments in casual, athletic and sportswear category in the market. Due to increasing customer’s awareness, the demand and variety/functions (a part from UVF) of such clothes is significantly increasing.

Ultraviolet Radiation Protection:

In 1996, Australia has highlighted and standardized the concept of UPF (ultra-protection factor). It means how UPF based clothes can give a shield against the sun’s ultraviolet rays. The ultraviolet radiation protection level varies in different fabrics. It’s level normally based on fabric construction, weight and color. For example, if a top labeled with UPF of 50, it means it allows only 1/50th of the Sun’s UV rays to your body. So, we can say it’s giving excellent protection from Sun’s UV rays. On the other hand, a white thin top allows 1/5th of the Sun’s UV rays to the body. Which means your body is badly effecting by the Sun’s UV radiations. Moreover, if the same white top is wet due to sweating then it will absorb even more UV radiation.

It’s really difficult to assess UVF protection through hand feel or naked eye that how much a cloth can protect you from UV radiations. Although you can see that how much light is passing through the cloth yet you can’t judge the UV radiation passing quantity. So for this, UPF system was introduce which determine the criteria of assessment. And the same system is working all over the world including the US (The ASTM International). The UV labeled clothing means that fabric has been tested in a standardized laboratory. And consumer can gain the narrated benefits of UV protection.

Ultraviolet Radiation Protection Cheap Alternatives:

Since the skin cancer patient’s numbers are increasing significantly so everyone should wear UPF labeled clothing. As these clothes are a bit expensive than daily routine wearing and not available on every store. So, is it necessary to get the same in any case? The answer is “NO”. As per studies in Australia, the clothes which are composite with Lycra/Elastane have more than UPFs of 50. The denim and corduroy clothing are one of those clothes which have higher protection from ultraviolet radiation. Moreover, the fabrics which are more dense in making (tight weave or knit), can protect you better from UV radiations. But it’s not necessary that every dense fabric can give you better protection. As composition of the fabric is also matter a lot.

Normally, the clothes are made in different fibers like cotton, polyester, wool and nylon etc. Some fibers have more ability to stop/reduce the ultraviolet radiation. For example, the fibers like Lycra, Polyester, Nylon and Acrylic are more protective towards UV protection. So, the clothes which have said fibers can protect you better from rays. On the other hand, a dense cotton cloth normally absorbs much UV radiation. Whereas, the shiny thin rayon fabrics normally reflects more UV and absorb less.  So, you have a range of options and characteristics of the fabric’s fibers. Now you have the choice here to select any option protect yourself from unseen rays.

If You Love Environment, You’ll Love Transparency

If You Love Environment, You’ll Love Transparency

The sustainable fashion approach introduced in late 1980s and early 1990s by famous companies named Patagonia and ESPRIT. Although the focus of both companies regarding sustainability is different yet the motive was just to save environment. Today, the fashion world is emphasizing on one word which is “transparency”. Each and every big brand is focusing on the same and trying to transform its processes accordingly. As per the recent research, more than 100 big fashion brands which belong to 42 companies are now publishing their supplier’s list. The brand’s commitment towards transparency in last 18 months is really substantial.

Environment Friendly Initiatives:

The revolutionary trend noticed by 40 famous fashion brands in 2016. And out of which, 05 brands publicize their manufacturers list and 02 of them also publicize their fabric, yarn suppliers. Not only this, these 106 brands have already publicized some of their production or processing facilities. Here is a slight overview on the efforts of the giants towards environment sustainability:

Tesco:

The UK’s largest retailer Tesco has already released its complete supplier’s list. Not only this, they are also working really hard to eliminate all the hazardous chemicals from its brand named F&F. They are trying their level best to conform and strictly follow the “Greenpeace” campaign for better environment.

Marks & Spencer:

The UK famous brand and retailer launch a system which enables their products to conform the required sustainability process. And this system will be fully operational till 2019 which permits their clients to identify their sustainable products easily. And till 2025, they have plan to publicize their product sustainability report for their clients and general public.

ASOS:

The British brand ASOS management is focusing on water pollution as well as recycling issue.  As per company’s target, they will reduce carbon, water and waste footprint of ASOS clothing by 2020. For water and recycling issue, they are closely working with their suppliers, organizing ethical programs and establish ethical trade partnerships. Along with that, they are among those signatories (Bestseller, Eileen Fisher and Marks & Spencer) who sign a public pledge which explain a circular strategy for setting sustainability targets for 2020.

Wrangler:

An American fashion brand’s effort towards environment sustainability is tremendous. After saving 03 billion liters water from denim washing, now they will support US farmers through pilot program. As per their announcement in Detroit conference, this program will support the farmers to improve the sustainable growing exercises.

Levi & Strauss:

The Levi’s is making infinite efforts towards sustainability of natural resources. The co.’s recent investment of US$ 350,000 shows the management dedication and commitment towards sustainable apparel industry. They work extensively with their collaborators on different sustainable apparel industry projects. And these projects include, waste-water treatment solution, less water consuming products and expanding the natural indigo dyeing facility.

VF Corporation:

VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, recently released its Animal Derived Materials (ADM) policy. As per the policy, its brands (Lee, The North Face and Timberland) will no longer use fur, angora or exotic leather in their products. As per Letitia Webster, VF’s Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability, “VF believes that all animals within the global commercial supply chain should be treated with care and respect,” As per co.’s recent partnership with Humane Society International that outlines which animal materials are prohibited. It also set a formal guideline for the procurement and use of approved materials by the company’s brands and global supply chain partners.

Aldi, Lidle & Others:

The recent research study by “Greenpeace” verified the commitment of German chain stores towards hazardous chemical free environment. As per the report, the big chain stores, Aldi, Lidl, Rewe, Penny, Kaufland, and Tchibo are meeting their targets for treating and removing the potentially hazardous chemicals. And as per “Greenpeace”, there is still lot of work yet to be done for this cause.

C&A:

The global famous retailer C&A already step up into transparency campaign. It has already disclosed the detail of its +2000 manufacturing suppliers which are located in more than 40 countries. This information includes factory’s name (tier1 & tier2 production units), addresses, number of workers and main product category. This new report is now online for its customers and general public. This is an enormous step of fashion giant towards transparency and sustainability cause.

Hugo Boss:

As per ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) announcement, April 26, 2017, seven new entries into its program, including premium fashion brand Hugo Boss.  Hugo Boss and the other new six entries, commit to work collaboratively on the development and implementation of ZDHC tools. And these include: a Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)Chemical Guidance Sheets and Wastewater GuidelinesHugo Boss enters ZDHC as signatory brand contributor. So, as per its membership, the company is forecasting a great control on production/supply chain process for betterment of environment.

Bestseller:

The Danish apparel retailer is also the part of sustainable textile community which publicizes their supplier information to general public. As per company, more than 35% of their cotton comes from more sustainable sources.  And they continuously work to integrate regenerated or responsibly sourced fibers in their products. This August, 2017, they are partnering with UNLEASH to bring together 1,000 global talents to solve the world’s most pressing problems. The hiring of 11 talents which represents Bestseller at UNLEASH, will find out more ways that how Bestseller can play role in global issues.

Filippa K:

Swedish apparel brand Filippa K is teaming up new two year project with Mistra Future Fashion. As per the project, they will research, develop and test new designs for 100% circular fashion garments. This project is leading by Professor Rebecca Earley and Dr Kate Goldsworthy of University of the Arts London. The aim of the initiative is to help consumers become more sustainable about fashion.  “We want to be able to enjoy fashion and update our wardrobes in a conscious way,” said Elin Larsson, sustainability director Filippa K.

Why Water Pollution is More Critical Than You Think

 Why Water Pollution is More Critical Than You Think

Water is life and it’s a main driving force for all living creatures of our planet. As per Slovakian proverb, “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine”. We as human beings are the solely responsible for the pollution of this precious natural resource. Scientists are continuously discovering the reasons of water pollution. And as per their findings, one of the main reason of water pollution is our industries and especially the textile and clothing industry. No doubt the textile and clothing sector is catering the basic needs of the human beings. But on the other hand, it is also the main cause of water pollution and shortage.

As most of the industrial processing operations are totally depend upon water. The world’s environment organizations are really concerned about environment as well as water pollution issue. Now, they are working together to find out the ways for pollution free world.

Water Pollution in Textile & Clothing:

As mentioned earlier the textile and clothing industry is major entity of water consumption and pollution. The whole fabric making (De-sizing, Scouring, Bleaching and Mercerizing) and garment manufacturing (denim/non-woven laundry) process requires the plenty of water. And the water discharge from fabric and garment making process has full of hazardous chemical and metals.

Although there are ways to treat the water for reusable yet the treatment solution is a bit costly. And most of the small and medium mills avoid to install such pricey treatment plant into their production facility. So, when the untreated water of the mills dilutes into our rivers and lakes then it causes the sever health and environment issues.

Fashion Industry Trends:

The other studies show that the “micro-plastic” is a major component of synthetic clothing which is polluting our water. And it is worse than already banned plastic “microbeads” from cosmetics. And one more recent studies proves “microfibers” from synthetic clothing pollute water even worse than “micro-plastics”.

As per the recent research study of International Union for Conservation of Nature, the micro plastics contribute up to 31% in ocean’s annual pollution. And almost two third of this pollution derive from synthetic textile and car’s tyres. And other than industrial processing; these micro-plastics also enter into the water in everyday home wash and driving. As per study, a new fleece jacket release 1.7 grams of microfibers on each home wash. And polluting content quantity would be double in case of old jacket. This polluted water with microfibers (which is more harmful than micro plastics) directly affect the sea world. These microfibers absorb chemicals and penetrate into animal tissues in a high quantity.

The pollution rate of micro-plastic and microfibers varies country to country. As per recent research on fishes of Indonesia and America, the Indonesian fish was more contaminated with plastic whereas the American fish was infected with microfibers. In few countries car’s tyres causes the main pollution of micro plastics. Whereas, in other continents, synthetic textile is the main reason of micro-plastic pollution.

Water Saving Measures:

Keeping in view the present scenario, we should be more careful about the main causes of microfibers and micro-plastics pollution. And for this, we should make such clothes which uses high quality of natural fibers. We should change our washing instruments by adding washing bag and filters so that it can stop the debris and other fabric fibers.

For industrial processing, the Control Union (CU) issued new standard named Global Recycle Standard (GRS) for wastewater and chemicals. As per the standards, the wastewater treatment and chemical (sustainable chemical) usage should be in accordance with GOTS and Oekotex 100 standards.  The certification and installation cost of water treatment plant is high so small business normally owners avoid to do this. So, here the Govt. should take some productive measures and combine the industrial units at one place. In this way, they can share the combine water treatment plant and other mutual benefits for cost savings. Furthermore, the Govt. should take measures to promote the “World Water Day” (22nd March) theme (“Why Waste Water”). So, that everyone should know the importance of this valuable natural resource.

How Wearable Technology Supports Fashion & Health Sector

How Wearable Technology Supports Fashion & Health Sector

The growing usage of wearable technology is transforming the pattern of people’s life.  And now its application in fashion industry is revolutionizing the whole industry’s trends and objectives. As per Allied Market Research, in year 2015, the wearable market was valued US$ 19.6 billion. And till year 2022, it is expected to grow around US$57.5 billion (with a compound growth 16.2% annually).  Whereas, the growth rate of smart wearable textile is 40% annually and with a prediction of US$2.5 billion by year 2021.

The usage of sensors, heating elements or even battery charging devices in wearables is a normal example in smart textile. The military, hospitals and sports wears are the best potential segments for such kind of smart wearable. And by adding such gadgets, you can check the heart rate, breathing, skin temperature, perspiration level etc.

Wearable Technology Health Gains:

As discussed earlier, the usage of the wearable gadgets contributing a lot in the health sector. By applying these wearables you can get better results of patient treatment with physical injury and functional disabilities. And not only this, you can also avoid injury for patients at risk. Moreover, with the help of muscle and motion sensors, you can get useful data of the patient’s biomechanics. And this will be helpful for the health experts to advice better prescription.

As far as the affects of these gadgets on human health is concern, this thing already under consideration of the tech experts. So, the frequencies levels are in between 450MHZ and 2700 MHZ. Whereas, the power levels are 0.1 Watts and 2 Watts (which are safe for human health and body).

World’s Efforts Towards Wearable Technology:

Since the R&D work is going in recent phase so the quality parameters are considered on top priority basis. So, the quality of smart wearable textile is especially develop on high performance features and standards.  As per the Vice-President of Intertek Testing Services, ” all wearable technology had to be carefully tested to ensure it met strict manufacturing requirements”. Anyhow, the research and development teams are striving their best to launch such technologies which are best both for human and the world’s environment. And for this, a lot of projects are already in queue from the different nations of the world (See our other article named Wearable Technology and E-Textile)

Why Sustainable Development of Chemicals is Important

 

Why Sustainable Development of Chemicals is Important

The word “sustainability” has changed the whole pattern of the textile processing. The human priorities and requirements are varying on every new day. There was time when they were just focusing on themselves. They had least concern about the environment issues and its challenges. But today, the scenario has totally changed and both consumer and industry people have more curious about the environmental sustainable development. They are more focusing on this thing that how industry chemicals can affect their lives as well as the environment. And here we can’t ignore the contribution of NGO’s, Government body and the famous industry players behind this positive approach.

The sustainable development has becomes a big question mark for every buyer as well as for consumer. And everyone is emphasizing the importance of the same in different words/terms like Toxicology, Ecology etc. The main motive is just to implement the core rules and regulations of the said system into their daily processing/manufacturing.

Chemicals Sustainable Development: 

Sustainability is a need of the current era and everybody in the industry has already realized this thing. So, all the big giants are already emphasizing on this and ask their vendors (suppliers) to get certificate which conform the sustainability requirements. There are different certification choices/steps available (like BLUESIGN, EU ECO LABEL,OEKO TEX, GOTS ,FAIR TRADE SA 8000 and water foot print , carbon footprint, energy footprint etc.) which conform the requirements of different major markets. Apart from brands and consumers, we cannot overlook the Government’s measures towards environment sustainable developments. The “China GB 18401-2010”, “Japan law 112”, “The consumer product safety Improvement Act”, “The toxic Substances control Act”, “Washington children’s Safe Products Act” and “California Proposition 65” are good examples of this thing.

On the other hand the chemical manufacturers are striving to produce such chemicals which are free from Azo Dyes, Solvents, Chlorinated Pesticides, Phenols, Heavy Metals, APEO/NPEO, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Phthalates, Organotin Compounds, Formaldehyde, Isocyanides etc. As the said carcinogenic ingredients are not only harmful for human health but also damage the ecosystems. The hazardous chemicals have directly cause the human skin (allergy), eyes problems (irritations), inhaling issues, nausea and respiratory issues. And if it doesn’t stop then it can cause some serious health hazards like cancer, fertility issues, mutagenic (changes the genetic material) and disorder of hormones. Moreover, the ocean life is also directly affect by these toxic chemicals and cause other major environmental issues like Deplation of DO, Eurtrophication, bio accumulative and increase of BOD/COD.

Our Responsibility:

The main brands (M&S, Asos, Levi Strauss, Nike, Kering and H&M) are already striving to align their supplies from certified vendors. Each brand has already set their goal for sustainability and bound their vendors to improve their processing/manufacturing facilities accordingly (See our other article on Sustainability in fashion industry). The increasing numbers of GOTS, ZDHC, BLUE SIGN, DTOX, LWG (leather) certified units  witness this thing that all the concern bodies are quite serious and aggressive on this productive cause.