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The days of faded synthetic fabrics are a thing of the past. Today's green movement has brought forth a new consciousness for how fibers are grown and manufactured. Organic cotton and natural fibers are replacing traditional fabrics and synthetic fibers.  Just as concern over the harmful effects of insecticides and pesticides in our food supply has given rise to the demand for organic produce and vegetables, concern over the high use of insecticides and pesticides in growing cotton and other natural fibers has given rise to demand for organic cottons and garments free of these and other poisons and carcinogens.

RECYCLED POLYESTER

Recycled Polyester is a polyester that has been manufactured by using previously used polyester items or even from recycled plastic bottles. The process used to make polyester from recycled plastic bottles is called rPet. rPet is an acronym for recycled polyethylene terephthalate, which is a thermoplastic polymer resin used in beverage and food containers. The resin is recycled and used to make a very soft and durable polyester made entirely from these recycled plastic containers. Project571 offers a unique t-shirt that is made from 50% rPet recycled polyester, and 50% organic cotton.

ORGANIC COTTON

Organic cotton is important for the future of our world.  Besides the quality-of-life benefits from organic cotton, the quality of clothing produced from organic cotton is also substantially higher.  Organic cotton plants produce longer-stable cotton fibers which yield stronger yarn and more durable fabrics.  Pesticide-free long-stable cotton also feels softer and more breathable and luxurious against the skin. One cotton plant requires more chemical treatment in the form of fertilizers and insecticide than any other crop grown, so growing organic cotton using natural nutrients an insect repellents is truly amazing.

The primary method of growing organic cotton and keeping it safe from insects and free from chemical based insecticides is through crop rotation. By rotating the growing of different crops from season to season on a specific piece of land keeps the insects that feed off cotton from settling in the soil. This change in crops grown keeps the insects off-balance, because the new plants are often not a compatible food source. Crop rotation also keeps the soil from burning out, due to growing the same crop season after season, allowing natural nutrients to regenerate.

HEMP

Hemp has many excellent properties and is being found more and more in quality garments.  Hemp is the most environmentally positive crop, actually improving the condition of the soil.  It requires no herbicides and is naturally resistant to insects, fungus, and other pests.  Hemp has been in use since 770 AD. Since that time, it has been used to make everything from rope to clothing, to paper. As a fabric, hemp filters UV light, so your skin is protected. It resists bacterial growth, so you won't smell, again, no guarantees about your personal habits, but we're not adding to the cause. Hemp has four times the strength of cotton so it won't weaken when washed. A step away from cotton, the drape and hang of hemp has been compared to linen. Like a baseball glove you've had for ten years, hemp fabric becomes softer with use. Hemp also absorbs moisture quickly, keeping your body dry. Being one of the most durable fibers on earth, hemp isn't going anywhere for a long time, except out of our narrow-minded country.

ORGANIC BAMBOO

Bamboo fabric is made from the fibers of bamboo grass, and is softer and more sustainable than cotton. Because it grows so fast - up to one foot every 24 hours - it is one of the most renewable resources on the planet. It also produces 30% more oxygen than a hard wood forest on the same amount of land. Used in everything from flooring and construction to bed sheets, bamboo is quickly becoming a popular choice for environmentally conscious people around the globe.

ORGANIC WOOL

Conventional wool is dipped in pesticides and then a chemical bath to remove lanolin. Luckily there's such a thing as organic wool from organic sheep farmers. Organic sheep farmers must maintain pastures without chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides, and sheep feed must be certified organic, sans antibiotics or hormones. Organic wool is a warm beautiful fabric and has natural anti-microbial properties. Another benefit of wool is that sheep re-grow wool at an incredible rate, up to 40 pounds a year each! Sheering sheep keeps them healthy and clean while providing plentiful wool for clothing. So no harm no foul

Are you aware that:

  • Conventionally grown cotton accounts for more than 25% of worldwide insecticide use and 10% of the pesticides.  Pesticides used on cotton are among the most hazardous. 
  • Children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults.  Millions of children in the US receive up to 35% of their estimated lifetime dose of some carcinogenic pesticides by age five through food, contaminated drinking water, household use, and pesticide drift.
  • It takes one pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to conventionally grow the three pounds of cotton needed to make a T-shirt and a pair of jeans.
  • The cotton t-shirt alone requires 1/3 pound of fertilizers. These chemicals often end up in water supplies and the food chain since many products have cotton seed oil in them and livestock are often fed with feed produced with parts of the cotton plant.
  • Farm workers working in conventionally grown cotton fields in the US and around the world suffer from an abundance of toxic exposures and related health problems.  Pesticides used on cotton cause acute poisonings and chronic illness to farm workers worldwide.  Acute respiratory symptoms and other health effects in communities surrounding cotton farms are correlated with high use of defoliation chemicals.

THE FACTS

Conventionally grown cotton accounts for more than 25% of worldwide insecticide use and 10% of the pesticides.  Pesticides used on cotton are among the most hazardous.

THE TRUTH ABOUT ORGANIC COTTON AND RECYCLED POLYESTER

 

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