Jun 14, 2013
Did you know that the Lotus flower could be turned into a fiber to make an eco alternative for waterproof fabric? Not only is the lotus flower a symbol of the divine and purity in the continents of Asia; it can be found in all cultures in the continents from myths, religion, and medicine.
This sacred fabric has been used for centuries in Cambodia and Burma to make the robes for high-ranking Buddhist monks. The texture of this fabric is a blend of silk and linen. The best part of this fabric, it has almost zero waste, and any left over components are used to make lotus teas, infusion and flour. This fabric is naturally breathable, waterproof, wrinkle-free and STAIN RESISTANT!
Famous design houses like Loro Piana, are trying to import this fabric into Italy. Prices for this fabric are high, but it's increasing demand are starting to make this fabric become more affordable.
Jun 4, 2013
Jun 3, 2013
I'm working on some Modal Jersey's & Burnouts.
Feb 28, 2013
Did you know that Europe is only recycling 24% of it's textile waste?
"On average, Friends of the Earth says, 40 to 50 percent of waste textiles can be recycled into garments. For every ton of cotton T-shirts reused, the equivalent of 12 tons of carbon dioxide is saved." Many people don't realize that there are a lot of textile recyling programs out there.
Companies like Patagonia started the common threads initiative where you can actually drop off your used Patagonia clothing in a drop box in their store. Each peice of clothing will be recyled and broken down to be used into making a new piece of clothing.
Do your part and start recycling or upcyling your used clothing rather than dumping it into the garbage!
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 11, 2013
Dec 12, 2012
After reading such a sad article today regarding the toxic dye runoff into Mexico's rivers, I'm disappointed in Levi's. I thought they were an honest company that would stand up in making sure they were committed to restoring the environment and protecting our natural resources, but they are no better than any other jean manufacturer out there.
They state their values are to protect the environment, but yet Levi’s are directly linked to the use and discharge of hazardous chemicals into Mexican rivers.
“From the way we make our products to how we run the company, we’re committed to restoring the environment. Consumers expect this from us, employees demand it, and the planet requires it.”
Unfortunately, they are not living up to their promises to their customers, workers or the environment. These toxic chemicals are not only affecting the rivers, but are killing our eco system all the way out to the oceans. We are all negatively affected by toxic chemicals that are polluting and disrupting mother earth. This discharge runs 24 hours a day, and turns the rivers into toxic hormone disruptors that are passed on to the fish we eat and the water we drink. This madness has to stop, and apparel manufacturers have the power and the global responsibility to make postive change on how they manufacturer their products. Unfortunately, their greed has overshadowed their values.
It is possible for manufacturers to be environmentally conscience and still be profitable, but our mindset has to shift. Too many company's are pursuaded by, "cheap and fast fashion" that they are sacrficing the quality in their products.
On the other hand look at Patagonia. They are able to make quality products with out sacrificing the environment. They make all their products with 100% organic cotton, and their jeans are made in sweatshop free conditions. They hold true to their word, and donate 1% to the environment. They also allocate a percentage of their net sales to local environmental non-profits. I chose to support to Patagonia, because they do not hide their manufacturing facilities to the public, and they disclose all of their manufacturing information to the public. If only other companies would follow in their footsteps, the world would be a cleaner place.
For now, this leaves me with the right to stop shopping at Levi's until they clean up their act. It's our duty as customers to support clean manufacturing companies and shop at places that protect the environment.
Dec 6, 2012
Nov 2, 2012
The Amazon rainsforests are being taken over by big oil companies. They are not only trying to destroy the Amazon rainforests, but the indigenous people who have lived there for thousands of years in Ecuador. Unite your voice with others and take action now!
Oct 19, 2012
Here is a Western Tiger swallowtail that I took a picture from my backyard and thought I would share with you all. Did you know like many butterflies, the Western Tiger swallowtail drinks from mud, getting minerals as well as water!