Browse sustainability stories from O Ecotexiles. O Ecotextiles blog is maintained by two sisters – Patty and Leigh Ann – who regularly write about their experiences while working with cleaner production partners.
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- What is the benefit of PLA? October 9, 2018 2:01 pmMuch of this article came from the Smithsonian Magazine written by Elizabeth Royte – to whom we owe our gratitude. Near Blair, Nebraska is the largest lactic acid plant in the world. Into one end goes corn, and out the other comes white pellets, which some say is the future of plastic. The substance is […]
- What is Sensuede? July 17, 2018 8:43 pmSensuede is, according to its website, an elegant, supple, high performance textile made with recycled fibers. But Sensuede is not a fabric we’d be excited about selling, and let us tell you why: Sensuade is just a brand name for a polyester microfiber. Ultrasuede was the first of its type. But all microfibers are made in […]
- Why are “endocrine disruptors” a concern? June 19, 2018 3:10 pmWe published this in March, 2015, but it’s worth going over again. In 2012, Greenpeace analyzed a total of 141 items of clothing, and found high levels of phthalates in four of the garments and NPE’s in 89 garments – in quantities as high as 1,000 ppm – as well as a variety of other […]
- Nichlos Kristof gets it! April 24, 2018 7:00 pmNicholas Kristof had an editorial in the New York Times on February 25, 2018. This is a reproduction of his editorial: Our bodies are full of poisons from products we use every day. I know – I’ve had my urine tested for them. Surprised? So was I when I had my urine tested for these […]
- On Microfibers March 19, 2018 9:20 pmMicrofibers are, as the name implies, synthetic fibers that are far smaller in diameter than “typical fibers.” As an example, they are 100 times finer than a human hair, one-third of the diameter of cotton, one-fourth the diameter of wool, and one-half the diameter of silk. The measurement that is used for measuring such fibers […]
- Why does the Cape Town water crisis impact the textile industry? March 7, 2018 7:43 pmThis blog post was taken largely from Leon Kaye’s article in The Guardian newspaper. Day zero for the Cape Town water crisis is predicted to fall on May 11, 2018, according to an analysis of current usage patterns and dam levels. The drought-stricken city will have to cut off taps to all homes and most […]
- Chemicals used in textile products February 14, 2018 3:00 amNo parent would want toxic materials in their children’s clothing. Yet according to a new Greenpeace study, a range of hazardous chemicals is being used in the production of kids’ wear from top fashion brands. A frequent question about producing toxin-free clothing is whether it is economically feasible for textile companies to replace hazardous chemicals with […]
- Plastics recycling: you’re doing it wrong. And so is everybody else. February 6, 2018 8:30 pmIn August 2014, Russell Klein wrote an article which was published in TriplePundit; much of the information in this post was taken from that article. For the past 25 years, our modest national efforts to do-the-right-thing by recycling plastic products have suffered from widespread misunderstanding and even marketing disinformation. Don’t want to be part of the […]
- Politically motivated January 3, 2018 5:22 pmHappy 2018! I wish you all the best in the coming year. I have tried to keep politics out of our blog posts, but I couldn’t resist Nicholas Kristof recent op-ed piece in the New York Times of October 28, 2017. It strikes a cord, since we founded Two Sisters Ecotextiles and O Ecotextiles to […]
- Tips on how to avoid chemicals October 25, 2017 1:37 amWe are always being asked about how to avoid chemicals which can harm you, so we thought it would be good to put together a list of how to go about it. Considering all the potential sources of toxic chemicals, it’s virtually impossible to avoid all of them. However, you CAN limit your exposure by […]