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Browse sustainability stories from O Ecotextiles. 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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  • How China’s ban on importing waste has impacted the world’s recycling systems April 2, 2019 6:15 pm
    This story was originally published by Yale Environment 360 (Katz, Cheryl, “Piling Up: How China’s Ban in Importing Waste has Stalled Global Recycling”, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, March 7, 2019).  We think it’s quite important so we’re reprinting it here: It has been a year since China jammed the works of recycling […]
  • Textile Industry and Climate Change February 26, 2019 8:00 am
    “I believe we stand at a turning point in history. For the first time, humans are no longer just affected by weather cycles, we are affecting those cycles—and suffering the consequences of doing so.” Patricia Espinosa,  UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Climate change is without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most pressing problems […]
  • Obesogens January 30, 2019 4:55 pm
    Researchers have come to a greater understanding of the multiple factors that influence obesity, which of course include our diet, but also our hormones, bio-individuality,  epigenetics and increasingly, the environment.  While lack of activity, poor diet, and genetics are frequently blamed for this problem, could there be other factors in the environment affecting our weight […]
  • FabricsellerA November 27, 2018 7:13 pm
    A company that sells fabric on line has a post about why they don’t offer Oeko-Tex certification.  Their post is woefully incorrect. We do not name the company, but call it FabricsellerA. Their post, titled,   Why Oeko-Tex certification is NOT Relevant to American Made Fabrics,  (the entirety of which you can read below at the end […]
  • What is the benefit of PLA? October 9, 2018 2:01 pm
    Much 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 pm
    Sensuede 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 pm
    We 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 pm
    Nicholas 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 pm
     Microfibers 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 pm
    This 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 […]