OEcotextiles

Indulgent yet responsible fabrics

The more I learn about organic farming the more impressed I become with the dynamics of it all.   As Fritz Capra has said, we live in an interconnected and self-organizing universe of changing patterns and flowing energy. Everything has an intrinsic pattern which in turn is part of a greater pattern – and all of …

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Organic agriculture and climate change

O Ecotextiles (and Two Sisters Ecotextiles)

The debate over sustainable agriculture has gone beyond the health and environmental benefits that it could bring in place of conventional industrial agriculture. For one thing, conventional industrial agriculture is heavily dependent on oil, which is running out; and it is getting increasingly unproductive as the soil is eroded and depleted. Climate change will force …

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Elephants Among Us

O Ecotextiles (and Two Sisters Ecotextiles)

  Although most of the current focus on lightening our carbon footprint revolves around transportation and heating issues, the modest little fabric all around you turns out to be from an industry with a gigantic carbon footprint. The textile industry, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, is the 5th largest contributor to CO2 emissions …

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Discussion of the energy used to produce cloth.

I’m so glad you asked! From the previous post I hope I made it clear that natural fibers (whether organic or conventionally produced) have a lighter footprint than do synthetics – both in terms of emissions of greenhouse gasses and in terms of energy needed to manufacture the fibers.  And natural fibers have the added …

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carbon footprints…

O Ecotextiles (and Two Sisters Ecotextiles)

Please be aware that our suggestions are just starting points for you to consider when looking at a fabric, because actually calculating a carbon footprint is very complex and time consuming.  Peter Tydemers, who is an ecological economist at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, has warned that many of the energy calculators we see should …

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We’re starting a series of blogs on the carbon footprint of textiles.    Because it’s such a complex subject we’re breaking it into smaller portions, beginning with looking at the textile industry as a whole.   In other words, why the fuss over textiles? Fabrics, believe it or not, have a large carbon footprint.  In …

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Lots of people are concerned about the transportation costs of shipping fabric from China to the US, because they think the shipping contributes to an enormous carbon footprint of, say,  cotton fabric. The thinking goes that the homegrown variety (which doesn’t have the transportation burden) is far preferable because you save so much by not …

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