OEcotextiles

Indulgent yet responsible fabrics

Bamboo and the FTC

O Ecotextiles (and Two Sisters Ecotextiles)

“Bamboo” fabric has taken the world by storm – people love its luxurious softness, smooth hand and gentle drape,  and they also seem to love its eco credentials (as touted by those selling the fabric). It’s easy to tout bamboo (the plant) as eco friendly, because it is a wonderfully beneficial plant and just might …

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  Synthetic fibers are the most popular fibers in the world – it’s estimated that synthetics account for about 65% of world production versus 35% for natural fibers.[1] Most synthetic fibers (approximately 70%) are made from polyester, and the polyester most often used in textiles is polyethylene terephthalate (PET).   Used in a fabric, it’s most …

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Discussion of the energy used to produce cloth.

The questions is whether it’s a better choice to use inherently flame retardant fabrics such as AvoraFR rather than a natural fiber (like cotton) which has been doused with toxic FR chemicals.  The answer is complicated and like most in this emerging green area, there may be no “best” answer.  We think the answers may …

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About pre polluted children

O Ecotextiles (and Two Sisters Ecotextiles)

The Environmental Working Group has a new campaign, to gather support for the new Kid Safe Chemicals Act.  To understand what the fuss is all about, we’ve copied the page from the EWGs web site, below, but you can go to http://www.ewg.org/kidsafe and see what you can do to help.  There is a declaration you …

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What’s the greenest product?

O Ecotextiles (and Two Sisters Ecotextiles)

Did anybody see the Goyard canvas shopping tote for sale over the holidays?  It cost $1065, plus $310 if you wanted a triangular “recycle” symbol painted in gold.  The canvas was advertised as being “100% recyclable”.   Let’s not go into all the ramifications of that one product, but I want to use this example …

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The new Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Mt. Sinai Department of Community Health and Preventitive Medicine (www.childenvironment.org)  is looking into, as they say, a “whole host of diseases that come from toxic environments”,  including: asthma, autism, allergies, ADD and ADHD, leukemias, brain cancer and birth defects. The chemicals they focus on in the YouTube …

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Hi everyone, Very respected in the ‘green’ world, Sustainable Industries just posted a piece on O Ecotextiles online (it’ll be in their Feb. issue) – http://www.sustainableindustries.com/breakingnews/37482759.html.   I like this quote from Patty:  “U.S. mills are missing a giant opportunity,” [as] sustainable fabric processing “could be the saving grace of the U.S. textile industry.”   What other …

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