Satya & Sustainability: Fabrics
This entry was posted on 11th August 2017.
In case you hadn't noticed, we're into yoga here at OHMME!
And we know that yoga is more than physical movements and shapes; it's a mindset. We appreciate the full moral reach of this practice, and the lessons yoga has taught us are woven into the heart of our company's ethics.
Admittedly, this isn't always straight forward: and can we really preach Santosha (contentment) and Aparigraha (non-grasping) and still hope that you want to buy our things?
Well, one yogi code of conduct that we can play by is Satya: truthfulness.
We want to be completely transparent with you - our customers; our community - about how and why we do what we do so that you can be fully informed in choosing to be part of OHMME, by wearing our clothes.
So here goes: welcome to the Satya & Sustainability Series blogs!
PART ONE - FABRICS (i)
Organic Cotton vs. Bamboo
- Bamboo fibre is breathable and contains a natural antimicrobial bio-agent, making the fabric antibacterial and odour resistant, without the use of harsh chemicals. No one likes harsh chemicals; not the environment and not your skin.
- Bamboo absorbs greenhouse gases during its life cycle.
- Bamboo uses three times LESS water to produce than cotton. (It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton; equivalent to a single T-shirt and pair of jeans!!)
- Bamboo grows quickly (it's the fastest growing plant on the planet,) and plentifully without pesticides. This makes it one of the most renewable fibres we could possibly use. Conventionally grown cotton uses more than 10% of the world’s pesticides and a quarter of the world’s insecticides, and, despite the attractive 'organic' tag on some cotton production (which would have you believe the stuff grows happily left alone, swaying in the chemical-free breeze) there are ongoing debates as to the types and amounts of pesticides and fertilisers that are still legally allowed to be used on these 'organic' crops.
- Different countries allow different things; in the US, low levels of synthetic pesticides still slip into the 'organic' bracket, and all allow the use of naturally-derived treatment agents. The latter might sound alright, but just because something is naturally derived doesn't necessarily mean it's good for the environment, or for human beings (like, y'know, arsenic!)
- In a study funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada, six different insecticides were analysed: four were synthetic and two organic; the organic ones turned out to be more toxic than their synthetic counterparts!
- Bamboo's moisture absorption properties are more efficient than those of cotton or microfibre. This, again, means we don't need to use chemical treatments or synthetic fibres to keep you fresh in practice, as it naturally draws sweat away from your skin wicking it into the weave of the fabric, where it can evaporate.
- Regenerated bamboo cellulose can be transformed into viscose, a soft and silky fibre that feels amazing to the touch and is great for people with skin allergies. At the end of its lifecycle bamboo viscose will biodegrade.
SO, for now, bamboo is our choice over organic cotton, moving forwards...
but we're keeping an eye on the state of cotton production and, if it starts to make sense to use it, we'll be open to the process.
Excessive consumption is never a good idea, we know that, so we'll keep putting the effort into creating products that last. May one pair of 2-Dogs see you through many, many movement practices so that we can begin to curb the worldwide demand for the excessive growth of any environmentally-wrenching crops.
Next week: Fabrics (ii) : Natural vs. Synthetic