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The Five Rs of Fashion

By Fredrica Syren: The clothing industry is the third largest polluter in the world and second in water use. Up to 2,000 different harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, chlorine, lead and mercury are used to produce textiles. Most of the chemicals are used for the dyeing process. The sad part is that …

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Zero Waste: Recycling Old Clothes

By Fredrica Syren: I think it’s safe to say that, when I get dressed in the morning or when I buy new clothes, I don’t think too much about what effect these clothes have on the environment. Don’t get me wrong: I really try to buy as many organic and …

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Denim Jeans Recycling

By Fredrica Syren: This last summer my husband had two of his denim Levis jeans rip and become unwearable. And my kids, well, they go through jeans as if they were being dragged on the ground all day long. Of course I try to patch and repair as best as I can to extend their life a wee bit longer, but ultimately the jeans’ days are numbered. Then the question …

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Recycling Linens, Sheets and Other Fabrics 

Emma Grace Fairchild: Replacing bed linens and towels is a necessary part of life, one that — with just a bit of effort — can be made with environmental awareness and sustainability. For many people, going green has an economic incentive; reusing, recycling and reducing your purchases often saves money! …

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EU Votes for Stricter Rules on Textile Chemical

By Fredrica Syren: It’s a huge victory for all environmental groups who have been fighting to have a dangerous chemical called Nonylphenol banned. In July, it was announced that EU had voted “yes” on this very important law regarding chemicals found in textiles. Nonylphenol is a toxic xenobiotic compound with …

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Sustainable Textile — Wool

By Larraine Roulston: In the textile industry, wool is a natural alternative to harmful chemicals used on other fibers. Wool from sheep and goats is used as a base material in clothes and is an integral part of many household products. Wool breathes and draws moisture into the core of …

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