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Plastic Patches

Plastic Garbage Patch As we are all well aware, plastic has become a major part of our daily lives over the past century. There are many different forms of plastic out there, and plastic is now used in nearly everything; from everyday food packaging to polymer implants and medical devices all the way to automobile parts and spacecraft’s. Over the years the use of plastic has increased immensely, but unfortunately the recycling of it is still poor. It takes about 500 years for plastics to decompose in landfills, but another problem also arises when plastics end up in our oceans, a whole 8 million metric tonnes of it, each year! This plastic waste that enters the sea each year can...

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A little about Industrial Hemp

A little about Hemp…  Hemp has been used in the “fashion industry” for centuries, in fact it was one of the first plants to be spun into usable fibres. Industrial hemp and cannabis both derive from the species Cannabis Sativa, meaning “useful hemp” and contain the psychoactive component THC. However, they are distinct species and industrial hemp contains lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol, which nearly eliminates its psychoactive effects.   As well as clothing and fabrics, fibres produced from hemp have also been used to produce ropes, shoes, household accessories, paper and even building materials. It was also commonly used to create sail canvas. Interestingly enough the word “canvas” is derived from the word Cannabis. It...

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Australia leads the game when it comes to organic cotton

Cotton fabric is made from yarn spun from the fibres of the cotton seedpod, called a boll. Most of the world's cotton is grown in India and China, usually on farms that rely heavily on pesticides, fertilisers and intensive irrigation. Growing 1 kilogram of non-organic cotton lint (the raw cotton fibre) uses about 2,120 litres of water from irrigation, according to Textile Exchange, a not-for-profit group promoting sustainable practices within the industry. Cotton is generally harvested by machine, then undergoes ginning, a mechanical process that removes the fibres from their seeds. These fluffy fibres are then subject to a series of processes, such as carding and combing, to smooth and refine them until they are ready to be spun into yarn....

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Talking Bamboo

Talking Bamboo   General facts Bamboo is considered one of the most sustainable resources in the world. It has many advantages, some of the main ones being it’s fast growing nature and its ability to grow in diverse environments. Bamboo belongs to the grass family and it can reach 35 meters tall (115ft), with some species growing over a meter a day. The bamboo species used to produce clothing is known as Moso bamboo. Bamboo also grows very densely, it has a clumping nature which enables a lot of it to be grown in a comparatively small area, easing pressure on land area. The average yield for bamboo is up to 60 tonnes per hectare, which greatly exceeds the average...

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Why our Fashion has a serious impact on the environment.

It’s difficult for many people to understand how their cloths can affect our planet. Every day we are faced with a barrage of tempting new clothing items and offers from the big high street shops. In front of these irresistible deals, most people won't even think twice when they buy their favourite Tee for under £5. But they can't imagine what impact their action has on the environment. The super cheap, celebrity style colourful fashion has come to be called Fast fashion in the last years. Simply because the way these clothes are made and offered to the public, resembles the fast food industry. Yet while many will think twice about eating these tasty but very unhealthy burgers from a fast food...

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