Make One Change: January 2019

Make One Change: January 2019 was to Become a Fabric Snob…

Many of us don’t realise that synthetic fabrics are actually petroleum products, another form of plastic. The consequences of these products include microfibres washing down the drain and in to the sea every time you wash them, toxic chemicals absorbing in to your skin as you wear them, hormone disruptions (don’t put them on your kids), and the fact that they are not biodegradable – they will be around for hundreds of years after you!

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I highly recommend this article on microplastic contamination… an except of which: "..Another huge unanswered question is how microplastics get into our water and food. A report from the UK’s Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management[7] says the biggest proportion are fibers shed by synthetic textiles and tire dust from roads, with more from the breakdown of waste plastics. It suggests the plastic being dumped on land in Europe alone each year is between four and 23 times the amount dumped into all the world’s oceans.." Full article: https://oecotextiles.wordpress.com/category/fibers/acrylic/ @oecotextiles @sciencedirect @zeroplastic Most Synthetic textiles are essentially plastic, which means HUGE amounts of chemicals in the creation and destruction of them, as well as ridiculous amounts of waste. AVOID: acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, polyester, spandex, and synthetic rayon… #makeonechangejan19

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Polyester is commonly used in active wear, so I thought I'd investigate it further. According to @goodonyou_app Polyester is "a common plastic with a wide application that includes and extends beyond the fashion industry. It ranks behind polyethylene (i.e. packaging and water bottles) and polypropylene (i.e. ropes, stationary and Australian bank notes) as the most commonly used plastic." Hmmm… Key points: • it is NOT biodegradable • it IS derived from petroleum • waste water from dying polyester pollutes the environment AND ARE TOXIC TO HUMANS! • polyester fibres are contributing to the current microplastic crisis.. they're polluting the ocean, finding their way in to fish, we eat the fish and presto! You've just licked a can of petroleum (yes, you'll get sick) Full article: https://goodonyou.eco/material-guide-polyester-2 #makeonechangejan18

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Reusing plastic is something, but it doesn't help the fact that every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists… at least it's useful, that's all! When buying shoes, look for natural fibre top and insole, and real rubber or leather sole. Rubber literally grows on trees, but most soles are plastic rubber nowadays. #Repost @woke_to_the_planet • • • • • Did you know Adidas uses 100% sustainable cotton in its products? 👟 . Adidas has set its own goals for 2020 and is committed to reducing its environmental impact on the planet 🌏 . It's great to see big companies stepping up and taking action! 👖 . #getwoketotheplanet . 📸 @enviro.care . Source: Adidas . #environment #nature #green #eco #sustainability #ecofriendly #vegan #earth #climatechange #photography #outdoors #plasticfree #sustainable #clothes #gogreen #recycle #travel #zerowaste #govegan #shoes #plastic #crueltyfree #photography #adidas #veganism #cleanouroceans #savetheplanet #vegansofinstagram #bhfyp

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Eco friendly shoes… #Repost @thewhiteribbon.berlin • • • • • Our Summer Collection’s first 12 stunning styles are now online. Among our new fresh summery colors, you’ll find Honey yellow, Raspberry pink, Cloudy blue, Apricot nude and more. Most of these styles come in limited edition, in small sets as they are made of reclaimed leather fabrics. Happy Mother’s day in Germany and May Sunday everywhere! . . . . . #summercollection #summershoes #balletflats #ballerinastyle #honeyyellow #cognacbrown #summercolors #bridalshoes #summerpumps #casualballetflats #shoelove #sundaylove #yellowshoes #weddingshoes #berlindesigner #berlinshowroom #handmadeshoes #reclaimedfabrics #sustainableshoes #ecoshoes #bohochic #bohochicstyle #thewhiteribbon #theweeknd #bhldn #brideshoes #twr

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I'm just touching on this because it's a minefield big enough to spend a month on! But have you thought about what your feminine hygiene and nappies are made of? We can be fabric snobs here too! Great article from @ecoriginals : https://www.ecoriginals.com.au/non-toxic-baby-guide-disposable-nappies-nappies-rate/ Disposable nappies; what to look for when choosing: Non-toxic ingredients. Chlorine Free: Chlorine is often used to bleach the paper liners and wood pulp in nappies. This process can leave traces of a toxic chemical called Dioxin in the nappy as well as releasing it into the environment during the bleaching process in manufacturing. Dioxins are carcinogens and are linked to many health problems. Fragrance free: Fragrances are frequently used in nappies to block odour. They often have endocrine disrupting phthalates in them which are linked to a whole host of negative health effects. Nappies with fragrance should definitely be avoided. Phthalate free and lotion free: Phthalates can also hide in lotions which can be used on the inner layer of the nappy. Either look for a nappy without lotion or make sure that they are phthalate free. Performance. It’s great to have something non-toxic, but if it’s hard, scratchy, leaks or doesn’t absorb well, it’s still not a product you want. Absorbency: It needs to actually work! Fit: One brand can’t necessarily offer a great fit for all shapes and sizes. Environmental impact. I've tagged some toxic free brands to help with your research. #makeonechangejan19

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A guide to ethical shopping (since we can't trust our government regulatory bodies to do it for us!): #Repost @thecleancollective • • • • • Need a guide for ethical shopping? @nowhereandeverywhere_ has put together this handy checklist (which we love! 💚): ✅ Who made this? Was child labour involved? ✅ Is it cheap? Why is it cheap? ✅ How many resources of the earth were used? ✅ Are those resources renewable? ✅ Where was it shipped from? ✅ Is this replacing a product I already own? ✅ Will this be something I need to maintain and clean? ✅ How long will it last? ✅ Will I be able to repair it when it needs fixing? ✅ How will I dispose of this when it's done? ✅ Is there another longer term solution? ✅ Could I borrow this from someone instead? ✅ Will this take up space? ✅ Does this bring me longer term happiness? ✅ Do I actually need this? Is it worth it? Choose well. Choose quality. Take care of the things you own, and the things you love. Make them last. At The Clean Collective, we’re connecting and inspiring a Collective of people with the savviest natural and eco solutions on the market, and we’re collectively supporting the environment with every purchase to make the earth a healthier place for future generations. We can #bethechange! Will you make a pledge for a better future in 2019 and beyond? Check out the link in our bio 👆 for more info on how you can get involved in #NextGenJan and be in with a chance of winning a $500 voucher for The Clean Collective! Gorgeous image by @brookearthstudio #ipledge #forthefuture #savetheplanet #savetheoceans #climatechange #ecofriendly #vegan #gogreen #sustainability #recycle #eco #earth

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Yes! Get a repost app and share what you're doing to make a difference! You'll inspire others, and they'll inspire others, until we turn this ship around! #Repost @easyecotips • • • • • Spread the word! It is the most powerful tip we could give you. Changing your habits is an important step, but helping people around you to open their eyes and realise that it is easy to change some simple things in their life will have the greatest impact of all. This one is not easy all the time, but so worthy! . #movethedate #eco #ecofriendly #ecotips #greentips #ecology #savetheplanet #ecofriendlyfashion #zerowaste #zerowasteliving #zerowastehome #zerowastelifestyle #zerowastelife #plasticfree #nomoreplastic #noplastic #noplasticbags #noplanetb #spreadtheword #ecology #changetheworld #greenworld #greenliving #sustainableliving #organiclife

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  1. […] down the tube on a daily basis and with abandon! An attempt to address micro plastics was made in January 2019, when we became fabric snobs! Synthetic fibers break off when you wash your synthetic clothes and […]

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