TODAY’S GREEN MANTRA: I wish to invest in my wardrobe, humanity and the planet on which I live. Therefore, when my jeans rip, I commit to getting them repaired, and when they need replacing, I commit to finding a sustainable solution.
It takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one pair of jeans. It then takes 10,855 litres of water to produce one pair of fast fashion jeans, and that water, if mixed with toxic dyes, harms the health of the planet and its inhabitants (including us!) Levi’s recently made a step forward in editing the jeans industry habits by 100,000 pairs of jeans with 100 percent recycled water which mean they saved 12 million litres of water in that production.
There are too many toxic petroleum based chemicals in the conventional dye used in jeans. This harms the health of the workers making your jeans, and eventually, harms your health as well, as you ingest the chemicals through your skin when you’re wearing them (your kids too). It also creates corrosive, environmentally unfriendly wastewater. There is, however, a plant based option called Indigo (cool story from NPR on indigo HERE) which has been used for centuries to colour fabrics blue. If you’re gonna buy new jeans, make sure they’re dyed naturally so your .
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[GET YOUR JEANS REPAIRED]
[BUY UPCYCLED JEANS]
jeans out there, but often the fit is a little off or too dated. RE/DONE takes Levi’s vintage denim apart at the seams and repurposes the fabric into new modern-fitting
jeans. “RE/DONE is a movement – a movement to restore individuality
to the luxury fashion space, a movement to keep heritage brands relevant, and a
movement to create sustainable fashion.” Quantities are limited and pairs are one-of-a-kind — sign up for their
newsletter to get early access to new styles.
a new sustainable fashion collection for Traidremade: ‘Rights of Massive’,
designed by Alex Noble. Founded in 2002, Traidremade launched to create
sustainable clothes using upcycling and customization techniques to keep
clothes from being thrown away. The Alex Noble collection includes a
hand-painted and bleached denim collection. Profits raised from the sale of
this collection will buy birth certificates for children of garment industry
workers in Bangladesh, meaning the children will be recognised as citizens and
can receive medical treatment and enroll in school.
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things about this brand is their lease
philosophy. From the site:
brand that dreams of a world in which there is no such thing as waste. What if
we all clean up our own mess? This simple thought led us to a new way of
thinking. Send your jeans back when you don’t wear them any longer. We reuse
all materials, while you can switch to a new pair. Returned jeans are upcycled
and transformed into one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Or, when they are beyond
repair, the jeans are recycled into new items. This is how we create our own
circle of denim products.
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West Wales. Their denim is made to last; it’s made from organic
cotton, triple stitched, with chain stitched hems, and unbleached
Prosperity Chain; an experiment to rethink how goods are produced and sold in a
way that benefits everyone and protects the environment. Read more about their unique, handmade,
traceable apparel here.
They have jeans, among other items, and the site is
incredibly interesting to peruse.
revolution as being the first brand to produce organic jeans, and we still are.
We want to be innovative in many ways, not only in our collections, but also on
a sustainable level. Embracing the principle of the recycling process and
aiming for a completely closed-loop collection. We’re happy to see that we
raised the bar for many companies around us and hope to inspire many more to
come. Read more about their corporate responsibility, sustainable concepts, and who makes their clothes.
women’s jeans with an emphasis on femininity and trends. Even if their
styles are trendy, their materials are long-lasting and sustainable. Most
of their products contain Tencel or Modal made from sustainability harvested
trees in a closed-loop process. They were pioneers of water-free and laser
technology, using techniques like ozone chambers and low compression
lasers to replicate the look of ‘washed’ jeans without water or
chemicals. Level 99 also works with TerraPass on carbon off-setting
the shipment of their product.
is informative, with sections like “How to Break-In a Pair of Dry
Jeans,” and encourages few washes, repair, reuse, and recycling. Select
Nudie Jeans stores around the world will repair your worn in Nudie Jeans for
free, or you can order a repair kit. Check out their detailed production
guide for information on producers, audits, materials, and transport.
I’m very impressed with the transparency of this brand and,
hallelujah, they come in larger and longer unisex sizes and fits.