November 20, 2019 3 min read

Sustainability in the sportswear industry

The clothing and textile manufacturing industry have an intense environmental impact. Our clothes are usually originally from fields, sheep´s back or oil well and the process of turning the raw material from fiber to fabric uses huge amounts of water, chemicals, labor, and other processing resources.

No clothing brand is 100% sustainable but we at Weekendbee want to offer you the best possible solutions.

Clothing factory workers in India

Apparel and footwear industries currently account for 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, nearly as much as that of the whole European Union. By 2030, the climate impact of the apparel industry alone is forecast to nearly match today's total annual US greenhouse gas emissions, emitting 4.9 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Choosing recycled polyester, local or organic cotton or water-saving fibers like hemp will likely have a lower environmental impact. They also send a message to producers there is a demand for more eco-friendly products. To make a real environmental difference, actions like recycling, shift to renewable energy, more efficient processes, smarter design, and different consumption models by the consumers are crucial.

Recycled materials

Scrap fabric and disposed clothes are typically burned, which has a disastrous carbon impact on the environment and it is wasting a lot of already used resources. This is why sustainable clothing manufacturers commit using recycled materials like polyester, down, to decrease the environmental impact of the production. After using the clothing as long as it lasts, look for opportunities to recycle the item.

Cotton

Organic cotton

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic cotton farming does not use GM seeds, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, save a lot of water and build biologically diverse agriculture. An organic farm produces 94% fewer carbon emissions than conventional.

Responsible Down

Responsible Down

The Responsible Down Standard RSD or TDS are independent, voluntary global standards. The standards recognize and reward the best practices in animal welfare. Down is traced from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure that the birds that supply it are protected by the strongest animal welfare and consumer assurance standards. These include robust requirements in all areas of the birds’ lives, and especially protects against force-feeding and live-plucking.

PFC Free

PFC (perfluorocarbons) are chemicals that are used in technical garments to make them water repellent. PFC are chemicals that are released into the air when making and using a product. They are harmful to the environment and people. Read more about PFC´s here. All products at Weekendbee are PFC-free certified.

pfc free clothes

Care and repair

The longevity of clothing is the key to sustainable consumption. Focusing on quality fabric, manufacturing, design, and care makes clothes last longer. When making the purchase it's important to choose a good quality brand and design that you can see wearing for a long time. To assure a longer life for the carefully chosen products we recommend following the care recommendations of each brand. When needed, instead of replacing we recommend repair as often as possible.

Pure Waste t-shirt made in India

Responsible manufacturing

The sustainability theme includes also socially responsible manufacturing and commitment to creating a positive social impact on surrounding communities and stakeholders. This might include for example efforts on global poverty alleviation and giving grants to advance health, education, and livelihood initiatives around the world.

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