Slow fashion slows things down, works against the principle of throwing away and buying new and places a strong focus on longevity, quality and transparency. You can tell whether a piece of clothing has been produced sustainably by the material composition and sustainable textile seals, for example.
The difference between organic cotton and conventional cotton
It would be nice if it were that easy, but unfortunately just switching from polyester to conventional cotton is not enough.
There are big differences between certified organic cotton and conventional cotton. While organic cotton is currently one of the most sustainable materials on the market, conventional cotton has a devastating impact on the environment and living things.
The production of organic cotton uses 91% less water than that of conventional cotton.
In addition, the production of conventional cotton involves the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers unlimited possible. The chemicals soak into the soil and it is heavily polluted in the long term. 70% of plants can be genetically modified. And monocultures are not prohibited either - they leave unusable soil behind and reduce the diversity of flora and fauna. However, only the use of natural fertilizers and sustainable pest control is permitted for organic cotton.
The unlimited use of chemical agents in the production of conventional cotton also causes the air to contain and repeat toxins numerous people die, when they inhale the toxic toxins during their daily work. And it is not only the workers who are at high health risk from contact with conventional cotton. End consumers can also absorb toxins through their skin in the finished clothing.
In organic cotton production, on the other hand, there are strict guidelines and laws that prohibit the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. In addition, it is harvested here by hand. This ensures a very high quality of the fibers, which cannot be achieved with mechanical harvesting.
Conclusion: It is not too much to say that switching from conventional cotton to organic cotton can save lives. In addition, one defends the limited resources that the earth offers us by relying on sustainable cotton production. And as is the case with fruit - self-picked always tastes better - it is the same with the quality of organic cotton, because even that lasts longer and better.
In order to work as resource-efficiently as possible, recycled materials are increasingly being used. We also use recycled fabric fibres: Ours team sweat has a 33% recycled content and ours so Scarf is 100% recycled.
To give you a better idea of the recycling process, we have photographed the steps using our partner Valérius Group as an example. The pictures were taken during our last visit to the production facility in Portugal.
1) Fabric remnants from overproduction, for example, are stored together.
2) The leftover fabric is then fed into a shredder via a conveyor belt.
3) The employees always control the process.
4) The leftover fabric is then shredded smaller and pressed through a roller.
5) A large amount is now compressed. This provides the basis for further processing.
6) The dyed fabrics are washed in large tanks, processed into yarn and rolled up.
7) Now the yarn can be used for clothing production.