A journey towards sustainability in fashion.
The environmental impacts of the fashion industry is something that is weighing on many of us these days. Many reports advise that the Fashion Industry is one of the biggest polluting industries in the world, and this doesn't feel great on the conscience when this is OUR industry.
How is it so bad? It's the production and distribution of the crops, fibres and garments that lead to all kinds of pollution in local freshwaters, the soil and air. Then add in the overproduction of fast fashion using synthetic fibres and how the wastage is managed, it's a scary situation all over the world.
Thankfully a number of our labels are REALLY WORKING HARD behind the scenes to create change and educate us all on the negatives and positives of the industry we love, and Arnhem are really moving on this!
MOVE TOWARDS RAW MATERIALS
THANK YOU NATURE & THANK YOU ARNHEM!
These fibres are made from plant material. Arnhem us TENCEL® (by Lenzing, Austria) which is a type of Lyocell. Using sustainable wood pulp, this production process is very eco friendly thanks to what is called a closed loop system where the solvents used to produce the fibres are used over and over again (99%).
For the wearer Lyocell is perfect for activewear due to its absorbency, it's softer than silk and even cooler than linen! Get on board!
The company Arnhem use for their production is Lenzing AG from Austria. Their Viscose is produced from sustainably sourced renewable wood pulp. The waste products used from production are reused or on-sold and not discarded into the environment.
For the wearer, Viscose absorbs moisture well and is pleasant on the skin.
Did you know it takes about 2,700 litres of water to make 1 cotton t-shirt? The environmental impacts of cotton production are horrendous. What was once the 4th largest lake in the world (Aral Sea, Central Asia) is almost gone due to cotton cultivation. This region has the highest rate of throat cancer in the world due to the pesticides in the air from cotton cultivation. Rainwater in a Brazilian cotton region contained 12 of 19 different pesticides from cotton cultivation.
This is why it's so important for us to consider Organic Cotton instead which uses less water, and grown using no GMO's, chemical fertilisers, pesticides or insecticides.
Arnhem also incorporates Linen into their collections. Made from the Flax plant, it is toxin free, uses less water than cotton and produced on land which is not suitable for other cultivation. It is strong and durable.
For the wearer, it is perfect for warm weather as it's highly absorbent and durable. Find out more about how to incorporate linen into your wardrobe here.
SUPPORTING NONPROFIT ORGANISATIONS
DEDICATION TO PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT
Arnhem are not only looking at ways to improve their footprint on our planet, they are also committed to supporting organisations who are dedicated to protecting our environment in which we live.
Greenfleet have planted more than 8.7 million native trees across 425 biodiverse forests in Australia and New Zealand since 1997! This is an amazing contribution to offset carbon emissions!
We can all do this! Established in Sydney in 2009, Take 3 encourage the community to help create a cleaner planet by collecting 3 pieces of rubbish when leaving the beach or waterways (or anywhere really!) Through their social presence and using their hashtag #take3forthesea has created amazing momentum for their cause.
This is Arnhem's local donation recipient. Based near Mullumbimby, Northern NSW, they are committed to re-establishing rainforest through planting, maintenance and restoration.
OUR NOTES TO YOU
We are so thankful that we have the opportunity to support labels such as Arnhem and their commitment to OUR environment.
We hope that you the customer, can understand that the processes of trial and error are huge. Not to mention costs of sampling and resampling, testing over and over again to reach a level of wear, comfort, price and longevity that you, the customer expects.
This is why now it's so important for us to support these labels, learn about the fabrics and processes they are using to understand why costs, feel, wear may change while moving forward to a better future in fashion.
Images via Arnhem