Sustainable clothes can be different. It’s not only about a specific kind of clothes. What about sports and other physical activities? Do you know who made your yoga pants?
Well, I don’t know who made mine, because I purchased them a long time ago, before I was thinking about this issue. But now that I have them I am going to use them as long as possible. And I love doing all kinds of physical activities. My favorite ones are yoga and running. I love to exercise to keep my body and mind in good shape and balanced.
Have you heard this phrase: “You have two homes, your body and our planet, so take good care of them”?
Many people do take care of their bodies, but what about our planet?
Luckily we have this kind of people who think about our planet firstly. I would like to introduce you today Sam Allsop, the founder of Origin X Performance, a sustainable and ethical sports clothing brand. Let’s ask Sam a few questions.
Do you remember why and when did you ask for the first time “who made my clothes?”
The first time I asked who made my clothes was about a year ago. I was out shopping for a t-shirt and jeans and realised all my clothes were made in Asia. This started to make me think, who makes my clothes? What goes into my clothes? I wonder if I can pick any of these garments up that are made closer to home or made paying the workers a fair wage. However, I was a little disappointed when I looked at all the bigger brands I used to shop, and I realised that their supply chains weren’t that ethical at all as well as their general business practices.
What did you think when you found out?
That’s when I said to myself that we can do better as a society and begin to source products that have less of a negative effect on our beautiful planet. I think sustainability is the biggest challenge for our planet today and it is time for smaller brands to make noise, customers to favour sustainability over bigger brands and hopefully, this will ultimately make them change the way bigger brands think.
Why is sustainable fashion/clothing important?
Sustainability is extremely important, especially slow sustainable fashion. Many consumers don’t know, but fast fashion is one of the most polluting industries on the planet. Most of our clothes only get worn up to 3 times before they get thrown away. It is up to the smaller brands to try and make a difference and hopefully, the bigger brands will follow.
Where your brand’s garments are made?
Our garments are made using mostly sustainable fabrics including organic cotton, recycled polyester and recycled plastic of ocean origin.
All our manufacturers have to comply with the high labour standards that we set out from the beginning before we work with them. We currently have two manufacturers, one located in Latvia and one is located in Bangladesh. Our Latvian manufacturer complies by the high labour standard set by the European Union.
All our clothing from Bangladesh comes with the organic textile standard label, meaning that they have to abide by the laws of the international labour organisation. Some of this legislation includes fair wages, health and safety standards, a set hour working day, holiday payment, sick days etc.
What about packaging?
Our packaging is 100% biodegradable and/or compostable. The reason we do this is that plastic causes an insane amount of pollution in the environment, and even if you can recycle the plastic, it tends to last up to 7 times before it becomes useless. We also did not see the point in making a sustainable brand with recycling plastic as you are still contributing to the problem. At Origin X Performance, we are proud to say that our packaging is 100% biodegradable and/or compostable.
The tags on the clothing are made from pulp. The pulp is a clean wood-based, renewable and biodegradable raw material. It is much better for the environment than card or paper.
Additionally, the jute twine (similar to string) that attaches the tags to the clothing is 100% natural, biodegradable and compostable. Jute fibres are composed primarily of the plant materials cellulose and lignin.
The self-sealing compostable poly mailer is made up of film that has been accredited to be ‘OK biobased’. It is produced out of annually renewable PLA derived from plant starches (corn/potato etc) and is fully biodegradable and compostable, breaking down to CO2 and H2O.
The biodegradable poly mailer bag is produced using resin. Resin is a viscous or solid substance of plant and is usually made up of natural organic compounds.
The A4 postage labels are biodegradable, compostable and recyclable. They are made from cane fibres and do not contain any silicone.
Let’s dream, how do you want the clothing industry to be in 100 years from now?
I think it is best to look towards the next 10- 15 years. This is because I believe that we need to make a great change in our everyday habits to help our planet recover. In terms of fast fashion, I would love the bigger brands to start being more transparent in their supply chain. In terms of consumer habits, I believe these need to change so we can put pressure on the bigger brands.
I pretty much agree with everything here. So let’s do physical activities to keep out bodies and mind in a good shape and let’s do it wearing sustainable and ethical clothes to take good care of our planet 🙂
And as a bonus a video about plastic recycle technology, enjoy! 🙂
Cover photo by Steve Carter on Unsplash, all the rest of the photos and the video in the post were kindly provided by Sam Allsop.