Your Clothing Is An Environmental Disaster Your clothing is killing you and the rest of our environment. Screen printed clothing generates significant amounts of pollution. In 1995, more than 41 million pounds of toxic compounds were transferred or released into the environment by the printing industry in the United States alone. And the problem has only gotten worse. Below is a list of the chemicals being released into the environment by the screen printing industry (all of these are petroleum based): Chemical Releases and transfers in millions of pounds Toluene 4.2 Methyl Ethyl Ketone 6.3 Glycol Ethers 0.4 Xylene 0.2 Methyl Isobutyl Ketone 0.6 Methanol 0.3 1,1,1-Trichloroethane 0.3 Ethylene Glycol 0.5 Dichloromethane 0.1 Source: EPS: Profile of the Textile Industry, EPA/310-R-97-009, September 1997 But what about water-based inks? Aren't they more eco-friendly? Hardly! An advantage often cited for water-based inks is that they do not require organic solvents when cleaning the presses. But there is a common misconception that because water can be used for cleaning screens, squeegees and tools, that the waste water can just be discharged into the sewer. However, the water-based ink is not just water. There are pigments, binders, thickeners, and sometimes, even co-solvents in the ink residue. Now you know why Team Ganja was founded. We are disrupting the apparel industry from the ground up. From sourcing, the production, to shipping. Read more about Team Ganja and join the cause.
What does sustainable clothing mean to you? While there is growing interest in sustainability issues within the clothing industry, currently there is no common definition of what sustainable fashion actually means. Producing sustainable clothing is the very foundation on which Team Ganja was founded. It isn't something we're trying to do with an existing brand. We live and breathe it every day. You deserve it and, more importantly, our planet requires it. Steven R. Herron, Founder, Team Ganja According to Green Strategy, "sustainable fashion can be defined as clothing, shoes and accessories that are manufactured, marketed and used in the most sustainable manner possible, taking into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects. In practice, this implies continuous work to improve all stages of the product’s life cycle, from design, raw material production, manufacturing, transport, storage, marketing and final sale, to use, reuse, repair, remake and recycling of the product and its components." While accurate it isn't easy to say in the proverbial 'elevator speech.' Team Ganja defines sustainable clothing as having the least amount of environmental impact while respecting the rights of the workers and the communities in which they work. What do think of that definition? Despite growing interest, there remains a strong undercurrent of negative perceptions attached to the apparel, footwear, and textile industry, fueledespecially in Europe and the US by negative media coverage around global value chains. For a notable number of consumers, the narrative of poor pay and conditions for workers is strongly embedded in the image ofthe industry. Thankfully, there is increasing awareness of the impacts associated with “fast,” “cheap” fashion – creating a surge in guilt attached to buying new clothes for some. Accordingly, it is the goal of Team Ganja to be completely transparent across the board in how we source, transport, manufacture, sell, and deliver our sustainable clothing to you, the customer. We further believe it is our mission to educate the public and act as a powerful voice in crafting public policy that ensures a clean and healthy environment.
Whether you are a climate change believer or denier, or somewhere in between, it is hard to argue that we, as Earth's most dominating species, need to be better at protecting our environment. The fashion industry in particular. Fashion production currently contributes 1.75 billion tonnes of CO2 emissions, one of the top greenhouse gasses responsible for climate change. Transport, which is often overlooked when calculating emissions within the industry, is estimated to generate around 106 million tonnes from sea freight alone (source: Common Objective, Sept. 26, 2019.) TG Sports is determined to disrupt the sports apparel industry specifically and the fashion industry globally as it relates to the environment, climate change, and human rights. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.– Margaret Mead TG Sports is the first sports apparel brand that was built to be sustainable from the ground up. Everything we do, everything we source, manufacture, and deliver to you is sustainable, ethical, and human rights focused first. We aren't just green washing. We are as passionate about protecting the environment as we are about the quality and performance of our sports apparel. Be a part of the revolution.
Hemp vs Cotton: An Objective View HEMP Porous & Breathable: hemp fibers are porous so they allow your skin to breathe. The fiber also softens with age while being mildew resistant. This makes hemp an excellent source for shirts, carpet, and towels.More Durable: hemp fiber is more durable and stronger than cotton. During WW2, hemp fiber was known to make the world’s strongest rope. Eco-friendly: Cotton is a water-intensive crop and uses 25% of the world’s pesticides – not a very Earth-friendly crop. Hemp requires 50% less water to grow than cotton and requires no use of pesticides. COTTON Some of the benefits of organic cotton clothing include better health for consumers and farmers, environmental conservation, and cost savings for farmers. These benefits have created a boom in the organic cotton clothing industry in the past few years. Parents are increasingly purchasing organic cotton baby clothes, diapers, and baby blankets. Both young and old consumers, and men as well as women, are switching to various products made from organic cotton such as jeans, pajamas, shirts, t-shirts, towels, bedding, mattresses, pillows, blankets, sheets, duvet covers, socks, bath robes, underwear, bras, bags, and other clothes made of organic cotton fabric and yarn.
People are actually dying to make your clothes. Seven years after a deadly fire claimed the lives of more than 250 people at a garment factory in Pakistan, workers continue to risk their lives in deathtrap workplaces, according to a new report. How does that make you feel? It doesn't have to be that way. Team Ganja manufactures apparel that is ethical, respects the rights of workers and improves their communities without using toxic chemicals or releasing toxic gases into the environment. You have a choice. What will you decide? Photo by Waldemar Brandt on Unsplash