Your Cycling Kit Is An Environmental Disaster Did you know that the triathlon kit, cycling kit, race t-shirt, or other screen printed clothing you wear generates significant amounts of pollution to produce? 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. We do not want or need those in our water supply. Now you know why TG Sports Apparel was founded. We are disrupting the sports apparel industry from the ground up. From sourcing, the production, to shipping, and even how races are produced and managed. Read more about TG Sports Apparel and join the cause.
...without this horrible trend by an apparently narcissistic segment of our population, the pressure for the fashion industry to change would not be so prevalent.
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 TG Sports was founded. It isn't something we're trying to do with an existing brand. We live and breathe it every day. Our athletes deserve it and, more importantly, our planet requires it. Steven R. Herron, Founder, TG Sports 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.' TG Sports 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 TG Sports 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.
The TG Sports Commitment to You and The Environment TG Sports promise is to provide you with the highest quality, best performing, and most sustainable sports apparel possible. TG Sports' founders understand the commitment endurance athletes make to maintaining top conditioning for performance and health. Most triathletes, cyclists, duathletes, marathon and ultra-marathon runners, and other athletes closely monitor what they eat, exercise portion control (sometimes down to the miligram scale!) and hydrate with pure water. Team Ganja is committed to that same standard with respect to the environment and ecological preservation in addition to producing the highest quality racing gear available anywhere.
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 apparel: breathes very well, moisture absorbent, UV protect-ant, and anti-bacterial (especially important for performance apparel.)
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.
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. TG Sports manufactures sports 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
Eco-fashion sports apparel for the endurance athlete Team Ganja 'Smokin the Competition®' is an eco-fashion brand for athletes of all kinds and is committed to producing activewear that takes into account not only the environment, but the health of the consumers who will be wearing the clothes and the working conditions of the people involved with making the clothes. Team Ganja supports the sustainable apparel movement and adheres to or exceeds the guidelines and recommendations of all industry assciations. . Eco is short for ecology, or the study of interactions between organisms and their environment. Eco-fashion is any brand or line that attempts to minimize the impact on the environment, the health of the consumers, and the working conditions for the people that are making the clothes. Imagine organic cotton, durable, recyclable fabrics, plant-based dyes and a fair wage for the manufacturers and suppliers. The founders of Team Ganja 'Smokin the Competition®' are endurance athletes who understand the need for high quality, long-lasting jerseys, kits, socks, and other apparel that is also comfortable and reduces or eliminates chaffing. Team Ganja is a activewear clothing brand that delivers these qualities while sustaining the environment and respecting the rights of garment industry employees.
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