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.
...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.
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 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.
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
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What is wrong with my legs?? If you have been riding, running, and or competing for any length of time you have surely asked yourself that question. I know I have about a million times! When I first started participating in triathlons (hard to believe it was nearly 22 years ago!) there was not the plethora of information and resources about training and nutrition that now proliferate the Internet. Truth be told there was barely an 'Internet' when I first started racing. Even with the enormous amount of information available today there may be times when you feel as I did about a year ago when I moved to the Atlanta, Georgia areas from Coastal Virginia. It was humbling to be sure. Having just arrived in the area I didn't know anyone to ride with. My now wife introduced me to one of her coworkers who is a triathlete and has numerous Ironman® events to her credit. We hit it off and decided to ride together one Sunday morning with a small group of her friends. Before I continue I need to tell you a bit about my cycling experience. While I started out in triathlon, it is on the bike that I really found nirvana. It is why I chose Lake Placid as my first Ironman race. The idea of riding for 112 miles in the profile bars for 112 miles, as you do in IM Florida for example, did not appeal to me at all (and still doesn't!) In addition to completing that race, I was fortunate to qualify for Team USA at the World Long Distance Duathlon Championship in 2012. For those of you who do not know Powerman Zofingen, the actual name of the race, is the world's toughest duathlon. One climb, Bodenburg, is particularly grueling as you see in the image below; and you have to climb it three times. So it was with a fair amount of pride that I arrived at her house that morning wearing my Team Ganja 'Smokin the Competition®' Cycling Jersey. I was ready to show these Atlantan's how to ride hills. Boy did I have another thing coming! Riding from her home early on an early November Sunday morning when there is almost no traffic (a rarity in this notoriously traffic congested city) I was able to keep pace with the group for the first five miles of gently rolling hills. It was when we turned off of the major thoroughfares that the situation quickly changed for me. I was feeling strong and positive as we started the first real climb of the day. My heart rate began to skyrocket however and my lack of aerobic capacity readily became apparent as I watched the group pulling away from me. This was a shock since I was typically the rider at the front looking back to see who was dropped! No matter how hard I pushed I kept losing ground. After the third or fourth hill of the day, I was in a daze. How could this be??? What is wrong with my legs? The rest of the ride was the same only the wait for me to join them at the top of the hill became longer for them. Returning home, I felt overall it was a good day. I needed to be brought down a few notches. Any time the ego becomes that elevated there will be a hard lesson. Analyzing my performance I decided I needed to work on three areas: Aerobic capacityWeight training for my glutes (that's where all of the power comes from)Fueling (I had only taken water on the ride) What lessons have learned from a ride that didn't go as planned?
You have arrived at Official Team Ganja Sports experience. Welcome! We are very excited you are here! To quote the Grateful Dead song, "what a long strange trip it's been." It has indeed. It's difficult to believe that the idea first germinated nearly 15 years ago. What began as somewhat of a lark has transformed and blossomed into the first eco-fashion sports apparel brand. Team Ganja Sports athletic wear is more than a eco-fashion clothing brand though, it is a movement. By being here you demonstrate your belief in a healthier you and healthier planet. We endeavor to assist you with your goals as well as help you connect with other like-minded individuals. While Team Ganja was forged in triathlon racing, our products and information are for everyone whether you are looking to lose weight, compete in your first race (of any type,) or stand on the podium. Dive in and stay a while, the water is great as they say. Team Ganja sports apparel is manufactured using materials and processes that produce no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities. And remember to sign up for our emails so you never miss out on member only discounts and special offers. We'll even thrown in special gift when you sign up. We value you input and feedback so if you have an idea for us or want us to launch a new product, shoot us an email using firstname.lastname@example.org THANK YOU!