Below you will find a few diagrams containing information about certain synthetic fabrics, non-certified cotton as well as certified cotton so you are able to learn more about the fabrics that you wear every day.

The below research was carried out by the owner of the brand. Specific figures are sourced from The Textile Exchange Preferred Fiber Material Market Report 2019 and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Fossil Fuel Based Fabric

Made from

Coal

petroleum

air

water

Thousands of other chemicals

Harm to Human Health

Carcinogenic

Can cause skin cancer

Rashes, contact dermatitis 

Constant release of micro-plastics

51.5% of global fibre production 2019

=

55.1 million tonnes

Amount Produced Yearly

Polyester

Soft plastic/Non-biodegradable

400 micro-plastics released per 20 gram of fibre during 20 minutes of normal activity

Uses more than 70 million barrels of oil a year

Harm to the Environment

400 Micro-plastics released per gram of fibre during 20 minutes of wear

Soft plastic/non-degradable

Production method releases greenhouse gases

Toxic chemicals washed/dumped into waterways and rivers

Quality

Streamlined production method producing low quality fabric

Zero breathability

Traps moisture between the fibres

Harm to the Worker

Constant exposure to toxic chemicals causes neurological damage, cancer and other potentially fatal conditions

Farming Method

Farmers are free to choose what they grow although GMO seeds are banned

Soil is nurtured

Grown alongside food which feeds the farmers

Certified organic cotton is free of allergens, carcinogens and toxic chemicals

Impact on Human Health

0.68%~ of 24.4% cotton produced 2019

=

180,871 tonnes

Amount Produced Yearly

Certified Organic Cotton

Farming method locks C02 into the soil

94% less greenhouse gas emissions

Less energy and water use

Hazardous pesticides are banned

Impact on the Environment

Certification covers field to fashion meaning it is free of all toxic chemicals and produced in a sustainable and ethical way - this type of supply chain allows care, time and effort to go into production at every stage

Quality

Impact on the Farmer and Factory Worker

Farmers are able to grow food free of toxic chemicals

Regular inspection and strict social criteria and equal treatment means no forced labour and no child labour

No use of toxic dyes or chemical treatments

Farming Method

20,000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of cotton

GMO Seeds

4% of the worlds Pesticides and 10% insecticides used

Child labour

Uses 4% of all pesticides and 10% of pesticides in the world

Toxic dyes used during production

Harm to Human Health

24.4% of global fibre production 2019

=

26.1 million tonnes

Amount Produced Yearly

Non-certified Cotton

Harm to the Environment

43 Million tones of pesticide filled dust blown into the air every year

Pesticide filled rainfall in countries it is farmed

Causes drought - Aral Sea Basin dried up through cotton farming

Quality

Treated with chemicals and toxic dyes

Harm to the Farmer

Exposure to pesticides and insecticides

Farmed food contaminated

In many standard cotton farms workers are forced, with children as young as 5

Farming Method

Soil is nurtured

Fairtrade work alongside small farmers to adapt to the changing climate

GMO seeds are banned

Fairtrade cotton is free of allergens, carcinogens and toxic chemicals

Impact on Human Health

0.06% of 24.4% cotton produced 2018

=

16,906 tonnes

Amount Produced Yearly

Fair Trade Cotton

Fields in Western Africa and India are rain-fed

Work with the farmers to stop the usage of agrochemicals and excessive use of water

Impact on the Environment

Certification covers field to fashion meaning it is free of all toxic chemicals and produced in a sustainable and ethical way - this type of supply chain allows care, time and effort to go into production at every stage

Quality

Impact on the Farmer and Factory Worker

Standards are in place to protect health and safety, as well as stopping the use of forced labour

Fossil Fuel Based Fabric

Made from

Carbon based chemicals found in coal and petroleum

Harm to Human Health

Carcinogenic

Can cause skin cancer

Rashes, contact dermatitis 

Constant release of micro-plastics

Permanent chemical finish

5% of global fibre production 2019

=

5.35 million tonnes

Amount Produced Yearly

Nylon

Releases micro-plastics

Uses almost 70 million barrels of oil a year

Production method releases a gas 300 times more damaging than carbon dioxide

Harm to the Environment

Quality

Chemically treated to be wrinkle-free

Zero breathability

Traps moisture between the fibres

Harm to the Worker

Constant exposure to toxic chemicals causes neurological damage, cancer and other potentially fatal conditions