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Pros and cons of bamboo clothing compared to cotton?

Bamboo Pros Bamboo is a perennial grass. You don't need to put annual effort and energy into it's cultivation. You don't need to disturb the soil, so the soil ecosystem stays intact. NO Soil Erosion!...
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What is the most sustainable way to dispose of shoes?

The most sustainable way to do anything is by following the three R's: Reduce, reuse, and recycle, and in that order. First, you want to find high-quality shoes that last a long time. This Reduces ...
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Why are hemp clothes so expensive?

Cotton industry produces hundreds of time more volume than the Hemp industry does. Cotton: world production estimate is about 25 million tonnes. Hemp: approximately 37000-45000 tonnes fiber - most ...
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What is the most sustainable way to dispose of shoes?

Here is a helpful and more general listing for athletic shoes: http://www.recycledrunners.com Portland, OR also has a shoe recycling program for non-athletic shoes, although you cannot include them ...
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Are luxury goods more sustainable than supermarket brands?

No. Sometimes yes, but often enough no - so that looking at whether a brand is 'luxury' or 'supermarket' is not a good replacement for looking at the actual sustainability of the product. I can't ...
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Which country produces clothes in an ethical way?

Counties do not produce clothes, people do, companies do but not countries. My answer is if you want to buy ethical stuff (whatever it means) - buy local stuff where you can see people who made it and ...
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How bad are nylon and polyester clothing for the environment?

Summary: Nylon, acrylic and especially polyester clothing release lots of microplastics during laundry. For polyester a study found between 6 and 17,7 million microfibers per 5kg wash Microplastics ...
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Is garment rental all that sustainable?

A recent article suggests that garment rental isn't all that sustainable. Not surprisingly, the most sustainable garment is the one that is not produced at all or, on the flip side, the garment that ...
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Sustainably waterproofing a rain jacket

What you should consider when trying to refresh the waterrepellency of your garment is how the garment is constructed / was waterproofed originally and which materials were used. There are different ...
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Sustainability of different fabrics

The sustainability of fiber farming Cotton, Bamboo, and Hemp all depend heavily on the cultivation methods being used. That being said we can compare the function stacking ability of these crops. ...
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Would it be possible to process bamboo for fabric at home?

This question reminds me of Can I recycle plastics at home by melting and molding? Recycling paper at home in that it is asking if it is possible to do some industrialized process at home. Well, of ...
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What should I pick for sportswear if synthetics are bad (microplastics)?

Use a fine-mesh bag when washing your sportswear The first goal of sustainability is to reuse goods for as long as possible. Microplastics are a real concern, but we don't need to throw our synthetic ...
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Pros and cons of bamboo clothing compared to cotton?

From a wearing standpoint: Bamboo is extremely stretchy - if the garment you are looking at is made of bamboo, you need to consider if you are expecting any support; because from my experience there ...
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Sustainably waterproofing a rain jacket

Historically in the colonial era, cloth was waterproofed using a 1:1 mixture of boiled linseed oil and beeswax, heated so it would leech into the fibers. For more temporary use, beeswax can sometimes ...
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Is fleece clothing a cheap and sustainable alternative to conventional cotton?

Polar fleece cloth is Polyethylene terephthalate (C10H8O4) sometimes brand named Dacron. It is the same synthetic organic used to make plastic soda bottles, but it isn't generally recycled in its ...
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What is the most sustainable way to dispose of shoes?

I found this site whilst looking for shoe recycling in the UK. I've found European Recycling Company which is my preferred because they sort everything 400 hundred times!! and reuse everything ...
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What is the most sustainable way to dispose of shoes?

These folks are called the American Textile Recycling Service. They take shoes, and although I do not see them specify on the website what they do with them, they recycle/upcycle/keep them out of the ...
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What is the most sustainable way to dispose of shoes?

Well old shoes can be converted into gasoline by a process known as thermal depolymerisation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermal_depolymerization). In fact this is not a very complex process. The ...
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How long does it take for different types of textiles to decompose in a landfill?

You are correct that it does seem difficult to find information on this topic, but I found a couple resources which may be of use. From "Textile waste resource recovery: A case study of New York ...
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What should I pick for sportswear if synthetics are bad (microplastics)?

A couple of further suggestions, that don't involve buying new products (though a similar bag could be made from an old pillowcase): Use a gentle wash cycle, to reduce the agitation that releases ...
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What should I pick for sportswear if synthetics are bad (microplastics)?

The sustainability of synthetic fibers cannot be reduced to microplastic shedding. In general, polyester (and other synthetic fibers) use much less water during production, no pesticides and have ...
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What is the most sustainable way to dispose of shoes?

Good call mentioning American Textile Recycling Service in this answer. You can find convenient ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recycling drop offs in over 13 states nationwide. And it's easy to mail in a ...
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Are luxury goods more sustainable than supermarket brands?

Re "...the higher price of prestigious brands is usually dictated by costs such as craftsmanship, design and marketing...", I have to disagree, at least as a general rule. Perhaps more is spent on ...
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What to look for in a pair of sustainable shoes?

Main considerations: source of materials. Obviously more oil is a bad thing. This casts aspersions on any plastic too. Longevity. A shoe that lasts for 10 years is a 20 times the value of one ...
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Sustainably waterproofing a rain jacket

Lanolin, produced by sheep, has water repellent properties. It is relatively inexpensive and compact. Application is by rubbing or brushing so it doesn't have the waste associated with aerosols. ...
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Sustainably waterproofing a rain jacket

Google search for "wash-in waterproofing". Several are available; Nikwax TX being a popular brand which is at least water-based and PFC free. You use 50ml per garment (hand wash process) so you get ...
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Does adding essential oil to a wash waste detergent?

If you don't add additional detergent to your wash (nor do additional wash loads because you believe your cloths come out without being cleaned as well) to compensate for any effects (real, imagined, ...
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What is the real impact of the new Adidas collection made with recycled plastic bottles?

The biggest impact is that you will contribute to the problem of microplastic pollution. I cannot find any studies on this but I would think that this negative effect would outweigh the positive ...
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What are the concrete impacts of not recycling textile?

This is highly variable depending on the material. For example, if the textile is made from oil-based materials (i.e. plastics), disposing it improperly might accelerate the microplastics problem in ...
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