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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! Bamboo suppresses the growth of other plants (weeds) around it so it requires NO Herbicides. Bamboo is VERY hardy against pests and diseases so it requires ...


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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 the number of shoes you have to buy/throw away. We've been conditioned to believe that shoes "just wear out" after a couple of years by companies highly ...


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You can use old nylons as Stuffing for pillows/cushions Polishing or cleaning cloth (no worry that you'll make scratches, plus it's great for attracting dog and cat hair). Hanging storage to dry unions As a filter in a drainpipe (e.g. to keep any leaves out of your rain barrel) Protection cover for fruit (this one is not from personal experience, but I've ...


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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 of it used by the specialty paper's industry It allows cotton industry to do huge Economies of scale, making the size of the primary intrans and transportation ...


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I think there are textile recycling collection points in Germany. E.g. http://www.altkleider.net/. Maybe ask at your local city office for more information. Otherwise, composting is better than land-fill or burning, but recycling the fibres would turn out to be much more sustainable (just as for paper).


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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 in your curbside bin you can bring them to Far West Fibers recycling centers. So it seems worth checking with your local recycling center to see if they are ...


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I've used them as ties to fasten tomato bushes to trellises. They work pretty good for that. Curious to see what others come up with.


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I am a hand knitter who occasionally toys with buying a knitting machine. I have not used one personally, but I do know of the following forums with machine knitters who can help you find the right machine: Ravelry.com is an online knitting forum that most of the knitters I know use to find patterns and yarn and share work. It also has a machine knitting ...


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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 check production process, supplying chain and others. For sure you'll find "unethical clothes" MADE IN DENMARK and "ethical clothes" MADE IN CHINA.


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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 cite a single, unified source, but when I read independent test reports of a variety of products, price or the fact there's a recognised brand is a poor indicator ...


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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 are now ubiquitous; they are found in various foods and in 83% of drinking water samples around the world, including both tap and bottled water We don't know the ...


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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 is used for an extended amount of time, reducing the need for a new replacement garment. When renting clothing, customers don't want clothing that looks used or ...


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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. Organic Cotton is an perennial plant that is grown as an annual crop so requires effort and Energy every year to get the crop started. It also require a great deal ...


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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 course it is, but that's only because anything is possible. I think there are two ways of making bamboo fabric, sometimes called "bamboo rayon" and "bamboo ...


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I use old tights for jar covers while sprouting lentils - they provide enough air while not letting flies or pests in. If you brew kombucha or water kefir you could use tights for the same purpose (for first fermentation stage or if you don't care about carbonation).


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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 types of waterproof garments: modern outdoor clothing: Their ability to repel water comes from both a membrane system and a external waterproofing. The membrane ...


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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 textiles into the trash. Instead, make sure to put your synthetics in a fine-mesh bag (like the Guppyfriend*) when doing your washing. This will trap at least ...


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Along the lines of m.w.jacobsen's suggestion, if you've planted a new tree, they are great for tying the tree to stakes while its roots develop. They are also great for cleaning walls in your house, because they don't leave any lint behind.


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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 is no support. For example: leggings - comfort is great, softness is great but they are not "snappy". I am in fact amazed at how form fitting this fabric can ...


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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 textile form. If that is the kind of fleece you mean, then cotton probably more naturally fits into the original cycles of the earth's biosphere. Cotton may ...


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I just found yesterday a youtube video related to this topic (also in german). Of course the video is a kind of investigative journalism and maybe doesn't mention all important facts. But if this is the truth, all people who throw away their clothes in container of social organisations like the red cross in germany (also called Altkleidersammlung) should ...


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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 including zips, buttons, rivets etc. even the dust from the process, but I don't know if they do US. Also Rethink Recycling - maybe. But Swalco definitely is in US ...


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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 landfill. http://atrscorp.com/


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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 energy required for the process however might not make it profitable. Then again installed solar panels require subsidies to be viable.


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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 be rubbed directly on the cloth. Linseed oil will provide a much better and more permanent effect, but it is also very flammable. Jean-Paul Calderone brings ...


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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 microplastics. I've seen conflicting advice on the effects of soaking and whether we should prefer a cycle that uses a lot of water or a little. Save the ...


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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 box of recycling too! Everything is reused, repurposed or redistributed - nothing goes to waste. Every pound is diverted from our landfill and helps a local ...


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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 marketing to convince the gullible that say a Cadillac Escalade is more "prestigious" than the virtually identical Chevy Tahoe, but will it really last longer or ...


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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, or otherwise) of the added oils then you cannot be wasting detergent. You are using the same amount of detergent whether you add the essential oils or not. ...


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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 effect of bringing attention to ocean pollution. In fact, by presenting the products as a solution you might prevent a real solution to all plastic pollution (...


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