What do textiles have to do with plastic?
quite a lot. 35% of the microplastics in our waters come from washing textiles. This makes textiles the largest source of microplastics (followed by car tires with 28%). Why is that so much? Because 70% of our textiles are made of plastic. With every wash, small plastic particles break out of the textile and end up in the waste water as microplastics. From there, the plastic is distributed in the environment and in us: each of us eats an average of one plastic credit card per week.
Well, shocked? We also. We are at the end of the food chain and the plastic ends up in us. unlucky, right?
Not quite. In principle, we can also produce textiles without plastic. The greenaDu products are an example of this. It's expensive because the plastic sewing threads, rubber bands, buttons, etc. are much more available and cheaper, but it works.
It's the same with many sustainable products. Technically it would work, but because it's more complex than just continuing as before, most people don't dare to do it. Here are a few checkpoints for you to assess how serious the manufacturer is about the plastic problem:
1. Is only the fabric plastic-free or the whole textile?
What about sewing thread, elastics, buttons, care label, packaging...?
2. What about biodegradability?
Does the product decompose but leave toxic soil behind? If you see a compostability seal, that's a good sign. Home composting is more demanding than industrial composting.
3. Does the manufacturer provide information on the individual components?
The sad truth is that most brands don't know enough about their products to provide information here. If you don't know what's in the textile, where and how it was made, you can't be transparent and design plastic-free products.
Are we afraid of being copied if we disclose all components?
No, on the contrary. We are happy about every brand that designs really plastic-free products instead of being a little less bad for the environment half-heartedly. This is about something that is more important than a few percent of sales more or less: the future of all our children.