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Smart Consumers Are Rethinking Fast Fashion

SMART CONSUMER

The concept of ‘fast fashion’, a trend that surfaced almost 20 years ago, is one that we (both consumers and producers) should be paying more attention to.

Polyester has emerged as a leader in garment fabrics found in retail stores all over the world, used in almost 60% of new clothing found in stores. Polyester is relatively inexpensive and versatile, but not all that glitters is gold. There are some detrimental downsides to polyester that affect the environment, as well as the consumer:

  • There are approximately 21.3 million tons of polyester on retail shelves today, a 157% increase since 2000. That’s 42,600,000,000 pounds.
  • Producing enough fiber for a polyester t-shirt contributes more than twice the amount of CO2 than the equivalent amount of cotton.
  • Polyester decomposes at a much slower rate than cotton and other natural fibers.
  • Polyester retains more odors than cotton, which means it will need to be washed

What’s REALLY in Your Baby’s Diaper?

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What’s Really In Your Baby’s Diaper?

As a parent, your biggest concern is your child’s health. If your child is currently in diapers, the thought of “What’s really in my baby’s diaper?” has crossed your mind recently. The quest for researching ingredients can be overwhelming. But look no further, we have all the information summarized here for you.

First, we must break down the layers of your baby’s diaper:

Top sheet (or Inner Layer): The layer that sits directly on your baby’s skin

Absorbent core: The layer that absorbs the fluids

Waterproof outer shell: The outer materials of the actual diaper

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Labeled diaper via BabyGearLab

The two ingredients that are commonly present in most diapers are

Is Your Top Sheet Telling the Truth?

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In many feminine pad commercials, the main emphasis is always on the absorbent core, but there are other parts of the pad that deserve your attention. While a leak-free day is important, the outermost layer of the pad, also known as a top sheet, is touching one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Have you ever thought about what it’s made out of?

The truth is that many products you find on the shelf contain a top sheet constructed out of synthetic fibers. But just what is a synthetic fiber? In short, it’s a man-made textile developed using chemicals. What starts as plastic pellets is eventually broken down into thin strands and woven together to form the top sheet of your pad. While natural fibers like cotton inherently conduct moisture, synthetic fibers are oil-based and tend to trap moisture against the body. Goodbye, freshness!

THIS is the cotton you need to be using…

That’s right. 12,000 tampons! Did you also know that the FDA doesn’t require companies to list the ingredients they put in tampons? Turns out there’s some not so nice things lurking around in there.

For example, some tampon brands contain manufactured chemical pulps and it’s as gross as it sounds. This includes things like rayon, viscose, and lyocell. Not only is this not friendly to your body, it’s also not environmentally friendly. Rayon and viscose are byproduct of trees, which take much longer to regenerate than the cotton plant.

Cotton contains less chemicals, produces less waste, is much more renewable, and the preferred choice of many consumers, but how do you know which tampons contain cotton?

Simply look for the Purified Cotton symbol.

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When you see our symbol, you know that you’re getting 100% pure cotton that has been undergone the world’s most highly intensive proprietary