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Why this sweatshirt is a winner for my winter sustainable picks

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect sweatshirt when it comes to warm clothes. It’s one of those items that will give me a touch of masculinity, total comfort, and functionality. But then I also want to buy sustainably and to build a long-lasting wardrobe. So here I am choosing a Patagonia item from their new arrivals. This 95% recycled crew sweatshirt is made using 10.8 plastic bottles and 2.72 kg of cotton scrap, saving 0.54 m³ of water versus a conventional cotton sweatshirt. So 47.5% recycled cotton, 47.5%  recycled polyester, and 5% elastane fleece. It has the Fair Trade Certified™ and the fabric is certified as bluesign™.

credit for the pic Albert Carbó

Wondering what does it mean Fair Trade Certified™?

This means the product has been certified to comply with Fair Trade principles, which require producers and manufacturers to promote sustainable livelihood and safe working conditions for farmers and workers. In order to get this certificate, companies must meet a 200+ point checklist for rigorous certification criteria. As the organization affirms:¨In addition of promoting sustainable livelihoods and safe working conditions, Fair Trade standard also embrace environmental protection, supply chain transparency and community empowerment. For every Fair Trade Certificate product sold, farmers and workers earn additional money to invest in their communities.¨ Meaning that by buying this sweatshirt you also contribute to the community of farmers and workers that made it for you.  

And what about the bluesign® approved fabric?

Bluesign technologies, based in Switzerland, is an organization that develops, monitors, and implements solutions for sustainable textile production. The standard of this certificate is built around five principles: resource productivity, consumer safety, air emission, water emission and occupational health and safety. Any fabric you see that’s bluesign® approved offers the highest level of consumer safety by employing methods and materials in their manufacture that conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment.  

I believe buying sustainably is a matter of being aware of what this actually means, then is the decision to change some habits, and last, being provided with the option to shop sustainably. And right now, depending on where you’re living you have those options or you might have just a few. But we can try to make the change with what we have. And once you make the shift you can’t ever go back to the old way.

credit for the pic Albert Carbó

sources: www.patagonia.comwww.fairtradecertified.org 

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