This company makes leggings with biodegradable, compostable fabric

February 16, 2018 by  
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Have you ever heard the words ‘ biodegradable ‘ and ‘ compostable ‘ associated with activewear? Philadelphia-based fitness company Aqua Vida offers leggings and shorts made with Amni Soul Eco fabric that is 100 percent recyclable and reusable – and in an anaerobic landfill or compost heap, will decompose in under three years. Aqua Vida offers biodegradable leggings – created with Amni Soul Eco intelligent yarn from chemistry company Solvay . The polyamide yarn provides antibacterial benefits and UV protection, according to the company . Some other benefits: the clothing is lightweight, will far outlive cheaper fabrics, and includes intelligent moisture absorption, per Aqua Vida. The apparel is intended for yoga , surfing, working out in the gym, or other exercise activities. Related: Satva’s organic yoga-inspired clothing supports education for young girls in India Don’t worry about sweat – these biodegradable leggings won’t decompose while you’re moving in them. Instead, the fabric only begins to break down when it’s surrounded by bacteria in an anaerobic landfill or compost bin. Otherwise, its shelf life is as lengthy as that of traditional polyamides, according to Aqua Vida. The process to create the yarn is also sustainable – per Aqua Vida, the fabric “is produced in a closed cycle manufacturing system, a production process which collects and recycles scrap, wastewater, raw materials found in the water, and heat that is generated in some of the production phases.” Aqua Vida, which sells clothes and offers standup paddleboard yoga classes, highlights sustainability as one of their values on their website; they host ocean cleanups with the goal of removing 10,000 pounds of trash from waterways by 2020. With 16 cleanups behind them, they’ve removed 3,341 pounds of garbage so far. The company says for every dollar customers spend, they allocate one percent to local water conservation efforts, which includes their cleanups. Their Biodegradable Flow Legging costs $68; the Biodegradable Flow Shorts are $48. + Aqua Vida + Aqua Vida Eco-Friendly Fabrics Via Philadelphia Magazine Images via Aqua Vida and Aqua Vida Facebook

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This company makes leggings with biodegradable, compostable fabric

Your shampoo and deodorant are as bad for you as car exhaust

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That stuff you use to get ready in the morning? It could be as bad for your health and the planet as car pollution. A new study shows that half of the volatile organic compounds ( VOCs ) in our air come from products like shampoo, perfume, deodorant, as well as household products like paint, bleach and pesticides. Every time you wash your hair, paint your house, clean the toilet, put on deodorant or paint your nails, you are making the air quality in your home and city worse – not to mention the impact on your health. A new study published in Science shows that VOCs from household products has emerged as the “largest petrochemical source of urban organic emissions.” The study was done in Los Angeles, but researchers believe that the data can apply to other cities and suburbs as well. It may not seem like it, but this is partially good news. The reason that household products make up such a large part of the VOCs in the air is because we’ve reduced the amount of pollution in the air from cars. The bad news is that air pollution kills up to 29,000 people per year in the UK alone. Air pollution doesn’t discriminate between sources when it comes to harming your health. Related: 7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally Pound for pound, cleaning and grooming products actually have a more severe impact on the environment than those coming from cars. That’s because fuel is combusted more efficiently than household products; very little pollution makes it into the air compared to, say, a puff of perfume. “Volatile chemical products used in common solvents and personal care products are literally designed to evaporate. You wear perfume or use scented products so that you or your neighbour can enjoy the aroma. You don’t do this with gasoline,” the HuffPo UK summarized . As if that wasn’t enough to cause you to panic, a new study from Norwegian scientists shows that household cleaning products could be damaging our lungs as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Bottom line: as we push for cleaner cars, we also need to be focusing on cleaning up our household products. via Science News images via Deposit Photos ( 1 , 2 )

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