Goat Organic Apparel supports human rights and sustainability

October 5, 2021 by  
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Traditional apparel production often comes at a cost to the  environment , as well as risk to the people making the products. Goat Organic Apparel has set out to change that with clothing that makes a bold statement in favor of human rights and ethical manufacturing. Goat Organic Apparel has a clear mission to partner with a production facility in Bangladesh that is part of the Fair Wear Foundation. This “People First” policy, as the company has dubbed it, ensures the safety and fair treatment of all the workers involved in the manufacturing process. This means providing fair wages, no slave labor, safe working conditions, reasonable work hours and no discrimination. Related: Archivist releases shirts made from recycled hotel sheets Goat Organic Apparel has a clear mission to partner with a production facility in Bangladesh that is part of the Fair Wear Foundation. This “People First” policy, as the company has dubbed it, ensures the safety and fair treatment of all the workers involved in the manufacturing process. This means providing fair wages, no slave labor, safe working conditions, reasonable work hours and no discrimination. Proudly transparent about the conditions under which its clothing is made, Goat recently launched a T-shirt where they placed the apparel tags on the outside of the garment. Lavinia Bakker, one of the founders of Goat, said, “This T-shirt is a cornerstone of our people-first standards. By placing our ‘Proudly made in Bangladesh’ on the outside, we want to show that we don’t have to hide where and how our clothes are made, we are proud of it. And we would like the wearer of the tee to be that as well. We dare you to find a high-street fashion label who, with a clear conscience, will do the same.” In addition to worker fairness and safety, Goat is dedicated to sustainable production. It uses 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, which provides for the health of the soil and ecosystem where the cotton is grown. In addition, production is free of toxic chemicals. Some sweaters produced by Goat are made using  recycled  polyester, which reduces the need for virgin materials made from petroleum and lowers the waste going into landfills.  Goat’s ideals of offering only vegan , organic, safe and fairly-produced products led them to begin giving back in support of causes with similar goals. The “Taking Action” initiative donates proceeds from the ‘Proudly made in Bangladesh’ T-shirt to Labour Behind the Label, a charity that provides aid to textile workers around the world. + Goat Organic Apparel Images via Goat Organic Apparel 

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Nike calls "Flyleather" its most sustainable leather material yet

October 16, 2017 by  
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When Nike introduced its Flyknit technology in 2012, the sportswear giant literally broke the mold of sneaker construction. By using a weaving technique that results in a virtually seamless one-piece upper, Nike is able to create a shoe that has the featherweight pliability of a sock yet the support and durability of a trainer. Flyknit is better for the environment, too. Compared with traditional cut-and-sew methods, the technology allows the company to slash its waste by roughly 60 percent. Five years on, Nike is employing a similar tack to Flyleather, a new “super material” that looks and feels like leather but is lighter and stronger. Nike calls Flyleather its “most sustainable leather material ever.” Unlike traditional full-grain leather, Flyleather comprises parts of a cow’s hide that’s typically discarded during the leather-making process—up to 30 percent, according to Nike. The firm grinds up the scraps, combining them with synthetic-blend fibers and polyester fabric before fusing everything into a single material. After a finishing process that includes final touches such as pigmentation, the material is placed on a roll for cutting, which improves efficiency and creates less waste. Related: Nike’s stunning Flyknit Feather Pavilion lights up the night at Beijing Design Week All in all, the Flyleather technique uses about 90 percent less water than traditional full-grain leather, Nike said. It also has an 80 percent smaller carbon footprint than conventional leather manufacturing. “Nike Flyleather completely mimics athletic, pigmented full-grain leathers in everything from fit to touch,” Tony Bignell, vice president of footwear innovation, said in a statement. “Unlike with traditional leathers, Flyleather can be produced with a consistent grade across a broader range of product.” You don’t have to wait to experience Flyleather in person. An all-white Flyleather version of Nike’s signature Tennis Classic is available for sale for $85 at www.nike.com and at the Nike SoHo store, NikeLab 21 Mercer, and Dover Street Market in New York City. + Nike

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The hottest business trends are circular

May 31, 2017 by  
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The linear economy poses serious financial, reputational and regulatory risks as resources diminish and demand grows, and more companies recognize that.

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Safety concerns overshadow energy-slashing potential of smart homes

May 31, 2017 by  
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Until technology companies address hacking incidents and other security issues, it does little good to talk up the environmental benefits.

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How the blockchain could fight grid cyber-threats

May 31, 2017 by  
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The electricity system is about to experience a several-orders-of-magnitude increase in the number of vulnerabilities to cyber-threats.

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You’ll never guess how CO2 can save us

December 13, 2016 by  
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Carbon dioxide is a waste product that is heating up our planet — but it also may be an unexpected solution to climate change.

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How HP, Rolls Royce and Caterpillar are going in circles

September 14, 2016 by  
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These companies are churning out examples of how business models enabled by digitization boost the circular economy.

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GreenBiz 101: What you should know about energy data

September 14, 2016 by  
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Utility bill data or interval data? Utility-owned smart meters or building-installed meters? Parsing the advantages and disadvantages of various energy data types.

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Why manufacturing will make or break the future of energy

August 23, 2016 by  
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Forget your MakerBot. The Department of Energy has a plan for a new production paradigm.

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The water-energy nexus is not what you expect

August 23, 2016 by  
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While saving water does save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, there are other benefits, too.

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