Can You Make Clothing From Dried Beetles And Poop? Patagonia Says Yes

by: Well Made Clothes Staff | 11 months ago | News

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Patagonia is a company that’s constantly innovating as far as sustainability and ethics are concerned. Last month, for example, the brand announced its decision to dye clothing naturally using fruit and vegetables for the Clean Color Collection. But not only will this collection boast dyes derived from our common pantry foodstuffs; it will also incorporate bug poop. Yep, you read that right. 

According to The Huffington Post, this is all part of the green-minded apparel company’s mission to create clothes without the use of toxic chemicals. Enter Patagonia’s range of natural dyes, which will reportedly be sourced from 96% renewable resources and include dyes derived from the poop of silkworms, dried beetles and by-products of food waste. “Why the alchemy?” the company asks in a press release. “Because dye is dirty.”

The news follows increased consumer awareness about how our clothes are made and using what. In 2012 for instance, a major Greenpeace investigation shed light on the contents of clothing items from 20 global fashion brands ― including Armani, Levi’s and Zara. The findings demonstrated that two articles of clothing from Zara contained cancer-causing amines from its use of azo dyes. Shortly thereafter, the major fast fashion retailer announced its commitment to going “toxic free” by 2020, but Patagonia’s sustainability mission has been in place since as early as the nineties.

Many of the company’s clothing production techniques already use less water, energy and carbon dioxide than other competitors, but Patagonia is always looking to improve. And their latest commitment to incorporating by-products of food waste into this particular line is one small step in addressing the global waste crisis — whereby one-third of the food produced is lost or squandered. As The Huffington Post points out, “these by-products are being saved from decomposing in landfills, where they’d otherwise release methane, an extremely potent greenhouse gas.” Good on you Patagonia.

Via The Huffington Post

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