Happy Earth Day!

April 22 is Earth Day. Happy Earth Day!

Environmental activism started in large part when Rachel Carson issued a wake up call in 1962.

Environmental activism started in large part when Rachel Carson issued a wake up call in 1962 with the publication of Silent Spring.

Earth Day started in 1970.

There are some real great proponents of environmentalism in our industry.

Econscious has been a force in our industry for standards that really make a difference.

Econscious has been a force in our industry for standards that really make a difference.

Some of the first organic garments in the industry.weren't that nice, but as Econscious shows here, there is some cool stuff in the green arena now.

Some of the first organic garments in the industry.weren’t that nice, but as Econscious shows here, there is some cool stuff in the green arena now.

Daniel Sanders and Mary Lou Marsh were pioneers in the industry, they started "Ecosport" in the early 80's and I was perhaps their first customer if the tale be told. They are still fighting the organic fight and have a cool business called Spiritex.

Daniel Sanders and Mary Lou Marsh were pioneers in the industry, they started the organic shirt company “Ecosport” in the early 80’s and I was perhaps their first customer if the tale be told. They are still fighting the organic fight and have a cool business called Spiritex.

Some simple advice on Earth Day:

– use the greenest products you can and when you use them, do it responsibly. A great example is to use roll adhesive which will actually save you money besides reducing aerosol use.

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– look at your methods. Re-use things like boxes. We re-use boxes and our labels tell folks why we are doing that.

Note the message at the bottom of our label.

Note the message at the bottom of our label.

 

Scrape all of your ink out of your screens and re-use it if you can.

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– buy organic or buy recycled fibers.

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Hanes has used about 2 million pounds of recycled poly from bottles in the past few years through use of their “EcoSmart” fabric.

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American Apparel has been a leader from the start of their company in promoting their “Sustainable Edition” which is mostly organic garments, which are not just doing good, but are fashionable and comfortable.

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Aurum Organic meets the stringent GOTS standards (Global Organic Textile Standards) and promote an affordable very nice collection of organic shirts.

 

Here is the history of Earth Day according to wikipedia:

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States SenatorGaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

American Apparel not only pushes organics, they recycle everything they can including cotton scraps. As they say, "Happy Earth Day!"

American Apparel not only pushes organics, they recycle everything they can including cotton scraps. As they say, “Happy Earth Day!”

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