TEXTILES USED IN STARBOARD APPAREL
We are continuously comparing the impact of materials to make the best products for the planet. For our apparel line, we are searching for the best possible material.
As each year comes new information comes to light. We understand more and more about the impacts that our products are doing to our planet. By monitoring our footprint we are able to reduce our impact over time. The aim is to leave the smallest impact that we possible can.
Recycled Polyester or Organic Cotton?
In 2018, we tried recycled polyester for a series of products, but studying its long term affect we are concerned with the plastic microfibers lost in machine washes.
Organic cotton uses 225 liters less water. 8.29 megajoules of energy and emits 0.06 kg less CO2.
WHY ORGANIC COTTON?
Organic cotton is growing using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.
HOW ORGANIC COTTON SAVES ENERGY AND WATER
Instead of using electricity consuming irrigation systems to water the cotton plants, organic cotton is 80% rain-fed. Therefore, saving water from being taken from nearby rivers or bores and electricity usage.
Secondly, organic cotton does not use nitrogen fertilizer or chemicals. This not only helps with water pollution and improves soil quality but it also reduces the CO2 emissions from the production of fertilizer and chemicals.
Starboard are striving to find the best of the best. Reducing our footprint where possible. We will continue to search for materials that have the least impact.
Watch this space to see what we will be wearing next.