15.10.14

NEAT


Polyester and non-organic cotton are the dominant fibres used in sportswear today. They just happen to be the cheapest any brand can use but also the most damaging to our environment.

However, there are better, slightly more expensive fibres they could be using; such as hemp and nettle. These natural crops require less water and harmful pesticides to grow compared with conventional cotton, which also requires a hot climate. Where as nettle can be grown in the UK. As you know polyester is a synthetic fibre derived from fossil fuel; petroleum, made from ethylene and terephthalate.


When environmental costs are taken into consideration nettle and hemp become the cheapest fibers to use and non-organic cotton and polyester the most expensive.

Golf Refugees are currently working on using nettle fibres for a new range of sportswear called 'neat'. Which stands for 'nettle enhanced athlete textile'.

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THE BIG 'C' FREE SPORTS APPAREL


We’d like to offer athletes of all abilities the opportunity to wear cancer-free sports apparel.

What do we actually mean by this statement?

This would require removing all substances that are classified as carcinogenic from such garments. In some cases these substances linked to cancer can simply be removed, however, there are instances where the function they perform is essential to the manufacture / performance, an alternative chemical will have to be used. Yes, these safer alternatives are slightly more expensive, but we think you’re worth it.

Obviously other brands do not feel the same way. They will claim that they only use a very low dose of cancer causing chemicals and meet all of the regulations concerning toxic substances. But we feel even this small amount is too much, as these chemicals are interacting with your sweating skin when you play sport.

If you are unsure about whether the sports apparel you buy and wear contains substances classified as causing cancer, then we suggest you contact customer services of your favourite sportswear brand and ask for their restricted substances list (RSL).
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3.10.14

TWO MORE LITTLE QUESTIONS


How many cancer causing substances are used in modern synthetic (polyester) sport shirts?
a) one b) two c) three or more

How many human hormone disruptor chemicals (which are effective at very low doses) are used in modern adult and children's synthetic moisture-wicking sport shirts?
a) one b) two c) three or more

For a bonus point; can you name any of these substances?

Feel free to ask your favourite sportswear brands for assistance.
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2.10.14

GRASS


We are making steady progress on GRASS - Golf Refugees Aero Slotted Spoiler

Here is one of our early CAD model images. Our next 'driver' will have the ability for golfers to attach a crown surface and a sole surface spoiler to the club head. Both spoilers will be 3D printed components. The 'Grass' driver contains side slots where spoilers can be attached, golfers will have the option to use both, or one or no spoilers. The slotted areas for the spoilers on the driver can be covered when unused by 3D printed caps.
The main functionality of the spoilers are to accelerate airflow over the crown and sole surfaces to reduce the large pressure drag area (wake) at the rear of the golf club head. All driver club heads are bluff bodies with high drag coefficients. Think of them as a 'brick' on the end of the golf shaft.
#golfrefugees #grass
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24.9.14

MORE ORGANIC COTTON, RECYCLED POLYESTER, HEMP AND NETTLES


In the fight against climate change rarely is what we wear mentioned as part of the solution. Sustainable fashion has been a huge missed opportunity because it is one of the easiest ways we can live our values. Switching to an organic cotton t-shirt or buying clothes made from recycled plastic water bottles, are relatively easy, tangible ways that we can all wear our values.
By switching to organic cotton, not only do you reduce the amount of water required by up to 60 percent but organic cotton also lowers the amount of pollutants that poison our waterways by as much as 98 percent.
Textile manufacturing is the third dirtiest industry (to agriculture, oil and gas) in the world. We can't ignore the implications of fast fashion. Out of sight out of mind doesn't work when it comes to protecting our environment.
The textile industry needs to move away from conventional cotton and polyester by increasing production of organic cotton and recycling ‘plastic’ polyester. Although polyester is non-biodegradable it can be readily recycled. There’s enough plastic in our world already to do this, instead of building more chemical plants to manufacture virgin PET (polyethylene terephthalate)

Other more environmentally friendly natural fabrics have been largely ignored and under-invested, these include hemp and nettles. A concerted industry effort with greater consumer awareness of what we are exactly wearing should signal a revival of these valuable crops.
As always the bottom line will be a prominent factor, which is why today the cheapest fibre to manufacture polyester is becoming ever more dominant. But when you include the cost to human health and the environment it’s a solution to nowhere.
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23.9.14

ADIDAS REFUSE TO ANSWER


Several weeks ago I sent the following e-mail to Adidas. So far they have refused to answer any of the questions.


Apparently all of their Social & Environmental Affairs Team are all on vacation at the same time.

Dear Adidas,

I have a new Adidas Climacool sports shirt which states; 100% polyester made in China on the label.
Can I please ask the following specific questions with regard to individual substances used in Adidas polyester sports shirts;
Formaldehyde has recently been confirmed as a carcinogen linked specifically to nasal cancer and leukaemia. Adidas Restricted Substances List (RSL) states the use of formaldehyde. Can you please confirm this and explain the main function of formaldehyde in your polyester sportswear? Do Adidas have any plans to replace formaldehyde with a safer alternative in the near future?

Endocrine disruptor substances (EDC's) are a group of chemicals which according to the latest research can be effective even at very low doses. Can you again please confirm the use of EDC's and provide a list of the EDC's Adidas use and the function(s) they perform in your polyester sport shirts?


Kind regards,

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16.9.14

NOT JUST A NUMBER TWO


It appears the number 2 is our favourite golf ball number. But instead of just selecting a type face we particularly like, we could instead use an illustration to make the top part of the number look like this. With the intention of expressing our environmental concerns for using fossil fuel derived materials (plastics such as polyester) in sport which are non-biodegradable.

If you consider the sport product life cycle may only be a few years and yet the non-biodegradable synthetic materials they are made from from will be around polluting the environment for hundreds of years.
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