It is cheap to use toxic petrochemicals, and expensive to reformulate products so they aren't toxic. Removing a carcinogen or hormone disruptor from a shampoo, or fragrance, or sport shirt, or lipstick, or laundry detergent, and replacing it with a safer chemical is expensive. “Too expensive,” say the brands, and so far, governments haven’t found a way to force them to take out the toxins.

To make matters worse, companies don’t have to disclose dangerous chemicals on product labels. Why don’t companies want us to know all the ingredients that go into their products? The answer is simple: they’re afraid of losing a sale. If you knew there were toxic chemicals in something you bought every day, you would stop buying it - JW



If I buy a bright yellow sport shirt; it will inform me of the main fabric material, where it is manufactured and how to wash it.
If I buy just a bright yellow textile dye from the same shop; it will disclose a list of the all chemicals in the synthetic dye and has a toxic warning symbol on the packaging.
You can buy the synthetic dye, the anti-bacterial textile finish, the moisture-wicking textile finish all separately; these individual textile products disclose the chemicals they use.
If you combine all of the textile products to produce a brightly coloured, moisture-wicking, anti-bacterial sport shirt; you don't have to disclose a single chemical.



Looking forward to The Evian Championship, women's golf fifth major. Hey Evian; A plastic water bottle, for example, takes roughly 450 years to disintegrate. Just a thought.

Pictures posted on social media from star players greeted with their own plastic water bottles. Contents may only last a few minutes, golfers tens of years and the plastic bottle hundreds of years. It doesn't add up.



Numerous consumer products contain hidden carcinogens and hormone disruptor chemicals.

Many of the most popular brands refuse to disclose the use of these hazardous substances to their customers.

They argue that the low doses used in any individual product are safe. However, this conveniently ignores the cumulative effect, as we all use multiple products each and every day.

What is the solution?

Persuading leading brands to 'disclose' is incredibly difficult.

How about persuading brands who do not use carcinogens to state the following on their labels and packaging;

'Carcinogen free' or 'Does not contain any cancer causing chemicals.'

This way products which state no information on carcinogens and hormone disruptor chemicals by default can be seen to use these hidden chemicals.
#disclosure #golfrefugees




Dear Sustainability Adidas Group,

Rio was a great Olympics to watch and the performance of Team GB truly inspiring.

I have just purchased an Adidas Team GB Golf Climachill polo shirt to celebrate Justin Rose gold medal, from the label I can see it is made from 100% polyester fabric.

Can you please advise when I wash this polyester polo shirt will it shed any microfibre 'plastic' particles? I have read in the media that these microfibres contribute towards plastic ocean pollution and can even enter human food chain.

As a slightly concerned customer who loves eating seafood. Are Adidas working on any technology to prevent this from happening in the near future?

I look forward to your reply.

Kind regards,




Three easy ways to encourage younger people to play golf;
1. Let them wear what they like.
2. Use their mobiles / ipads on the course for selfies and tweets etc
3. Allow alcohol and spliffs on the course.
"more weed less weedkiller" - Golf Refugees



Now that Nike Golf and Adidas Golf are just going to concentrate on apparel, here are some facts they sometimes forget to tell their customers;
Polyester is a plastic and when you wash polyester based apparel it sheds microfibre plastic particles which pollute our oceans.
One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
Virtually every piece of plastic (including the first polyester sport shirt) that was ever made still exists in some shape or form.
It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.
Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body.
Some of these chemicals found in plastic have been found to alter hormones in humans.
You may ask why Nike, Adidas and many others prefer to use polyester?
Polyester is the least expensive fibre to manufacture.
What does all this mean for you?
Your next polyester sport shirt will last between 500 -1,000 years.
Some of the chemicals used to make your plastic sport shirt (which apparel brands hide from you) can be absorbed through your skin and potentially alter your hormone levels.
Each time you wash your polyester sport shirt it will shed microfibre particles which contribute to plastic ocean pollution and kill sea birds and marine mammals.
If you enjoy eating fish and other sea food, microplastic particles from your own polyester sport shirts can end up on your plate.