15.4.14

DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR GOLF CLOTHES ARE MADE?


When golf professionals earn sponsored apparel deals, do they ever visit any of the factories / textile workers who make their apparel? Has Tiger / Rory ever visited any Nike factory in Indonesia, Cambodia? We all need to connect more with how our clothes are made.


Do Golf magazines and Golf Channels ever feature the factories and textile workers who make the clothes they feature? How about a article on how Tiger's Nike clothes are made?
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14.4.14

NO FREDDIE JUST MERCURY


Heavy metal mercury continues to be used as a component in dyes and as a catalyst in the dyeing process to make brightly coloured clothing? Untreated toxic dye water is washed away through factory outlet pipes into local rivers and lakes where it poisons the fish and shellfish. But the sad, criminal story doesn't end there, textile workers drinking water wells are also contaminated with mercury. Mercury is a bio-accumulative toxin, once it is absorbed by a living system it cannot be expelled by waste, it builds up over time.

Do you know if your favourite apparel brand recycles its toxic dye water?
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11.4.14

UNREPORTED WORLD


Everything looks so beautiful on television, on the magazine pages, on the surface. Professional golfers strolling down the lush green fairways at Augusta. Underneath, the clothing label reveals a clue to an unreported world; 'made in Indonesia', where you'll find the world's most polluted river.

Textile factories outlet pipes turn sections of the Citarum river blue, then red, the colours of our clothes. Untreated toxic dye water, but the story doesn't end there. The textile workers live in villages alongside the river, their drinking water is contaminated by heavy metals such as mercury used to dye fabrics. They are slowly killing their children and themselves with every sip. The very same coloured sport shirts that are pictured and regarded as fashionable are poisoning the Indonesian workers who make them. We need to connect with how are clothes are made not just how they look.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/unreported-world/4od#3682650
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9.4.14

TWO WAYS TO IMPROVE THE MASTERS


Always exciting on the eve of the Masters. Many regard the Masters as the best golf tournament in the world and Augusta National as the most beautiful golf course. But the best can always be better. Here are two ways to improve the Masters;

1). Let the LPGA hold a ladies tournament at Augusta.
Now that Augusta has allowed women members albeit through sponsors commercial pressure. It would give women's golf a major boost. I can't think of a reason why not. Can you?

2) Let caddies wear sandals when they have a medical foot condition.
Masters rookie Matthew Fitzpatrick regular bagman Lorne Duncan has been banned by Augusta for wanting to wear sandals this week.
I know traditionalist will feel this is quite right, but for goodness sake when will golf put people first?
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PATTERNED GOLF BALLS


Footballs are designed with patterns, whether this makes them more visible on TV or just more visually appealing to look at is up for discussion. But how about golf balls?

Would you play with a 360 degree colour patterned golf ball? Watch this short 20 second trailer, filmed at The Bedford Golf Club, and please let us have your comments. Thank you GR
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilUpprJeMQ8
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8.4.14

THINKING ABOUT BUYING A NEW PLASTIC POLYESTER SPORT SHIRT?


Next time you're thinking about buying a new plastic 'polyester' sport shirt, here's eight good reasons to think again;


1. Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.


2. We currently recover only five percent of the plastics we produce.


3. The production of plastic uses around eight percent of the world’s oil production.


4. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade.


5. Plastic constitutes approximately 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface.


6. One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.


7. Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body.


8. Some of these compounds found in plastic have been found to alter hormones in humans.

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THE NUMBER ONE BALL FOR KOREAN PENSIONERS


Who knew that Titleist are now partly owned by the National Pension Service of Korea? That's just the way of world corporate finance. Does that mean every time you buy a Titleist golf ball part of the profit increases the pension pot for Korean nationals? Its interesting to find out who owns the brands we all know so well.
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