19.5.15

THREE LITTLE WORDS


It doesn't say very much on your sports clothing label, but behind three little words is a whole story.
One-fifth of farmland in China is too polluted to grow crops, nearly 60% of groundwater is unfit for human use and air pollution is 20 times the recommended safe levels.
The human cost of this damage has been devastating: huge swaths of productive arable land taken out of food production over fears of rice contaminated with heavy metals, more than 450 so-called “cancer villages” where untreated or mistreated chemicals have polluted local communities, choking levels of air pollution causing underweight babies, rising levels of lung cancer and a decline in male fertility.
Is 'made in China' a price worth paying?
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18.5.15

SPORT DESERVES BETTER


Sport deserves better.
Playing sport is great. It helps you to grow both physically and mentally and provides a pathway to friendship and community.
But when BBC film crews are imprisoned for reporting the abuse of migrant workers building infrastructure in Qatar for the football world cup
And when athletes have to take medication to avoid the health risks of sailing and rowing at venues in Brazil for the Olympics because of raw sewage in local harbours and rivers.
Even down to the sport clothes we all wear. Made from plastics and manufactured by exploiting predominantly young female textile workers.. You can’t even wash your sports clothes without causing toxic pollution to humans and the environment from microfibres.
There must be a better way for sport than this.
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GET PLASTERED


Men's white polo 'get plastered' by Golf Refugees
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WASHING IS A BAD IDEA


Why its a bad idea to wash your plastic polyester sports clothes.


Most sports clothing companies use plastic man-made fabrics like polyester and nylon. Each time we wash a shirt, jacket or other clothing made from these materials, plastic microfibres get washed into the sewage system and flow into the ocean. From there the microfibres are ingested by small fish, and make their way up the food chain. And these fibres are everywhere. They contaminate not only our waterways, but also our food and air.


 When ecologist Mark Brown studied microplastics on shorelines across the globe, he discovered that 85% of the plastic came from man-made clothing fibres. Experiments with washing machines reveal that 1,900 pieces of plastic microfibres come off of a single piece of clothing every time it’s washed. Since nearly every major clothing company now uses these synthetic man-made fibres, it adds up to a huge amount of plastic microfibres entering our waterways, contributing toxins to our environment.

Plastic pollution has increased by 500% in the last 30 years, and the plastic litter that finds its ways into our oceans kills over 100,000 wild animals every year.
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13.5.15

C8 AND C6


222 Scientists call for the reduced use of stain and waterproofing chemicals in clothing.
Highly fluorinated chemicals (also known as PFCs or PFASs or C8 and C6) are now everywhere – deep in the ocean, on mountaintops and in nearly all living creatures. A professor of environmental chemistry at the University of Toronto, has said that this class of chemicals will last in the environment for geological time – that is, millions of years – perhaps even longer than humanity. Making and using chemicals that could be harmful and persist longer than mankind is a serious matter, and it should not be undertaken lightly.
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12.5.15

BRAND PLAY


Many athletes are wearing it.
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11.5.15

OVERRATED


Overrated golfer organic polo by Golf Refugees.
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