Climate change is one of the largest concerns the human race will have to face in the next twenty years. Greenhouse gases warm the planet, affecting weather patterns and wildfire seasons. Deforestation and coastal damage only increases the impact of carbon dioxide from factories and vehicles on the climate.
The fashion industry is one of the worst in regards to pollution. The textile dying industry is the second largest polluter of water, and that is only part of the process. The impact is insane. Levi Strauss estimates that one pair of jeans releases the same amount of carbon as driving a car 69 miles. The amount of waste from the industry and customer habits is also significant. About 85% of new garments each year in the U.S. eventually end up in landfills, leaving thrift stores with the remainder. However, the capacity is too large to sell, and the majority of donations end up in textile recycling facilities, landfills, or ironically in the countries where they were made.
The industry is also notorious for its exportation of labor the deadly practices that take place. Fast fashion retailers bully foreign manufacturers to accept subpar payment, which decreases wages and decreases spending on maintenance and safety. The Rana Plaza collapse in 2013 that killed 1,134 workers while they made clothes for Old Navy should have been a wake up call to the consumer.
We don't like secrets, and we don't like greenwashing. That's why BUSHLAND will always be open with the community about our practices.
As a company we will grow the right way, and are always taking steps to produce responsibly so that both the customer and the creator can sleep sound at night. In the past we have used wholesale blanks. Although they are an industry standard, they may have not been produced responsibly. Both the Farmer's Tote and Bandana listed were created from these blanks. BUSHLAND products currently are handmade in the United States with recycled materials.
Recently we have expanded further in the realm of green fashion. We are beginning to explore natural dyes for textiles, as well as textile creation. It is hard to make new clothes out of scrap panels, so finding ways to make an entire textile is a great alternative. BUSHLAND will continue to grow naturally, and keep the customer updated.