Sustainability is a lot of things. In one’s personal life, sustainability is making the most out of a product’s life and repurposing products into another form. Within the industry and according to the UN, sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Sustainability is important because it is the future we want to live in and provide for the next generations to live in. the more we throw away, the more demand there is to re create that product which in turn creates more waste that we cannot afford. Sustainability is thinking about the future to ensure that there will actually be a future.
While there is no clear list of which industry is the first, second, or third worst polluting industry, there is clear consensus that the agriculture, oil and gas, fashion and mining industries lead the way in pollution. Compared to 2003, people are buying 60% more clothing, which means more clothing is ending up in landfills as well as a faster production of apparel being produced to keep up with demand.
Textile manufacturing has a huge environmental footprint, polluting as much as 200 tons of water for every ton of fabric with a suite of harmful chemicals, as well as using tremendous amounts of energy for fabric dyeing and finishing.
Thankfully more and more companies are recognizing the need to become more sustainable to ensure a better future. More companies are striving to become Cradle to Cradle, which is a multi-attribute certification that focus across multiple areas, including using eco materials, recycling, using renewable energy, water efficiency and social responsibility. Some companies that have Cradle to Cradle certification are Method products and Aveda cosmetics.
Hemp Black aims to be as sustainable as possible in every aspect of our business. From producing our products using sustainably sourced hemp that returns 70% of its nutrients back into the soil after harvest, to capturing emissions from our factories to be used as fuel in the next round of carbonization, Hemp Black’s main goal is creating advanced functional fabrics with as low of an environmental impact as possible. High performing products should not mean you have to sacrifice sustainability, and we are here to prove it.