Last updated: January 29, 2019

Textile Industry and Pollution

The apparel and textile industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet, using over 20,000 chemicals and generating one-fifth of the world’s water pollution. For a majority of textile production the carbon footprint is massive and loads of pesticides are used. Did you know that conventionally grown cotton uses more pesticides than any other crop on the planet? While organic cotton doesn’t use harmful chemicals it yields less crop than conventional cotton, requiring more land and more water.

It takes 2,700 liters of water to make 1 cotton shirt, enough water for one person to drink for 2 1/2 years.

(image from the World Resource Institute)

The Environment

Our environment is becoming more polluted and people are beginning to see the direct effect our behaviors are having on our planet. Consumers are buying more textiles, but keeping them for a shorter time. Through more informed and better choices, consumers can have a direct impact on helping ensure our planet’s ecosystem is healthy.

Choosing Sustainable and Eco-friendly Textiles

At ettitude our products are made from bamboo lyocell – a renewable plant resource that is crushed, washed and then spun into yarns. The bamboo lyocell is then dyed with non-toxic, eco-friendly dyes. The fiber yield per acre from bamboo is up to 10 times higher than cotton and requires less than 1/10 of the water to grow. Our bamboo lyocell is made from certified organic bamboo that is grown and produced without any harmful chemicals, artificial additives, growth hormones or GMO’s. Our fabrics are Oeko-Tex certified, which means they are safe and free from any harmful chemicals. By shopping at ettitude you are supporting ethically produced products.