This week’s blog post comes from the Yellow Sticker Gal where she discusses sustainability, food waste and fashion. Her article features 3rd Rock Clothing – an organic, ethical, sustainable activewear brand perfect for Climbing & Yoga lovers.
As a young adult I was a fussy eater, can’t cook won’t cook, meaning I would often spend a small fortune in chicken shops. Not only was I into fast food, but fast fashion, I ran up store cards, credit cards, would buy the same pair of shoes in different colours; all I bought in preparation of moving away for university was a new handbag. Many of the debts that I ran up whilst studying were on clothes, socialising, eating out. Despite studying sociology, I didn’t give any thought as to how my lifestyle was impacting the world we live in. I can’t say I reflected on my fussy, frivolous ways, but there does become a point when you have to reflect on your bank statements.
Financial savings is just one benefit of shopping from supermarket’s reduced food crates; I’ve learnt to cook, have a diverse diet, and make efforts to eat more sustainably by reducing food waste. A study by Poore and Nemecek (2018) found that food wastage is responsible for around 6% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, it’s likely to be slightly higher since the analysis from Poore and Nemecek (2018) does not include food losses on the farm during production and harvesting. https://ourworldindata.org/food-waste-emissions
Of course food waste is not the only contributor to climate change, there’s also fashion; an outfit for that dinner date, what to where for that dinner party, heck active wear has become a brunch outfit in itself! According to UNEP, the fashion industry is responsible for 10 % of annual global carbon emissions. www.unep.org
As I’ve become more thoughtful around what and how I eat, I’ve tried to do the same with what I wear. Transitioning to a vegan diet and lifestyle has meant that I’ve stopped buying clothes and shoes made from animals. I try and apply the same principals of making use of the food I already have, eat what would otherwise be wasted, to fashion by shopping second hand. Being a keen runner, yogi, lockdown dependent gym goer, jump rope dude – aka my mum gave me a skipping rope during the first lockdown, and I now fangirl on a topless LA duo and their double unders, I still tend to buy workout gear from new. I have however tried to give more thought to not only what my workout gear is made from, but by whom, and how.
So, who, what, how, is what I wanted to know when offered workout gear from 3rd rock clothing. Their sustainability values and practices are easy to find online www.3rdrockclothing.com. I was given a pair of recycled leggings; sort of second hand, just from bottles instead of Betty. 3rd rock use recycled fibres made from plastic bottles and Italian carpets; even the packaging is recyclable. According to their website, over 200,000 football fields worth of carpets are thrown away each year in Europe alone! I was also given a Freaky sweatshirt, with pockets, we love a pocket, not recycled but made from organic cotton meaning natural pesticides and fertilisers are used instead of chemical ones so no health or environmental damage, supporting farmers, their communities and eco system. 3rd rock only work with factories following the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code, and are part of the #whomademyclothes campaign; you can read more about where their clothes are made on their website’s site traceability link.
Sustainability is only sustainable if it supports us all mentally, physically, and the world we all live in, which is why it is encouraging to see that 3rd rock have taken an inclusivity pledge to make climbing more accessible to black people, and people of colour. Widening their range of sizes (I’m wearing a size medium), and will be designing unisex items. None of us can claim to be at our sustainable, ethical, peaks, we still have a way to go. What I’ve learnt from my younger years, and running, is that it’s all a journey, one step at a time, climbing the ladder. Who knows, I might even start climbing rocks too in my new, sustainable, gear!
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