“One piece of clothing can release 700,000 fibers in a single wash” Greenpeace 2017
At Rowan Bay we have committed to not using any synthetic fibers in our woven wraps, any plastic in our packaging and to always use recycled paper. Looking after the planet for our little people to enjoy and their little people after them is really important to us. But why no synthetic fibers? Surely using polyester reduces the need for pesticides and fertilizers in cotton and other plant-based fibers to be used? Yes, but synthetic fibers use around three times more CO2 to produce than cotton does (and we’ll only use organic cotton from now on too!).
We’re living in an age of a plastic pollution crisis. It is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. That’s an astonishing amount of waste which is just floating around slowly breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces but never really disappearing. Plastics including the microfibers which are washed out of our clothes, can be found in the waters around the remotest of islands and in the bodies of far too many marine creatures – from the smallest to the biggest and everything in between with the potential to have a devastating effect on the food chain.
The research into this area is still ongoing, but includes looking at waste operators and the appliance industry to try and prevent microfibers entering the water cycle including a bag to wash your clothes in which catches the fibers. However we feel the easiest way is to avoid synthetics all together – and so we will never weave with synthetic fibers and will continually to find the most luxurious and environmentally friendly and ethical fibers out there to make our woven wraps from. We’ll do the hard work so you don’t have to and you can enjoy more precious cuddles with your little people.
x L x
Here’s a sneak peek of our natural linen and Egyptian combed cotton Sorbus tester which is travelling around the world at the moment. If you would like to find out more, head over to our Facebook chatter group – Rowan Bay Rabble