I love it when I see other brands on social media that are being a bit more eco conscious with their products. I’m always on the lookout for new things that meet our ethos, so I was somewhat disappointed when I went looking for leggings from a company, I had seen on Facebook to find out they were made out of 78% polyester, not recycled polyester either just polyester.

Over 60% of all clothes are made from polyester – why? Because its cheap.

Polyester is a synthetic, man-made fabric derived from petroleum and coal, it’s a non-renewable and a carbon-intensive resource. It’s a breeding ground for the bacteria that causes body odour, and unlike natural fibres it doesn’t breathe. It can also take 20-200 years to decompose which in essence means 20-200 years of pollution, scary thought when you consider how many clothes you have in your wardrobe made from polyester!

A 2017 report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found “one garbage truck of textiles is landfilled or burned every second”. It makes sense then that people look for alternatives. If plastic bottles are already out there – and they are in abundance – turning them into something useful like clothing (and other items) has got to better for the environment.

Natural fibres like wool, organic cotton, hemp etc are a great choice and then thinking about buying less and making sure we wear what we already have until it falls apart are other sensible solutions.

Equestrian Clothing

When we think about equestrian clothing it’s not easy to find sustainable brands, but they are out there, and we can only hope more are to come…

1. Paddock Apparel

Paddock Apparel are based in Cornwall and whilst new – launched in July 2020, their clothing is made using materials such as recycled polyester and organic ring spun cotton. They do things like hoodies, t-shirts etc.

2. Riding Leggings

Riding leggings can be found on Eco Equestrian, who are based in Shrewsbury and use recycled nylon fabric such as fishing nets and waste products from the textile industry.

3. Bamboo Breeches

You can of course purchase bamboo breeched from our website! The bamboo fabric is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass and offers excellent wicking properties that keep you cool during the warmer weather and insulating properties that keep you warm during the colder weather and antibacterial properties that help to reduce odour causing bacteria.

Do your part; Recycle!

What about your current wardrobe? Did you know that you can recycle clothes in much the same way as you can bottles and cans?

The best place to find your local site (if not suitable for resale in a charity shop) is visit Recycle Now.

Near our office in Northwich, Cheshire there are 30 locations to do this. If your clothes can be turned into something useful instead of going to landfill that’s got to have a positive impact on our environment.

Now it would be unrealistic to think that we will stop wearing polyester today, tomorrow, next week or in twelve months’ time even, but we can think about what we buy and wear in the future.

If we buy less polyester clothing and aim to choose natural fibres, recycled fabric etc then we are all taking a step in the right direction to empower other companies to source alternatives and help protect the
environment we live in.