40% of the world's textiles come from cotton. 1% is organic.
FUZZFIELDS asks that you consider your clothing's supply chain beginning with the raw materials that go into our garments, as well as the human labor employed to construct them.
The launch of FUZZFIELDS is based on a simple idea. Many seek out organic vegetables, fruits and other food products, however they don't always select the fabrics they wear with equal care. Take cotton for example since it is used in over 40% of all textiles produced globally. Organic cotton uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton, and when certified properly, uses biodegradable dyes, the responsible treatment of water and doesn't use toxic heavy metals. No small thing when around 20% of industrial water pollution comes from the dyeing of textiles. Moreover, conventional cotton uses approximately 25% of the world's insecticides and 10% of its pesticides. Organic cotton is non-GMO.
These chemicals are deadly and cause as many as 20,000 deaths per year to the World Health Organization. More than 10,000 US farmers die from cancers related to these lethal chemicals. And factory workers have to breathe these toxic fumes in the manufacturing process. Unfortunately, less than 1% of all cotton is organic. Time for us to use our purchasing power to say that this is not acceptable.
Non-organic cottons and fabrics can irritate skin, cause rashes and even headaches or dizziness caused by chemicals attached to the threads of conventional so called natural fibers. We eat organically for our health; we use organic cleaners, and now it's time to dress with as much intention and knowledge of the power of our economic voting power.
FUZZFIELDS is also about worker's rights and fair trade. The right to a safe environment to work in, free of dangerous conditions such as unsafe factories. Free of the exploitation of minors and of forced labor.
What's wrong with polyester and hence fast fashion? Plenty, but in short, it is non-biodegradable, uses a ton of energy to produce (double that of cotton) and delivers microplastics into our food supply and oceans. On average Americans buy 68 garments per year, more than 1 per week! And much of it is made with polyester, rayon and viscose. The last two are derived from chemically and waste intensive pulping of trees from the harvesting of old growth forests. And even the commercial production of cotton comes from the clearing of huge ecosystems.
We are excited to bring you what we hope is not just a fun collection of clothing you can find useful and enjoyable in your life, but humane attire that says you care about the people, animals and environment impacted by your consumer choices.