and over time as it degrades it releases microplastics.
Synthetic textiles (polyester, nylon, aramid, etc.) are all classified as plastics and they are all used to make various products especially athletic apparel. Plastics in our clothing are toxic to us and the environment by shedding microplastics into our land and water and releasing carbon dioxide (C02) into the atmosphere.
C02 is a greenhouse gas (GHG), gasses within our atmosphere that trap in the sun's heat causing the planet's temperature to rise. Of the 6 total greenhouse gasses in the air C02 is the most abundant accounting for 80%.
The textile industry alone produces 10% of the total C02 emissions worldwide. This is more than international flights and maritime shipping combined annually.
Synthetic plastics account for over 30% of the microplastics released in the environment. Due to the amount circulating the environment on average humans consume 1 credit card of plastic per week.
The clothing industry uses synthetic textiles for sporting apparel due to the durability and moisture wicking properties. Manufacturing these man-made fabrics requires massive amounts of energy, chemicals, and water which all produces CO2. Most of the Co2 produced occurs within the initial and final stages of manufacturing.
Initial Stage - Getting the raw material petroleum (oil) into a fiber.
Final Stage - When the garment is in the consumers hands and they continually wash the material.
The textile industry uses 93 billion cubic meters of water annually and due to people needing to wash their clothes an additional 20 billion cubic meters annually is used globally.
Textile manufacturers often use many chemicals to give longevity and specific characteristics to the fabrics. Therefore these materials take 20 to 200+ years to degrade. About 8,000 total chemicals are used throughout the production of textiles.
Clothing brands understand their pollution footprint and now are fiercely competing to develop an alternative for plastic garments that is durable, sustainable, and cost effective.
Our team of entrepreneurs and material scientists knew that there had to be a better way to bridge the gap between performance and sustainability by using natural resources.
breakdown plants to the point where they're so small we can extract nano-sized particles. We combine these particles with solvents and the resulting solution is our permanent replacement for plastic within textiles.
We utilize plants that absorb CO2 quickly from the atmosphere & store it as food.
So essentially the more garments we make the more CO2 we are taking and storing within our fabrics.
Our textile technology allows us to transform specific types of cellulose rich plants into functional fabrics like never before. At Soarce, we have made a strong commitment to incorporate ZERO plastics in our final products without sacrificing on the performance feature we all love in our workout gear.
Did you know to make 100 cotton t-shirts, you need 12 swimming pools of water? Just because they are natural doesn't mean it's sustainable. At Soarce, our fabric will be made of plant waste to reduce water consumption by over 85% or regenerative crops that use less water, resources, and don't damage the soil it was grown on.
It's time to stop greenwashing and have a concrete plan for the future. By using renewable resources such as fast growing plants and agricultural waste, we will offset the energy and emissions that would be used to melt down plastic while removing carbon during their growth cycles. We have an ambitious mission but we are dedicated to helping fight climate change at the source.
Agricultural streams offer immense potential as a sustainable source of cellulose-rich plants to be regenerated into fibers. We are looking for native plants that are fast growing and low maintenance such as hemp to sequester carbon at a fast rate.
Alternatively, by processing certain plant residues we could help reduce food waste, lower emissions created from field burning, and give farmers additional revenue streams.