Any Plastic Kills

Any Plastic Kills

We are all aware of the huge amount of pressure the garment industry is putting on the ecosystems of our planet and on ourselves. The problems are manifold: from production to distribution, from dyeing to washing, from marketing to end of life, from influence on the metabolism to the release of micro particles. We have to consider all aspects involved if we really want to succeed reducing the footprint of our outdoor activities. [1]

Arguably, the single most devastating cause of pollution in the fashion and textile industry is plastics and all of its derivatives, as polyester, nylon, acrylic, spandex, to name a few. During the process of its fabrication, plastic uses fossil energy, as it is petroleum-based. Production releases gases in the atmosphere that are harmful to humans and contributes to climate change.

But even the bio-based, plant-based, recycled or upcycled plastics equally contribute to this pollution. Once polymerized, they are plastics, and just as toxic. Over the span of a piece of garment’s life, it releases millions of plastic micro-particles in the water through washing, and in the air through daily usage.[2] Those particles will eventually end up in our rivers and oceans, and ultimately in the food chain.[3]

Directly of concern to our health, some of the moleccules present on those plastic membranes penetrate through the skin and can cause endocrinal changes, harmful to our reproductive system.[4]
At the end of their life cycle, plastic textiles are extremely difficult to degrade, and 85% of them end up in landfills or are incinerated[5], generating numerous new pollution sources

The plastic-free solution

Understanding that, Mover worked hard finding the best solution to produce truly sustainable sportswear. And we decided to follow a simple and straightforward approach: completely ban all plastic from our clothes.
This is Mover’s way to relieve the pressure on the environment: we offer our customers the choice to wear a line of outdoor garments that are protective, extremely comfortable and fully breathable. And that are absolutely plastic-free.

[1] Numerous sources, in particular:
-Claudio L. Waste couture: environmental impact of the clothing industry.
Environmental Health Perspective. 2007
-Khan, S. and A. Malik, Environmental and health effects of textile industry
wastewater, in Environmental deterioration and human health. 2014, Springer
-Siegle L. To die for: is fashion wearing out the world? UK: HarperCollins; 2011.

[2] De Falco, Cocca, Avella, Thompson, 2020 : Microfiber Release to Water, Via Laundering, and to Air, via
Everyday Use: A Comparison between Polyester Clothing with Differing Textile Parameters

[3] For ex. Tanaka, Takada, Yamashita et alii, 2013 : Accumulation of plastic-derived chemicals in tissues of seabirds ingesting marine plastics
[4] For ex. Rovira, Domingo, 2018 : Human  health  risks  due  to  exposure  to  inorganic and organic chemicals from textiles: A review
[5] EPA United States, 2018

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