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the earth, like the sun, like the air, belongs to everyone and to no one.
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The 20th century was synonymous with production, consumption, and disposal. As a consequence, landfills and deforestation are decreasing our natural land at an alarming rate. At Save Khaki United, we are working to improve upon our manufacturing environmental processes. We minimize our impact through local manufacturing and sourcing, using sustainable materials and production methods and designing classic, well-constructed, and long-lasting products. Following are some of our key initiatives:

Our approach to dressing is to reduce down to what is truly needed based on comfort, craftsmanship, simplicity and purpose. We offer effortless, classic products that transcend trends that are functional, high-quality wardrobe staples. By buying less, but better products, you can help make a positive difference on our world today and for its future.

We reduce our impact in the supply chain's carbon footprint by manufacturing all of our products in the United States including our own factory in Vernon, CA. We take this one step further with our sub-brand, Home Work, in which all components are 100% American made, including its threads, buttons, trims and fabrics.

We source domestic textiles where available, often including recycled or reclaimed cotton. The majority of our knits are environmentally friendly grown. California also has the most stringent environmental protection laws for dyeing imposed on by the industry. By dyeing and finishing all of our garments in California, it is assured that our processes are ecologically sound.

A main fabric focus is on cotton, which is the world's largest natural fiber. One example of an eco-friendly 'seed' cotton textile is woven in a small Pennsylvania mill. The textile has a mini-herringbone texture from not being ginned and is better for the ecosystem due to less processing. Additional textiles are described below, including recently introduced organic cotton and hemp, and we continue to explore other environmental options.

Supima cotton is sustainable, renewable and biodegradable. However, a rare type of long-staple cotton, Supima is in the top one percent of cotton produced in the world. Twice as strong than regular cotton, it is trusted for its integrity and durability. Supima is also dedicated to research, development and innovation with a goal of reaching the highest possible levels of sustainability.

Organic cotton is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards, without using any toxic chemicals or GMO's. Its production benefits the environment by sustaining healthy soil and using less water, air and energy. Because the majority of its production is rain-fed, organic cotton reduces the use of local water sources and is absent of any chemical contamination. Its practices also promotes the health and well-being of its farmers and their families as the land can be shared with edible crops.

With a 10,000 year old history, hemp is stronger and more durable than cotton and can biodegrade completely at the end of a garment's life cycle. Growing hemp uses half the amount of water that it takes to grow cotton, requires no use of pesticides and is renewable two to three times a year. Not only less expensive to farm, with each growth cycle it renews the soil, maintains the topsoil and prevents erosion with its long roots. The plant's seeds and stalks are used as additional food and fiber resources and the plant even absorbs more carbon dioxide than trees.

In an effort to divert products from landfills, raw fibers are spun into recycled yarns. New products find new life using less energy, water and dyes due to the materials that have already been processed.

*paragraph on supima cotton has been revised based on valuable feedback from our reader.
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  • i really appreciate this post. There is an important error, however. Conventionally grown cotton is among the most chemically intensive crops has one of the worst environmental impacts among fabrics, so you should remove the “like all cotton” phrase when referring to sustainability.

    Melody on

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