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THE MESSAGE BEHIND OUR PALM OIL FREE TEE

We are aware of the production process for palm oil and we do not consume any products containing it! Palm Oil production contributes heavily to deforestation which impacts on the climate as greenhouse gas emissions rise and endangered species living in these forests are forced out of their homes. The 'Say No To Palm Oil Campaign' quotes that "Every hour an area the size of 300 football fields is cleared in Indonesia and Malaysia to make way for Palm plantations. Around 100,000 orangutans were lost between 1999 and 2015 and many other animals are being pushed to extinction. Not only that but the destruction of rainforests contributes to rising greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore climate change. The palm oil industry is also riddled with human rights abuses, for more information, see https://www.rspo.org/human-rights-and-social-standards.

Companies are more aware than ever of the affects of Palm plantations

and are trying to find ways to produce palm oil in a sustainable way.
Wearing our Palm Oil Free Tee means you are joining us in spreading a 
powerful message. In the UK, we produce plenty of Rapeseed Oil, a 
sustainable alternative to Palm Oil. 
Use #palmoilfreetecc for a feature on our Instagram when wearing our 
tee! 

WHY WE DON'T USE SINGLE USE PLASTIC PRODUCTS

We are committed to our ban of using single use plastic products in the production of our clothing and accessories. Single use plastics are polluting our oceans and ultimately, killing marine life. Plastic items do not biodegrade and will be here still in hundreds of years. They are made from fossil fuels and leave a huge carbon footprint. In short, it's bad for the environment, it's bad for the planet and will be around long after you and I.

'Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. 

We produce roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year and half of it is disposable! World-wide only 10-13% of plastic items are recycled. The nature of petroleum based disposable plastic makes it difficult to recycle and they have to add new virgin materials and chemicals to it to do so. Additionally there are a limited number of items that recycled plastic can be used.

Petroleum based plastic is not biodegradable and usually goes into a landfill where it is buried or it gets into the water and finds it’s way into the ocean. Although plastic will not biodegrade (decompose into natural substance like soil,) it will degrade (break down) into tiny particles after many years. In the process of breaking down, it releases toxic chemicals (additives that were used to shape and harden the plastic) which make their way into our food and water supply.

These toxic chemicals are now being found in our bloodstream and the latest research has found them to disrupt the Endocrine system  which can cause cancer, infertility, birth defects, impaired immunity and many other ailments.

We produce hundreds of millions of tons of plastic every year, most of which cannot be recycled. It’s obvious that we need to use less plastic, move towards environmentally sustainable products and services and come up with technology that recycles plastic more efficiently.' 
Quote taken from plasticfreechallenge.org on 27/07/2019. 

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