Feel Good Friday – Patagonia Truth to Materials

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Patagonia has always been on top of their environmental and social responsibility game, but this season they took it to even another level.For fall/winter 2014, Patagonia launched a capsule collection called Truth to Materials. The roll out includes seven styles, which delve deeper into finding materials that sustain mama Earth. While these are raw materials they aren’t your usual cotton, wool and cashmere. These have all been reclaimed or alternatively sourced from a variety of sources around the world.What makes this collection even more interesting is that the materials are the star of the show. They are all minimally processed, less dying and an even greater focus on craftsmanship.Here you will find a little more information on where these amazing materials came from and the people who are making the magic.1. Reclaimed Wool: Calamai / ItalyFigli di Michelangelo Calamai was founded in 1878, roughly 100 years before the birth of the environmental movement. Calamai is dedicated to producing reclaimed wool. The finished product uses garments and manufacturing scrap and blends them into a variety of knits, weaves and weights as well as textures. The reclaimed wool used by Patagonia is made from discarded wool sweaters that are shredded into usable fiber – just like the early days – and mixed with polyester and nylon for strength.2. Reclaimed Cotton: TAL Group / China & MalaysiaThe typical life of a cotton garment, whether it’s conventional or organic, is a straight line to the landfill. Growing, spinning and weaving leads to cutting and construction and that leads to consumer use which eventually leads to the dump. Thanks to a partnership with the TAL Group, one of the larger garment manufacturers in the world, Patagonia has been able to take cotton consumption and twist it closer to the elusive closed-loop. Since 2011, the TAL Group has been saving their cotton scraps by sweeping the floors of their factories in China and Malaysia – saving hundreds of tons of cotton from the landfill. This once-useless cutting-room scrap is then spun into fully functional fabrics. Reclaimed cotton is neither bleached nor dyed and is traceable from raw material to retail store.3. Undyed Cashmere: Mongolian plateau regionMongolian nomads have long known that the key to keeping their grasslands healthy is moving their herds and maintaining a proper ratio of goats to sheep. Patagonia’s undyed cashmere is hand-harvested by Mongolian goat herders who brush their flocks as they shift grazing grounds according to the seasons. The colors of the yarns – whites, browns and tans – are as nature intended. The end result is a material untouched by the process of fiber dyeing, which lessens the environmental impact and gives the material an even softer hand.4. Reclaimed Down: Alabama Chanin / Alabama, USAPatagonia has partnered with designer and artisan Natalie Chanin, of Alabama Chanin, for a one-of-a-kind reclaimed down project. Damaged, returned down jackets (that cannot be repaired) have been collected in bales in Patagonia’s shipping warehouse for years through it’s Common Threads Partnership recycling program. Together with the artisan quilters of Alabama Chanin, the companies have developed a warm and wearable work of art that masquerades as a scarf. Each scarf is a numbered, limited edition.Additionally, the Malloy Brothers (who are the Patagonia Brand Ambassadors), have produced a special book, titled “Truth to Materials”, which explores the various sources of raw materials for Patagonia products. This book is available in special-edition quantities, starting today, in Patagonia retail store locations. 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Patagonia Goes 100% Sustainable with New Line Called Shell, Yeah! Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket is Made Entirely Out of Recycled Materiallast_img read more

Aide to Labour MP accused of lying over speeding says he was

Dr DeFeo told the court he had run Ms Onasanya’s 2017 election campaign and had also penned a “Westminster Life” column on her behalf in the local newspaper. Dr Christian DeFeo has given evidence Fiona Onasanya Asked by prosecutor David Jeremy QC whether he “had it in” for Onasanya as a result of the dispute, Dr DeFeo said he did not, and added: “From day one I wanted her to succeed. He said after realising the alleged offence had taken place on the road where he lived on the night she had visited him, he decided to contact police.Asked what time she arrived, he said: “I cannot say a specific time, however she arrived late and was there quite late because we offered her a bed to stay the night.”She arrived in her car, a Nissan Micra. She arrived alone. She pulled up her car in front of our house and I greeted her at the door.Asked how long the meeting lasted, he said: “As far as I am aware, no less than two hours.” He said: “I worked for Ms Onasanya and I have had enormous hopes invested in her. I never dreamed in my darkest dreams or thought that I would be sitting here.”It is with the greatest reluctance that I have had to do this, but to do otherwise; I cannot. It is morally and legally unacceptable.” Fiona Onasanya won the Peterborough seat for Labour in the 2017 General Election Fiona Onasanya was elected MP for Peterborough in 2017Credit:UK Parliament Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Christian DeFeo has given evidence Fiona Onasanya Festus Onasanya, the brother of Labour MP Fiona, has admitted charges “I wanted her to be a great MP and I said on a number of occasions that I wanted her to be an MP as long as she wanted to be.”It’s a terrible thing to have to do this.”Ms Onasanya, from Peterborough, denies one count of perverting the course of justice.Her brother has pleaded guilty to three charges of perverting the course of justice, including to one related to the July 24 incident.The trial continues. Festus Onasanya, the brother of Labour MP Fiona, has admitted chargesCredit:John Stillwell/PA Fiona Onasanya was elected MP for Peterborough in 2017 The former aide to a Labour MP felt “morally and legally” obliged to give evidence against her after learning she had tried to dodge a speeding ticket, a court has heard.Peterborough MP, Fiona Onasanya, told police she was not driving her car when it was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone in Thorney, Cambridgeshire on the evening of 24 July 2017.But she is accused of lying about the incident and plotting with her brother, Festus, 33, to  blame a Russian man, Aleks Antipow, as person behind the wheel when the camera was triggered.After reading about the trial her former head of communications, Dr Christian DeFeo contacted police to say that the MP had visited him on the night of the alleged speeding offence.Appearing at the Old Bailey, Dr DeFeo said he had discussed with his wife, Christina Earle, whether to come forward and give evidence against the MP, and decided it was his moral duty. Fiona Onasanya won the Peterborough seat for Labour in the 2017 General ElectionCredit:PA Archive Dr DeFeo also told the court he had never seen anyone but Onasanya behind the wheel of her Micra and was not aware of her knowing anyone else in the village of Thornley.The court heard there had been a “bit of a falling out” between the MP and Ms Earle after an event marking 100 years of Labour in Peterborough was cancelled by Ms Onasanya. read more