Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Yala Sales Partner - Sedona Organics Educates its Customers on Sustainable Fabrics

Yala's new sales partner, Sedona Organics offers a wonderful selection of products "...for you, your home, your family, your friends." Their store is located in central Arizona among the beautiful red rocks and fresh air on the outskirts of Sedona.

"Our products reflect our desire to support and encourage 'organic' and natural as much as possible. Our Mission is to nurture and nourish our local and global communities,  working in harmony with people here in the USA and abroad in helping restore the health and balance to Mother Earth."

They carry an amazing selection of fabrics including Organic Cotton, Recycled PET and Viscose or Rayon from Bamboo, including a wonderful selection of Yala favorites. Along with selling conscientiously sourced products, Sedona Organics has a goal of continually raising education, awareness, consciousness, and action on their journey to sustainability.

Sedona Organics provides useful information about their fabrics, including these interesting facts about how these three fabrics are sourced... Also, make sure to check out their information about "Why Organic".

Did you know?

Cotton vs. Organic Cotton
  • On average, it takes about a pound of chemicals to grow cotton contained in a standard cotton T and jeans. 
  • Standard cotton production may not go away overnight, but buying organic cotton helps support farms who engage in the socially responsible practice of pesticide-free production. 
  • The chemicals used on cotton crops have been linked to ground water, surface water and drinking water contamination around the globe. 

Viscose or Rayon from Bamboo

  • Considered a grass, bamboo is capable of growing over three feet in a 24-hour period making it one of the fastest growing plants in the world. 
  • Compared to trees of similar size, bamboo also consumes five times the amount of CO2 and emits 35% more oxygen. 
  • Growing bamboo improves soil quality and helps rebuild eroded soil. The extensive root system of bamboo holds soil together, prevents soil erosion and retains water in the water shed. 
  • It does not require replanting after harvest because its vast root network continually sprouts new shoots by pulling in sunlight and converting green house gasses. This happens naturally without pesticides or fertilizers and without the use of tractors or other petroleum using machinery.

Recycled PET

  • Recycled PET is one of the most exciting eco-conscious fabric choices available on the market today.  The fabric starts out as used plastic containers in the recycle bin. The PET products are sorted out, crushed, pressed into bales, shredded and then refined into PET flakes. 
  • The recycled flakes are identical to newly produced PET flakes in their chemical composition, but they do have a few extremely important differences. It takes two-thirds less energy to manufacture products made out of recycled plastic, 90% less water and 50% less certain chemicals.
  • At first glance, making clothing out of plastic bottles instead of bamboo or organic cotton may not seem very eco-friendly, but consider this- The United States consumed over 5.6 billion pounds of PET plastic containers in 2007. 
  • Choosing to buy garments made of recycled PET over more resource-intensive fabrics (synthetics or otherwise) is one way to help reduce this imposing mountain of plastic in our world. Flexible, weather-resistant and long lasting, PET fabrics can also be surprisingly soft and supple, while maintaining favorable insulation properties.
We look forward to a long relationship providing sustainable fabrics together!

Until next time,

Lauren of Team Yala

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