Did you know that the textiles industry is ranked as the 5th biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide?¹

This carbon footprint is high mainly due to the production process: manufacturing cotton and artificial synthetics alone produce 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases or 2% of global emissions.² In 2050, the sector could emit 26% of global greenhouse gas emissions if it continues along the same path.³

Polyester is the most widely used synthetic material in ready-to-wear clothing, and oil is used to make it. Its use is so common because it’s cheaper and more resistant than cotton, but oil, a non-renewable fossil resource, is used to produce 70% of synthetic fibres.

The production of textiles has a strong environmental impact, but so does washing clothes. Both because of its water and energy use but also because of the pollution it causes to water and soil. Textile fibres contain chemicals (found in detergents) and microplastics (contained in polyester) which are released into the water during washing.⁴

What can we do to reduce the impact of what we wear on the environment? We can choose the right materials such as linen, hemp, organic cotton, or recycled fibres and watch for brand affiliations with organisations like GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and Oeko Tex. We can also donate our clothes after using them and use a biodegradable or eco-responsible detergent to wash them during use.

Sources: [1] Erwan Autret, Engineer with Ademe, for an article in leparisien.fr: Pollution. [2] Fondation Ellen MacArthur: A new textiles economy, redesigning fashion’s future. [3] ADEME: La mode sans dessus-dessous. [4] Le Monde:  CO2, eau, microplastique, la mode est l’une des industries les plus polluantes du monde.

Our Suggested Suppliers


    Bragard is located in Epinal and offers a range of aprons made from recycled polyester and 50% organic cotton and a range of Easy-Care aprons made from 100% fair trade organic cotton.


    Catova has been making eco-responsible clothing made from recycled plastic for 6 years. Clothes are made from Newlife®, an eco-responsible fabric made from recycled plastic bottles developed and produced in France. Features a range of eco-responsible polo shirts and work shirts made from recycled plastic bottles (13 plastic bottles are needed to make 1 polo shirt). Catova is member of Oeko Tex.


    Cotton Roots has a range of fair trade, organic, sustainable clothes and ethically-source clothed. All fabric scraps are donated to schools and local arts and crafts groups. Members of Fairtrade in India, Fair Wear Foundation, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) and Oeko Tex. Certified by Ecocert Greenlife, Fair Labour, WRAP (Accredited Responsible Production Worldwide), ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative).


    L’Echoppe has a selection of organic cotton clothes. For its kitchen jackets: woven in France and Belgium and FLO certified fair trade cotton. Clothes contain a minimum 80% organic cotton. Is a member of Oeko Tex, is certified by Ecocert Greenlife, Fair Labour and follows EU REACH rules (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals).


    Forest Natural Workwear offers eco-responsible collection: construction site pants in recycled polyester and organic cotton, eco-responsible work jacket, GOTS organic cotton professional T-shirt, sweatshirt in responsible fabric, recycled polyester parka. All clothes are made with organic and recycled cotton, recycled polyester. Members of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).


    Mulliez Flory signed the United Nations Global Compact in 2008, Mulliez-Flory is committed to respecting fundamental values in terms of: Labor law (minimum wage, working hours), Health and safety, Fighting corruption and protecting the Environment. They use Max Havelaar fair trade cotton. Commitment to improving the lifecycle of its products, recycles of end-of-life products.

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