Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Since there has been a plethora of OTA Fiber Forum postings lately regarding
the new stringent requirements of the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/faq.html
We wanted to just list some important points.
--The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is a US law
signed on August 14 2008 by Bush. It imposes new testing and requirements
on manufacturers of apparel, shoes, personal care products, accessories,
home furnishings, bedding, toys etc..
--This law is targeted mostly toward children's products.
--The legislation reduces the limit of lead allowed in products for children to:
* 600ppm by Feb 10, 2009
* 300ppm by August 14, 2009
* 100ppm by August 2011
--There is also legislation for Pthalates, DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, DnOp:
Levels must be set at 0.1 percent.
--The burden falls primarily on the retailers' end product(to the consumer)They
are being asked to "retest" their products(every SKU) to prove that the limits
are as stated above even if they are using certified organic goods, as our fabrics are; and ideally, GOTS certified fabrics. GOTS maximum lead allowance is .2ppm....far below what this CPSA ruling allows.
This new CPSA really seems excessive and, needless to say has upset 1000's of small green businesses who cannot possibly meet these new deadlines and requirements. We, here at Oliveira Textiles will gladly sign petitions and/or take part in a plan of action to revise these new regulations. Stay tuned.
HEALTH & PROSPERITY in 2009!!
Dawn & Deb
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Hope you overindulged on your 40th birthday....!!
And, though we don't normally see our fabrics used in fashion because the weights are a bit heavy...Sarah Waldo, a talented, local Providence Designer of children's wear (Parsons alum) has done a lovely job with our MysticBlue and Redcoral Anemone prints for her Spring 09 collection. See her "Sadie Coat" below or go to her website at http://www.sarahwaldo.com/. I am just so excited to see how adorable these coats turned out...thanks very much Sarah!
All the best
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
PEACE, LOVE & SUSTAINABILITY New York, NY, Nov 16- Earth Pledge is pleased to announce its new project to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Peace sign. Earth Pledge's FutureFashion initiative celebrates environmentally conscious fashion by working with industry leaders to promote renewable, reusable and non-polluting materials and methods. This season's collection is a collaboration with top fashion designers to create one-of-a-kind environmentally friendly fashions incorporating the peace sign. Designers were given free reign to incorporate the iconic symbol into their designs, while utilizing sustainable materials and techniques that reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing and production. The peace inspired, eco-friendly fashions will be unveiled on November 16th in the windows of Barneys New York's flagship store at Madison Avenue and 61st street. Earth Pledge and Barneys will kick off the holidays with a 60's themed shopping event, where the designs will be displayed through January 1st 2009 as part of the retailer's Hippie Holiday windows. Participating designers included Zero Maria Cornejo, Derek Lam, Calvin Klein, Doo.Ri, Behnaz Sarafpour, Diane von Furstenberg, Proenza Schouler, Three As Four, Thakoon, Rogan, Isabel Toledo, Rodarte, Philip Lim, Martin Grant, Band of Outsiders, Giambattista Valli, Alexander Wang, Rag and Bone, Narciso Rodriguez, Marni, Michael Kors, Maison Martin Margiela, Moschino, Stella McCartney, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Duro Olowu, Dosa, and Natalie Chanin.Designers used materials such as organic cotton, merino wool, linen, recycled fabrics, PLA, tilapia sea leather, pina, vegetable tanned leather, and even 'Peace' silk to create one-of a kind, sustainable pieces.
FutureFashion has been generously sponsored by vendors such as Col de Mar, Eurolaces, Lenzing, Harmony Art, Indigo Handloom, Ingeo, Jasco, Syka, Windochine, Ultra Fabrics, Ten Fold Organics, Pickering International, Lulan Artisans, Vermont Organic Fiber Co., Oliveira, O-eco textiles, Sofarsonear, Hemp Traders, Robert Kaufman, Seidra Textilweire, Rechberger, Near Sea Naturals, Masters of Linen, and Q Collection.
Earth Pledge will also make a peace offering by giving out scarves made locally of sustainable materials. The low impact dyed organic wool is from Vermont. The worms survive in the making of the Peace Silk appliqué, and the label is organic cotton. This scarf was cut and sewn on the same street as the midtown Manhattan Earth Pledge eco office. The fermata – the musical scoring notation telling musicians to sustain the note at their discretion – is used over the earth in the Earth Pledge logo, and over the peace symbol on the scarf. Leslie Hoffman, Earth Pledge's Executive Director says, "Never has it been a more important time, with worldwide current events as they are, to spread the message of Peace. The fashion industry has a strong affect on this generation of consumers and we are demonstrating that style is attainable without sacrificing environmental values. The designers have produced stunning looks that capture the quality of the fabrics while embodying peace in every piece."Earth Pledge is a leading non-profit for providing innovative, sustainable solutions for businesses worldwide. Through its FutureFashion initiative, Earth Pledge collaborates with the world's leading designers, fabric mills and farmers to create successful solutions to the current environmental crisis. Earth Pledge provides consultations on reducing the carbon footprint and advises on alternative approaches that save money, increase returns on investments, and accurately communicate progress. Through its unique connection to academics, industry leaders and media, Earth Pledge provides manufacturers and designers cutting-edge solutions to sustainability concerns. Earth Pledge has partnered with an extraordinary roster of companies, all of whom share the conviction that sustainability is fully compatible with luxury and a contemporary lifestyle.
Monday, November 17, 2008
We are glad to announce that some new Anemone colorways and a new pattern called Madeira Vine have arrived. The New Anemones in: WildPlum, SunOrange & StormGrey feature a ground cloth of 100% Certified Organic Hemp in a herringbone construction. It's naturally soft and supple.
Our new dyes are 'fiber-reactive' and Oeko-Tex approved!
The Madeira Vine in ShaleSand is also printed on our herringbone, the Marigold colorway glows on our original Hemp twill. (name inspired by one of the beautiful Portuguese islands near The Azores)
Additionally, we will have 2 new patterns coming soon. We can't wait to share them with you.
Please contact one of our reps or you can call our office directly.
Our new, New England Regional Sales rep is:
The Laurel Guild Purveyors of Fine Textiles and Exceptional Furnishings
Post Office Box 812898 Wellesley, MA 02482
Thanks for visiting.
The Island of Madeira
Anemone / WildPlum
Anemone / SunOrange
Anemone / StormGrey
Madeira Vine / Marigold
Madeira Vine / ShaleSand
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
It's about time.
An Indonesian schoolboy reacts to the announcement that Barack Obama had won the election for the U.S. Presidency Wednesday Nov. 5, 2008 at Obama's former school in Jakarta, Indonesia. Throngs have packed plazas and pubs around the world to await U.S. elections results, many inspired by Barack Obama's promise of change amid a sense of relief that no matter who wins, the White House is changing hands. (AP Photo/Ed Wray)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Oliveira Textiles, Harmony Art, Rubie Green, OEco Textiles, Mod GreenPod and Lulan were included in her listing of those of us who are"thriving" or "ground breaking" leaders in the industry --You go girls!
Everyone is working hard to provide these beautiful textiles to the consumer. Although we are all at different stages of the ecolution of our product, it is so nice to know that we are all still pushing the envelope and growing the movement of toxin free textiles!
I applaude the unbelievable work ethic of OEco Textiles! Patty and Leigh--I sit in awe each time I read about your successes in eliminating the chemicals in your fabrics and juggling all of the players in your production. Truly remarkable! All of our stories are unique and our efforts deserving of much success. The best to all!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
....ok time to 'feed the blog'....yes we've been busy and haven't updated in many weeks...so here's a rundown.....
On Tues Aug 11th, after a rather stormy drive (torrential rain with hail) down 95 South that included all manner of weather except locusts, we arrived in New York. On August 12, 13 and 14 we participated in the S.O.S. event held at the Penn Plaza Pavillion on 7th Avenue in NYC. This was the Show Of Sustainable Sourcing for apparel, home & more. We had a small booth on the ground floor below the 'DIRECTIONS' international textile and surface design show. It was a great networking opportunity and all involved got to learn more about the specific talents of the eco designers, manufacturers and marketing experts who shared our intimate space. (not to mention how much I enjoyed reconnecting with so many dear industry friends and colleagues who were shopping the Directions show and also serrendipitously stopped by our table/exhibit at SOS) Thanks to the SOS team who made the days
fun and fruitful. Hope to see you all again at other events.
We are now completing our new collection of prints and hope to have them ready by late fall. We will be sending a web blast to all of our designer contacts as soon as it arrives.
Last month Deb had the chance to view a workshop/webcast from Washington-The Federal Trade Commission's session on "Green Washing"/Labeling--Here are some of her points of interest:
* The Organic industry has grown 35% between 2001-2007 driven by consumers making a lifestyle choice as well as those with allergy sensitivites.
* There are misleading claims in the industry -- It is the responsibility of the business to know their sourcing chain and to label accurately.
* Bamboo put through the viscose process or regenerated loses the properties of natural bamboo and is commonly referred to as rayon from bamboo and should be labeled as such. Pat Slater from Consumer Reports sited an article "Bamboozel by Rayon". She also states that although an inferior textile is not a hazard to life and limb, higher pricing on these specialty products DOES affect a consumers pocketbook.
*Katheleen Huddy from the GoodHousekeeping Institute says consumers are receptive to green products as long as they perform and don't cost much more
*The footprint of your product must be considered--Lifecycle Assessment. Patagonia leads the way in their "Footpath Chronicles" which currently measures the impact of 10 of their products. These are tracked on their website.
* An organic treatment for flame retardants is not yet available but GOTS permits where required by law.
*If you are using recycled materials--know what you are getting. Is it post industrial or post consumer?
Organic methods of production ARE beneficial and well documented in spite of what some may claim.
*Consumers are starting to recognize some third party certifications on labels. Oeko-Tex, Blue Sign and several others.
*Keep product label simple but clear and refer to your website for additinal information on the product.
*Are soy and milk fibers really green--jury still out?
And much more on Green Building developments-- see transcripts from FTC website.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
So, it's been two weeks since my last post. I don't know how time passes so quickly; but we've been busy and it has. Our Chicago reps at Urban Source sent these photos recently of their display windows. Note OT fabrics in "green". We, here in New England are also thrilled that the weather has finally warmed up. 3 Cheers for Spring!!! And thank you Rose.
On another note, my partner and I just recently took a 2 1/2 hour tour through a local New England Mill just to chat with the Mill Stylist about dyes and machinery, and finshing...and all those exciting, relevant textile issues that we are so consumed by these days. As our colleagues, Harmony, and Michelle know, we are on a quest to find a US mill willing to go 100% GOTS. This was not that mill unfortunately, but with a bit more perseverance we will find one . There are an increasing number of designers just like us looking for a certified mill so if these factories will just be a little more open minded, they would see the potential for business and seriously consider working with us to implement the necessary changes. Stay tuned.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
We are thrilled to announce that our "Shellgame" pattern in crimson is now appearing in Domino Magazine's Green Issue (pg 32). It's just great to see our prints out in the world, but especially in this publication because I love it! I found Domino several years ago while surfing 'design' sites on-line. I subscribed before it hit the stands because I really enjoyed the fashion sense of the products featured. You can also go to www.dominomag.com - our product is on the opening page today 2/17/08.
Gratefully, to the staff of Domino.