Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Whats all this about Soybean Fabric? 4 Interesting Facts on Soy!

Cotton is the worlds most used fiber, though commonly touted as all natural it is the most sprayed crop on Earth! In the US alone 80 million pounds of chemicals are used each year on conventional crops. One pound of cotton fiber has been sprayed with 1 1/4 pounds of chemicals by the time it is done and 7 of the top 15 pesticides used have been labeled a probable carcinogens to humans by the EPA. Whats the solution? Alternative fibers are sustainable and don't need the chemicals to grow effectively. Soy Protein Fiber also has a number of great additional properties of for the wearer and the environment. Soy is a renewable resource and the Soy Protein Fiber (SPF) is made using the by product of the soybean industry.

1. Soy Protein Fiber has antibacterial and UV radiation prevention properties.

2. SPF has great moisture absorption so you always feel dry and fresh.

3. Soy Fiber promotes the micro circulation of the blood capillaries and also contains many amino acids necessary to the human body. By touching the skin the fabric activates the collagen in the skin.

4. Soy Protein Fiber has a beautiful silky look and a nice cashmere feel. Nothing feels better than that!


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Spring Salts Organic Preview 2007!

Heres a preview of Spring 2007, coming to stores in April. This is our 100% Organic Cotton Bella wrap hoodies shown in a short sleeve design. Underneath is a the Today's the Day Tube top in Bamboo Fabric and Tencel (pine tree) fabric. These will be available for online shopping as well as at our retailers in the Spring. Check back at the Salts Organic Clothing website often for updates.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Why Organic Cotton?

Salts Organic Clothing uses on certified organic cotton. We also use sustainable fabrics like bamboo, soy and hemp. As Shelter Apparel we used regular cotton, it was hard to find organic cotton in the beautiful fabrics that we can find it in now. We have changed the name and began to use all organic and sustain ables because it is way easier on the environment of course. We also use it because the fabric feels amazing and has many great properties.

Each T-shirt made with 100% organic cotton saves 1/3 a pound of synthetic fertilizers and farm chemicals from entering the ecosystems. By ecosystems I mean the water you drink, the surf you surf and all the life you see outside your window. Cotton is also used as a food for cattle (the seed and fiber) and cottonseed oil is an ingredient in many processed foods. But because it attracts weeds and pests and is not considered a food in regular terms farmers load it up with toxic chemicals. Cotton is one of the most grown crops in the world so the effects from this are significant.

Conventionally grown cotton accounts for 2% of the farmland world wide. It is responsible for 10% of the worlds pesticide use and 25% of the worlds insecticide use. The crops are sprayed from above affecting near by streams, farm houses and people. In contrast organic cotton uses beneficial bugs and manure in place of the chemicals. Organic Cotton also uses crop rotation methods, hand-weeding and cover crops as methods to ensure good crops. To use a field as organic the field must be free of chemical for 3 years. The cotton is processed according to acceptable standards.

These are some of the reasons that Salts has chosen to go Organic!

Salts Organic Clothing

Monday, January 8, 2007

With a new name comes a new blog!

Shelter Apparel has been reborn as Salts Organic! To celebrate we have started a new blog. This blog will be about all things organic and stylish. The Salts Organic Clothing spring line is a mixture of organic cotton, bamboo, soy and hemp denim perfect for folks that want to do their part and look good. Salts is looking forward to being in a bunch of great stores this spring, including Ht Naturals, Fiber Options and Not Just Pretty. Look for us everywhere!

Thanks for all the supporters of Shelter Apparel, I am sure you will like Salts Organic much more.