Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's In Your Clothes?

Chemicals in your clothes you need to know about and what you can do to dress safely.



  Photo credit: rsgablog.com


Have you heard of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPE's)? What about carbon disulphide? They are chemicals commonly used in clothing manufacturing and if you live in the United States, you've absorbed both into your blood stream.

Nonylphenol ethoxylates are just one of over ten chemicals that are widely being used in clothes. The chemical has the ability to mimic natural estrogen hormones and is highly toxic. It is a hormone disruptor making it difficult if not impossible to have children. It affects our reproductive system and causes infertility. It's found in major clothing brands such as Nike, Adidas and Puma.

Carbon disulphide is most commonly used in the production of rayon fabric (modal-loycell-vicose-tencel). There's so much to say about the chemical that we're providing a link to an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) report: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/carbondi.html. We want you to see for yourself. The health problems associated with the chemical are simply too long for our article.

"CATA's" goal is to offer immediate alternatives in clean, organic and safe clothes by introducing you to the companies you've been looking for, helping you save and empowering you through knowledge. 

Find stylish organic apparel at the following CATA Partner's 


                                                                            
 


Organic "Ishwan" Maxi Dress



Waterfall Cardi
(rich yellow tone)



Wave Skirt

 Is it time for you to take the pledge? Visit: our website: http://www.cataorganic.com/Pledge.html. Follow us on Twitter@cataorganic use #Isupportcataorganic.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

CATA Now Published On EcoWatch





Are Your Clothes Toxic?

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Share CATA's links with family and friends. Help spread the word about toxic apparel. Be part of the solution.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Enter CATA Giveaway to Win $50


CATA Followers Are You Ready To Win BIG? 
  Our new giveaway ends July 17th. 
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Sizzling Red Hot Organic Romper by Silver Needle & Thread




Can You Believe This Stylish Modern Romper is Organic?


              It's custom sewn by Silver Needle & Thread and can be found at their on-line Etsy Store.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

How Clay and a Passion for Protecting the Earth Inspired this CATA Partner

It’s always exciting to find out how our partners began their organic apparel businesses, so when we read about Earth Creations story and how inspirational it is we could not wait to share it with our CATA Community. 


Founders Joy Maple and Martin Ledvina’s story on the evolution of Earth Creation is one full of magic on what appeared to be just another day. When Joy took her mountain bike off-road she ended up covered with Alabama red dirt. When Martin met Joy and her clay stained clothes years later it created a strong curiosity, and you can guess what happened next. Seventeen years later Earth Creations garments are still colored using natural clay dyes using the same process Martin originally developed using his chemistry background. Their brand has grown from their first “Alabama Dirt Shirt” to a full line of organic T-shirts dyed in a variety of colors for men, women and children. Their line of clay dyed apparel has an array of beautiful colors. Their commitment to protecting the Earth is practiced with the use of their clay dying process; it is eco-friendly and does not involve the use of synthetic dyes, or salt.  


The "Alabama Dirt Shirt" and other styles by Earth Creations

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ORGANIC. ECO-FRIENDLY. FASHION.


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CATA Confirms an Upcoming Guest Appearance on Toxic Free Talk Radio




We have an exciting announcement for the CATA Community today as we confirm an upcoming guest appearance on Toxic Free Talk Radio with Debra Lynn Dadd.

Debra Lynn Dadd has been "helping consumers live toxic free since 1982".  A trusted expert on living toxic free, she host a weekly radio show, and is author of  her published book "Toxic Free". She also maintains a website www.debralynndadd.com, where she shares various resources on how to continuously live and eat toxic free, all while, also providing personal consultations worldwide.

Join the weekly broadcast of Toxic Free Talk Radio on Tuesday, July 15th starting at 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM Eastern for Our Upcoming Guest Appearance







When you 
You join a Community that cares.
ORGANIC. ECO-FRIENDLY. FASHION.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Xylem Organic Clothing Plants a Gift for each CATA Pledge Member




We want to welcome Xylem Organic Clothing to the CATA Community and thank them for the gift they will plant for each of our CATA Pledge members. For every first purchase made by CATA members, Xylem will plant a tree in their name. It's not only a gift for our CATA Community members but a gift to our Earth and Environment.

Xylem Organic Clothing has a fresh approach when it comes to Organic and Eco-fashion. Founded by seamstresses and designers Danielle Brodsky and Jazzi Januari, they “combine their passion for personally creating comfortable and organic apparel and stylish clothing that reflects their commitment to environmental sustainability”.


Styles from Xylem Organic Clothing Collection





GYPSY VEST found on Xylem Organic Clothing


Xylem Organic Clothing KIDS


Xylem Organic Clothing not only brings a fresh approach but also commits to a green and sustainable business as members of Co-op America. Xylem Organic Clothing now honors the CATA Pledge discount of 10% off all purchases. Start saving on your organic wardrobe today when you join the CATA community!



When you 
You join a Community that cares.
ORGANIC. ECO-FRIENDLY. FASHION.

Monday, July 7, 2014

CATA Community: CATA is now LIVE on YTC Talk Radio


We are LIVE on
Your True Colors Talk Radio Today
Monday, July 7th, 11AM




CATA-Consumers Against Toxic Apparel will make a guest appearance on Your True Colors Talk Radio today.  

Join in right now and listen to learn more about the organic apparel movement and what you can do to protect your family's health, support sustainability and help heal our planet.


Take the Pledge to Wear The Change and Wear Organic! 


Who are we? The Consumers Against Toxic Apparel Story


CATA
Who are we?

CONSUMERS AGAINST TOXIC APPAREL
is a community of people and Organic Clothing Companies dedicated to helping you achieve an affordable Organic and Eco-Friendly wardrobe. 


"CATA was created with the purpose to connect conscious organic apparel consumers with organic clothing companies nationwide while creating a resource and providing an opportunity to save." -Patricia Davis | CATA Founder




Read Our Story by CATA Founder Patricia Davis



CATA Fashion: The Overall Style with Fed By Threads Organics



Organic "Kimberly" Jumper found on Fed By Threads Organics


You'll love the "Overall" style with Feb By Threads Organics. The Organic "Kimberly" Jumper is a 100% Hemp-Organic Cotton Blend and Vegan. Overalls are a wardrobe staple and this short style is great for Summer. Wear it with a cami, tanktop, chic French striped shirt, or layer with a printed t-shirt and a fun cardigan. The style possibilities are endless with the Overall style!


 Printed T Styles with Fed By Threads

Organic "Locally Grown" Women's T found on Fed By Threads

Organic "Happy Feminists" T found on Fed By Threads


Organic "Ganesh" Tanktop found on Fed By Threads

      











Saturday, July 5, 2014

Friday, July 4, 2014

CATA Interviews FiercelyGreen Founder Yana Averbukh





Q1: Your career experience in the Luxury Retail Industry is very impressive. Can you tell us about what brought you into the industry?

YA: I have been working in retail for over a decade and my philosophy has always been to keep learning and exploring different facets of the industry. Luxury Retail is a great platform for learning about branding, building value into your products and cultivating lasting relationships with your clients. 


 

Q2: We are sure your experience has prepared you for your curated online boutique, FiercelyGreen. Can you tell us how you got the idea to start a high fashion Eco-friendly boutique?

YA: The idea for FiercelyGreen first came to me while I was working on a project for an entrepreneurship class in a MBA program. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to leverage their experience while zeroing in on a future business idea. I was always curious about eco-fashion but saw very few examples of it in my day to day. As I started to do research and learn about current state of the retail industry and the amount of waste it generates, the reason and really the need for eco-fashion became apparent. However, when I actually tried to purchase a sustainably made item (I still remember it was a black pair of pants) I realized that it was nearly impossible to find. In that moment, the niche and need for a high fashion sustainable retail store became apparent.


Q3: We love the idea behind FiercelyGreen to give Eco-fashion Designers a platform, how do you go about selecting the designers?

YA: I look for beautiful design that is intertwined with an eco-friendly and sustainable manufacturing and sourcing. Each designer I currently feature on my site has been able to integrate at least one of these processes into their line. For instance, Madera Rogers, designer of MerelyMe, sources linen from Ireland where it is manufactured using cold water. She then designs and manufactures locally in Brooklyn, NY. She was able to partner with a sewing collective, which employs women who are looking for job re-entry to manufacture her ready-to-wear. 






   


Passchal Orange Lamb Skin Clutch found on FiercelyGreen


Q4: Why do you feel it is important to wear Eco-Fashion? 

YA: The desire and need to purchase new clothes is not likely to decrease in the future. At the same time, people are becoming more aware of the negative side effects of current retail manufacturing processes and resulting need to protect the environment and their own health. With that reality in mind I think it’s the perfect time for eco-fashion industry to show consumers that they don’t have to sacrifice on style, while choosing an item that is either made from organic fabric or was sustainably produced. Wearing eco-fashion not only makes you feel good because you are wearing a beautiful item, but also because you are making a positive impact on the environment and, or community by supporting these upcoming eco-designers.

American Flora, another designer featured on FiercelyGreen is a line of beautiful beach wraps inspired by the beauty of natural world. Each garment is made with Repreve Polyester fabric created using recycled water bottles – the greenest, most comfortable performance fabric on the market, which ensures the ultimate combination of luxury and total green integration, from material to manufacturing.


 
Q5: Where do you see the future of Eco-Fashion clothing, down the road maybe five years from now?

YA: Eco-fashion is slowly increasing its footprint and influence. As more people become aware of the harsh cost of current manufacturing practices, as well as, availability of more positive options, the switch toward greener processes will hopefully become inevitable. The smaller designers, such as those on FiercelyGreen are able to pivot their supply chain much faster than the big established brands, at the same time their influence is very limited by their size, which is why it is so important to give them visibility because of the green ripple effect they will help to perpetuate in the industry in the future.


Q6: What is your best #WearOrganicTip or Wear Eco-fashion Tip for some of our readers interested in starting their very own Organic and Eco wardrobe?

YA: Switching to eco-fashion does not mean tossing everything you own and starting from scratch! I think a lot of people are put off by the idea that they have to invest in a brand new wardrobe at once, which is not the case. My goal is to try to find an eco-friendly or sustainable option for each new item I need or want. This way I am slowly integrating eco-fashion into my wardrobe. Each eco designer has their own aesthetic and the goal of my site is to bring together a wide assortment, which would satisfy different tastes. By signing up for newsletter on FiercelyGreen you can stay on top of every new designer who joins the site and easily find your new favorites!  


Yana Averbukh is wearing fabulous Eco-Fashion, a Cotton Plant Puff Flutter Sleeve Mini Dress by ShirinNYC, Earrings by MerelyMe both found on FiercelyGreen, and a Stylish Trilby hat made of 100% Paper.

Learn more about FiercelyGreen and shop the beautiful curated collection

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