We believe in using natural materials. We love cotton for its durability and breathability. The cotton we use in our tees is either standard cotton or organic non-gmo cotton. Some of which is GOTS certified. As we roll out new tees, we strive to continue in the direction of choosing organic when possible.
About 85% of discarded apparel ends up in landfill, making textile waste 5% of our landfills as a whole. The scary part is, these numbers are only rising. The way we contribute towards the management of this issue is using 100% discarded post-consumer textile waste to create our blankets. This breathes new life into something that would otherwise go straight to landfill.
RECYCLED WATER BOTTLES
In the U.S. alone, every second of every day, 1,500 plastic water bottles are discarded. These are a great contributor to our plastic pollution problem. Like with our blankets, we’ve found a way to divert some of that to a secondary use. A few of our tees include recycled polyester in them. This is RPET from recycled plastic water bottles. This allows for the desired comfort of polyester without having to produce virgin polyester.
LOVING OUR PLANET
We are huge lovers of our earth here at Wakened. This translates in both our personal life, the way we run our company and the structure of it. We strive to care for our earth by using recycled and natural materials like mentioned here, minimizing our packaging, designing intentionally and also supporting organizations doing things we don’t have the resources to do ourselves for our planet. Some of these include wildlife conservation, ocean preservation, domestic animal rescue and re-forestation.
The degradation of our environment is not to be taken lightly. Each day 200,000 acres of forest are cleared. The effects of this are much greater than just us. Countless habitats of wildlife are lost and often as a result, lives of innocent animals as well. Re-forestation has a large place in our hearts. Because of this, with the purchase of some of our products, 20 trees are planted. Together, we’ve been able to plant thousands of trees and counting!
Our blankets are something we are so proud of. We are proud because of the good they do! In other communities around the world, we are able to connect their goods with U.S. consumers. This is amazing because it allows them to make more money selling their products. In one village in particular in Tlaxcala, Mexico they have been able to come together and build a town center and school with the money made from weaving our blankets. When individuals get paid fairly and have consistent work, families are able to stay together, which make for stronger communities.
All of our blankets are hand made by artisans in Mexico, Peru and India. Many of the artisans in Mexico, are farmers as well. They are paid by weight of the blankets they weave in addition to being paid above the minimum wage. In Peru, there is a family who owns an Alpaca farm. Here is where the alpaca wool in one of our blankets comes from. Their alpaca herd is their pride and joy! No matter the country our blankets are made in, the artisans who make our goods are working under safe conditions, getting paid fairly and sharing their culture with the world!
Bamboo is a very sustainable plant. Being in the grass family, they are quick to grow. Much quicker than other trees. This makes it a sustainable choice because you can harvest it more frequently, without needing to start over with a new planting each time it’s harvested. Some of our tees are made up of bamboo viscose. This fabric is light, soft to the touch, breathable, cooling and even moisture wicking!