Reduce, Recycle, Reuse - coined long before GR8LKS, is a core tenant of our culture and product development criteria.
Besides building on our $1 = 1 Minute promise, our eco-friendly apparel line provides our customers a way to give back to the environment as well.
Ways GR8LKS reduces environmental footprint:
Certified Organic Cotton – farmed without insecticides, pesticides, & chemical fertilizers.
Low impact dyes reduces water quality impact of manufacturing.
RPET – creating a soft fiber from otherwise discarded plastics.
Biodegradable fabric softeners and water recycling at our manufacturer’s facilities, reduces consumption and cuts down on water treatment and waste water.
Support of environmental non-profits like Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Certified Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is farmed without insecticides, pesticides, & chemical fertilizers. This is one eco-friendly option that we have. Traditional cotton farming accounted for over 10% of total pesticide use and nearly 25% of insecticides used worldwide creating concern for drinking water supplies, wildlife, and the environment. While organic farming of natural cotton fiber is more expensive compared to traditional farming, it saves pesticide and herbicide use, soil and water degradation, and also wildlife.
Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (RPET)
Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (RPET) is made from recycled polyesters, recycled plastics and pure, 100% organic cotton. When making RPET clothing 90% less water is used and helps to take some of the millions of bottles out of the waste stream by using recycled plastics.
First, collect and sort post-consumer plastic bottles, stripping them of all labels and caps. Next, salvage cotton from discarded industry scraps, which are also sorted by color and blended with polyester. The reclaimed fiber is then spun into yarn and knit into fabric, which is ultimately cut and sewn into a garment.
Our apparel also contains a combination of 100% organic cotton combined with Recycled Polyester and Rayon. Rayon is biodegradable and is produced from renewable cellulosic plants such as beech trees, pine trees, and bamboo.
Light, strong, soft to the touch, and requires less dye compared to conventional cotton. Bamboo fabric absorbs moisture away from your skin, keeping you drier. Bamboo is one of the fastest renewable resources, growing incredibly quickly, and using about 1/3 less water than cotton to grow. This fabric also has insulating properties and will keep you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.