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Fleece Clothing and the Environment

Fleece Clothing and the Environment

Fleece Clothing and the Environment

I have become acutely aware of the damage that washing Fleece Clothing and all synthetic clothing does to the environment about 8 month ago.

Since then I have been watching developments worldwide, and I am delighted to have found an answer.

All synthetic clothing, Fleece Clothing included, shed microfibres in the wash. These microfibres are not, or only over a long period of time, biodegradable.

They are absorbed by fish and plants, and this way make their way into our food chain. It is a very alarming state of affairs that needs to be addressed now.

This is a problem that is happening now, and we can do something about it.Mens Fleeces

The solution

Two guys, in Berlin Germany, saw the problem, and felt the urgency to act for a healthier environment.

Alexander Nolte and Oliver Spies researched and brainstormed the situation and came up with the idea of the ‘Guppy Friend’.

A bag that you put your washing into, before you put it into the washing machine. This bag will filter out the micro fibres.

After the wash you pick the fibres out of the bag and dispose of them in a responsible manner. Check with your local recycling policies.

The development of the bag was partly crowdfunded and partly funded by Patagonia.  The whole project is Non Profit, it is for the well being of the planet. You can now order the Guppy Friend here, to do your bit to protect the sea from polyester micro fibres.

Fleece clothing, a responsible approach Shop now

Warm Beret Hat and wristwarmersWhen I read about the negative effect of fleece clothing on the environment, I felt devastated.

A lot of my fleeces are used by children and babies, and as a mother, the thought of damaging their present and future environment was not a pleasant one.

But it is not just for them, it is for all of us. These micro fibres are now getting  into our food chain. Neither Washing machine manufactures nor sewerage plant designers seem to have come up with a proper filtration method.

My waste water goes, via a sewerage treatment plant at the end of the village, into the sea. As far as I am aware, microfibres are not caught in the filters.

All this is relatively new, and I know it takes time to develop new filtration systems. I hope that all responsible washing machine companies will take these findings into consideration in their development programs.

In addition, I hope that sewerage plants will update their filtration.

A healthy Environment is up to us

It is up to us, that enjoy the comfort and convenience of  fleece clothing, to take care of the side effects. Therefore the ‘Guppy Friend’ is the immediate solution.

Due to overwhelming demand of the initial production run, the distribution is not great as of yet. I have been in touch with the guys, and they will let me know when we can buy ‘Guppy Friends’ online. A link to purchase is there but not working yet.   Please remember this is a not for profit project, it is a big project, it will take a little time.

In the meantime please wash your synthetic clothing, fleeces included, in a 30 degree wash, some machines call it eco wash. I recommend that on my wash care labels.

An extensive research program earlier this year by Patagonia has shown that the lower temperature wash causes less shedding. Modern washing powders are designed to work well in low temperature washes.

Our Planet        

It is our planet, and therefore we have to take care of it in our daily lives.  We can not trust the governments and the big corporations, their goal unfortunately a lot of the time is money or power at all costs.

Most of them don’t care, it baffles me since their lives and children are just as affected by environmental destruction as ours.

Or maybe they think they will clear off to Mars or something to create another mess? I really don’t get the thinking.

Maybe it is the same thinking irresponsible farmers had/have, they inject the animals for sale with all sorts of stuff, and keep the animals for their own consumption apart?

It’s hard to do on our ever shrinking the planet isn’t it?

Our choices

We will have to continue/start from the bottom up, maybe we can teach them. We can change a lot  by the choices we make as consumers. What brands we buy, whether we buy quality that lasts and won’t land on landfill, or the opposite. Whether we recycle or not, demand less packaging or not etc, etc.

If you think about it, if we don’t buy low quality foods, clothes etc, they won’t make them, since there is no demand, they make no money.  Very simple.

Our health and wellbeing is symbiotic with the health and well being of the planet.

Our health and happiness as well as that of future generation depends our choices.

A very empowering thought don’t you think?    We can make a difference!


On that note I will sign off for today, I will keep you updated on all matters ‘Guppy Friend’.

Chose wisely for your health and happiness, have a nice summer holiday  Shop now

All the very best       Sabine

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Womens Fleeces for the summer

Sunset achill island

Really, Womens Fleeces for the summer?

I hear you laugh, but wearing nice Womens Fleeces in the summer is not unusual.

And really,  unless you are hitting the southern hemisphere, most summer evenings need a little wrap up. Especially by the sea when the evening breeze comes up.

No,  I am not jinxing the summer, just being realistic.

So I have put my thinking cap on and have been working on a few loose and very funky fleeces. Something simple and elegant, at home on the beach, the garden or in a fancy restaurant.

That was the brief in my head. So here is number 1) a very simple loose coat, 3/4 sleeve , 1 button in the style of a long cardigan. I thought it would be very elegant over white or cream linen trousers , or casual over shorts for a walk on the beach. womens Fleece cardigan                                               2) A funky little short Jacket, classic and for a change                                                                 in black. (never do much in black)

Womens Fleeces Swing Jacket             3) The groovy, oh so comfy Jumper big and baggy, more like a Poncho  Comfort pure

Ladies summer coatWomens Fleeces comfy jumper

Of course they will be available in a whole range of colours, just fancied making in these colours for a change.

What do you think of the look, Funky, Cosy Elegance, for all occasions ?

These new Items are just a preview , not online yet, as I had a very frustrating week with the techies from my website host. Asking them to do a job, and job not done…….    the usual.

I am changing the look and performance of my online shop with a new theme, to make it easier and more enjoyable to browse my shop. But it all takes time, my patience is tested.

Patience one of the most important things in life.   As mothers and fathers our patience is well worn and tested every day.  Is there any point in loosing the head?

Have a great week, and let me know what you think,   All the best Sabine




Want to be cosy in a Ladies Fleece Hooded Jacket?

Ladies Fleece Hooded Jacket

The love for my Ladies Fleece Hooded Jacket

I just know the day, cold and drizzling, having to go outside, in need of some comfort. [maxbutton id=”2″ ]

And there it is my Ladies Fleece Hooded Jacket, all cosy and warm for my quick dash outside. Just as important as a hot mug of chocolate, hood up and it doesn’t feel too bad.  Ladies Fleece Hooded Jacket/Coat

The joy of Fleece fabric, instant cosiness , doesn’t get that wet and  rain sits on top, of course, it dries quickly.

Now back in and that lovely mug of…….

And here you go comfort, warmth and softness in a piece of clothing to ease your day. And since all our Blackfield Clothing Fleece Jackets also look smart, doesn’t it make you feel good?

Ladies Fleece Hooded Jacket/ CoatIt is all these little things that make our days. The nice Fleece Jacket, that not only looks great, but also feels wonderful. The flowers on the table, the robin in the tree, the shells on the beach, all make us smile, make us feel good.

I see so many people walking the beach with their headphones in, not paying attention to their surroundings.

What is that about, is the sound of the see not beautiful and calming, is the sound of the trees not magical?

Being preoccupied with whatever comes through the headphones, stops you noticing all those little wonders of nature. The birds, the flowers, the grass, the colours of the stones. All this inspires me, makes me smile, even or maybe just because of a grey day.  The little rays of magic, we need to appreciate them, go and see them again.

Enjoy the simple comforts of life, the simple beauty of nature, life is too short to be miserable. Enjoy the sun, spring, and open your eyes, nature is beautiful.  Have a great week      Sabine   [maxbutton id=”2″ ]

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