WE ARE EATING OUR CLOTHING
Here at Ungalli, our amazing + incredibly conscious customers have raised a lot of concerns about the microfibers that shed off almost all of our clothing when we wash them (all clothing, not just Ungalli). If you aren't aware of this issue yet, here's the gist:
Every time we do laundry, our clothes shed tiny, unseen microfibers (including plastic), which go down the drains of our washing machines and into our waterways. That’s not great for the animals living in those waters, or for us. Eventually they end up being eaten by ocean life, and then ultimately by us humans. Karma anyone???
The ultimate solution is to use only 100% natural fibers for clothing. Sadly, there is way TOO MUCH garbage on this planet to not re-use it and turn it into clothing.
We've been hunting down solutions for our customers for the past year, and here's what our team came up with:
1. As of November 2018 we are introducing 100% Organic Cotton Clothing for our customers who want to keep it 100% natural. (Versus our 50% organic cotton/50% recycled poly blend).
2. For our customers who want to keep trash out of the landfill and turn it into clothing instead, we introduce to you - the Cora Ball. The first microfiber collecting laundry ball. This amazing company is based out of Vermont, and we are incredibly grateful for their genius!
HUMAN-SCALE SOLUTION TO THE MICROFIBRE PROBLEM
The Cora Ball is a new kind of laundry ball. Inspired by the way coral filters the ocean, the Cora Ball collects our microfibers into fuzz we can see, so we can dispose of microfibers in the right way. Together, we keep these microfibers out of our waterways and our ocean. Yes! Just toss the Cora Ball into your washer. It's a simple step that has a big impact wash after wash.
HOW THE CORA BALL WORKS
Most washing machines do not have filters. The ones that do are only good to keep keys and coins from clogging your pipes. A standard filter cannot do what needs to be done: catch fibers too small for the human eye to see AND allow water flow.
So, we turned to nature. Coral does exactly what we need; it catches tiny things from flowing water. Using those same principles in the design of the Cora Ball, you can now just drop, or throw it into your washing machine and do your wash as usual. It is easy to use and easy to clean.
Cora swooshes around in the laundry and just like coral, allows water to flow, while picking up those little pieces of microfiber and catching them in her stalks.
Huge thanks to the countless amount of concerned Ungalli customers who have emailed, called, and messaged us with your concerns. You are the reason we were so determined to find a solution.
For a cleaner Ocean, and a cleaner planet <3
Did you know that in the United States alone, approximately 11,600 cedar trees are cut down to create the 2 billion pencils made each year? That's a lot of trees!
When you're heading back to school this year keep these simple, but effective tips in mind.
- Buy a reusable lunch bag/box. No more lunches in plastic bags please.
- Inventory your school supplies before buying more. This is a big one! Do you really need another new ruler? Do you have unused notebooks from last year? Only buy what you need. Make a list and stick to it!
- Encourage school cafeterias to buy local. Whether it's your universities pub, or your kid's cafeteria. Every little bit counts!
- Buy Used Textbooks (no brainer!)
- Parents - please don't idle your car infront of your kid's school.
- Choose sustainable school supplies. Look for school supplies wrapped in limited packaging and seek out greener supplies when possible. Choose recycled or mechanical pencils, refillable pens, and paper clips made from recycled steel.
- Choose non toxic school supplies. PVC, also known as vinyl, contains chemical additives including phthalates that are linked to asthma, learning disabilities, diabetes and other chronic health problems. Vinyl is commonly used to make lunch boxes, backpacks and three-ring binders. Choose backpacks made from recycled PET or natural canvas. Avoid the shiny, plastic models that often contain PVC.
- Choose a sustainable + ethical wardrobe. Check out thrift stores for second hand clothing, and buy new clothes from brands that are committed to sustainable + ethical practices, like Ungalli ;).
Happy back to school everyone! Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen!
What happens to your phone case after you're done using it? Have you ever wondered?
Sadly, it ends up where all plastic does: rivers, oceans, beaches, the bellies of precious ocean creatures, and ultimately even in your own stomach.
How can you personally be a part of the solution though?
Last month we had the opportunity to make custom Ungalli tees for a really cool company called Pela Case. They make phone cases from 100% plant based materials which makes them plastic free and compostable! How amazing is that!?
Some other cool features of the case:
- Amazing protection from drops and scratches.
- 100% compostable case & plastic free packaging.
- BPA-free, eco-friendly and child-safe.
- Donations made to environmental initiatives from each sale.
Pela Case is also a Canadian company! They're shipping Canadian products all over the world, making it a better place for everyone. You know our motto: The World Needs More Canada!
Next time you need a new case do the world a solid, and buy a Canadian Pela Case!
Enjoy the sunshine!
Recently Ungalli was awarded $5000 to giveaway to charity as part of our Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature. We ended up splitting the money and choosing 4 important causes, and here they are. We can't reinforce this enough: This is all because of you! Without you there is no Ungalli. Thank you!
$2000 to Bear Valley Rescue,
"Bear Valley Rescue" rescues horses in Canada destined to be slaughtered for meat (mostly eaten overseas). They rehabilitate them and find them loving homes, or provide sanctuary for them at the rescue if they can't be rehomed. Read more about their amazing work here .
$1000 to Disrupt It Weekend,
Disrupt It Weekend brought together bright, passionate, entrepreneurial enthusiasts to provide solutions to sustainability challenges in Northwestern Ontario over a 54 hour period. The winning team for the "People's Choice Award" received a $1000 prize from Ungalli to put towards their new business. Read more about the weekend here .
$1000 to New Hope Dog Rescue,
A charity that's been close to our hearts for a long time. We even have a t-shirt dedicated to them.
$1000 to Caring Hearts Cat Rescue and Sanctuary,
Caring Hearts Cat Rescue and Sanctuary is a joint community effort focused on stray and feral cats/kittens in Thunder Bay and surrounding areas. If you're interested in fostering or adopting check them out here.
Thank you so much for showing your support for sustainability and Ungalli. We hope you’ll continue to support our partnership with these amazing organizations!
Spoiler Alert: We're teaming up with a couple of these charities and designing some new tees for them. Available online soon!