About Riley & Silver
Grab yourself a cuppa, sit back, relax and have a read about us below…
About our company
Here at Riley & Silver we are passionate about activewear.
Our clothing is perfect for that weightlifting or crossfit session, going for a run, during a yoga class, mountaining biking, exercising at home or a variety of other activities too.
We specifically love clothing made from alternative materials like bamboo, fair trade and organic cotton, as well as other standard materials like polyester etc. But the latter materials must at a minimum be produced in WRAP accredited factories.
We research the companies we use as best we can and ensure that all the companies we use have fairtrade/ethical policies in place.
The reason we do this is to try to ensure as best we can that the people who are making our clothing are not exploited or treated unfairly and that they receive a fair wage for the country they live in.
Ultimately if we’re going to treat ourselves well by wearing awesome clothing we want the people who make this awesome clothing to be treated well too, a win win situation for everyone!
And we promise that whilst supporting these companies, we’ll offer all our clothing at sensible prices that we’d be willing to pay ourselves.
This basically means we’ll never over price an item to make it seem like it is better quality or to make ourselves an inflated profit, when in reality we really only want to make enough to pay for our enormous peanut butter habits!
You won’t find any robots responding to your emails or messages, just normal human beings who think for themselves and respond to you as an individual, because that’s the way we think customer service should be done.
We’d now like to tell you about why we’ve chosen bamboo and organic cotton…
Why Bamboo and Organic Cotton in fitness clothing?
There are a myriad of reasons to use bamboo and organic cotton when it comes to fitness clothing, three very important one’s being:
- Better for our health
- Better for the health of the people who make the clothing
- Better for the environment
Below we offer you a brief look at some of the materials used to make bamboo and organic cotton fitness clothing and also some of the reasons why you might want to make the switch to wearing it yourself.
We won’t give you a lecture or a guilt trip as to why you might choose this type of clothing, just honest reasons and facts as to why it might just be the answer to some very important questions.
Textiles used in the clothing we sell:
The most popular textile product in the world is cotton. It is the most valuable non-food agricultural product, but due to the history of unethical labour practises, extremely hazardous chemical inputs and disastrous water misuse, it has been labelled as the world’s “dirtiest” crop.
Through the products we sell we actively support the growth and expansion of organic cotton farming, which (when certified by a recognised body), can guarantee ethical labour practises and improve the quality of the environment.
A large portion of the clothing we sell is made with certified organic cotton and new product lines are continually being introduced by the companies we buy from that contain organic-in-conversion cotton, which we believe helps conventional cotton farmers in the crucial period of transition to organic agriculture.
As soft as silk, half the price and fast-growing without water, pesticides or fertilisers, Bamboo has lots of potential as a sustainable textile, not to mention the softness and kind-to-skin properties that make it feel amazing.
Bamboo clothing can be breathable, naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. It’s one of earth’s most sustainable resources, but currently as a textile there’s a gulf between the sustainability of Bamboo as a crop, and the sustainability of the way it is processed.
We use companies that make sure their bamboo comes from a traceable, ethically accredited source and is processed according to specific environmental guidelines.
Other eco textiles that could be used in clothing:
Hemp is one of the most environmentally friendly and versatile natural textile plants on Earth – and one of the very first textile plants in human history.
Hemp is incredibly strong, requires no herbicides as it grows so fast that weeds can’t compete. It requires no pesticides as it is unpalatable to insects, and needs very little water to grow.
It is UV protective and anti-bacterial. You can use it for rope, bags, clothes, hats, insulation and plasterboard, almost anything in fact.
Hemp use has been traced back 10,000 years from hemp cord in pottery identified at an ancient village site in Taiwan. The first American flag was made from hemp, and Levi Strauss made his first pair of jeans from Hemp too.
Hemp is a bit of a legend, a tough, rugged fibre and quite probably the most sustainable textile fabric there is.
Tencel Lyocell, is it’s full name, and it is produced from the wood pulp of Eucalyptus trees certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), and the fibre carries the Pan-European Forest Council (PEFC) quality seal.
Eucalyptus is woody and therefore needs energy input to convert it into a soft fibre, suitable for clothing.
The Eucalyptus is reduced down then reformed into a spin-able fibre. This is done in a process with similar principles as other semi-synthetic natural fibres, such as Viscous bamboo fabric, but importantly the Lyocell process used to make Eucalyptus is much more benign and eco-friendly.
It is simply the most environmentally friendly man made cellulosic fibre available today.
Those were just some of the materials that the clothing we sell is manufactured from, and like us we hope you agree that they should very much be a part of the future of all materials used in making fitness & casual wear clothing.
But why should you want these type of materials in your clothing?
Lets use cotton as a perfect example…
First it is important to understand how conventional (non-organic) cotton is grown and produced in order for you to really see the whole picture of why organic cotton is safer and better for all of us.
Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop and epitomizes the worst effects of chemically dependent agriculture. Each year cotton producers around the world use nearly £1.6 billion worth of pesticides — more than 10% of the world’s pesticides and nearly 26% of the world’s insecticides.
Alarmingly, in many countries, children are employed in a variety of tasks from cottonseed production, to pesticide spraying and the annual cotton harvest. According to the Environmental Justice Foundation, the industry relies on a high level of forced child labour – a clear contravention of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
Conventional cotton growers typically use many of the most hazardous pesticides including aldicarb, phorate, methamidophos and endosulfan, broad spectrum organophosphates–pesticides originally developed as toxic nerve agents during World War II, as well as using toxic defoliants prior to harvesting.
Even when used according to instructions, they seriously harm people, wildlife and the environment poisoning farm workers and children, causing chemical drift into neighbouring communities, contaminating ground and surface water and killing soil micro-organisms, bees and other beneficial insects.
Sprayed herbicides and pesticides are highly mobile and are now found at the South and North Poles and in the Oceans of the world. They do not degenerate and will remain in the soil, air and water for very long periods of time. The by-products, Dioxins and Furans, accumulate in the food chain eventually ending up concentrated in the fatty tissues of animals which can be measured 20 – 30 years after exposure.
Pesticides kill 67 million birds each year in the USA alone and many more are suspected. The World Health Organisation estimates that at least 3 million people are poisoned by pesticides every year and 20 – 40,000 more are killed adding that the risks of dioxin to health and environment includes cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and liver damage.
Pesticides have been linked to infertility, suicidal depression and the most horrific birth defects imaginable. In addition to the practice of spraying, over 50% of the conventional cotton grown in the world is genetically modified.
So how is organic cotton different?
Better Quality Garments – organic cotton is stronger and softer than conventional cotton.
Better for your our skin – organic cotton is purer, more natural and contains less allergens. It’s less likely to trigger eczema in those with sensitive skin.
Fairer prices for farmers – organic farmers receive a premium for their cotton.
Better conditions for farmers & their families – conventional cotton uses a lot of toxic pesticides and fertilisers, organic cotton uses much less. Farmers, their families, local communities, wildlife & eco-systems are at far less risk from side effects of the acutely toxic chemical pesticides.
Growing sustainable, organic cotton allows farmers to change over from chemically-dependent farming to more biological sound farming.
Organic agriculture does not permit the use of genetically modified cotton or the over use of any toxic and persistent pesticides, using instead composted manures and cover crops to replace synthetic fertilizers; innovative weeding strategies are used instead of herbicides; beneficial insects and trap crops control insect pests, and alternatives to toxic defoliants prepare plants for harvest.
Organic farming, helps prevent topsoil erosion, improves soil fertility, protects groundwater, and conserves energy as well as protecting the health of children and women, who often are the key workers on cotton farms.
We hope that by providing you the above information you will agree with us that choosing organic, sustainable, ethically manufactured clothing is the way forward for all of us. Even more so for the fitness industry as a whole.
Yes it may cost that little bit more than conventional clothing, however, what is important is that the clothing will quite probably be better for the environment, your health and equally as important, the health of the people who made it!
We appreciate you taking the time to read this and everyone @ Riley & Silver says mahoosive THANK YOU! (^_^)
Feel free to come pay us a visit on our website… http://www.rileyandsilver.com