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You know all about my quest for a more sustainable closet, but did you know that Jeremia is working on some sustainable fashion goals as well? Finding stylish clothing that happens to be ethical and sustainable has proven to be a lot harder in the world of menswear. Luckily, this fashion revolution is growing, and more men are starting to hop on board! As Jeremia finds new favorites, I'll be sharing them with you so that my male readers (or my female readers' boyfriends, husbands and brothers) can feel good about their clothing purchases, too.
If you live in San Francisco, or are just a fan of casual, comfortable clothing, Marine Layer is a great option for you. This SF-based company is all about the materials, and actually got their start by spending a year developing the perfect, soft tee. Marine Layer tees get their super-soft feel from a special blend of materials; Pima Cotton and MicroModal.
Pima is a species of the cotton plant, originally grown in Peru, which has a longer fiber than more common types of cotton. This longer fiber lends a softer feel and greater durability to Marine Layer’s tees. MicroModal is a cellulosic fiber made from recycled beechwood. Cellulosic fibers (like Rayon, Tencel, Cupro, Viscose and Bamboo) are known for their luxuriously soft hand and can be made from a variety of raw materials, through a chemical process called extrusion. Certain cellulosic fibers are more planet-friendly than others, and in the case of MicroModal, the use of a closed-loop system in the extrusion process allows for all chemicals involved to be recaptured and reused indefinitely. The closed-loop system is what makes MicroModal more sustainable, where cellulosic fibers that do not use a closed-loop (Bamboo, Rayon, Viscose) cause nasty water pollution. Cellulosic fibers are quickly rising in popularity in the fashion industry, as they are cheaper than natural fibers (cotton, silk, wool, linen) and are less harmful to people and planet than synthetics (polyester, nylon).
All textile science aside, Marine Layer also shows a dedication to ethical, local production for the majority of their products, including all of their tees. From the very beginning, Marine Layer has produced their tees in three California factories. This practice allows the company to keep a close eye on working conditions, workers’ ages, and the design of the product itself. Not to mention, producing their tees in California cuts down on Marine Layer’s overall carbon footprint by keeping the production close to the design and distribution. As a smaller company, Marine Layer also prides itself on producing in small batches, meaning that there is rarely any excess clothing going to waste and every style they sell is unique!
I love the simplicity of Marine Layer’s commitment to sustainability, their values come from a place of practicality and care for the planet, the factory worker, and the customer, equally. Pima Cotton and MicroModal for the planet, soft tees for you and me! Another reason to love Marine Layer is their seriously laid-back, incredibly Californian attitude. These quirky and fun graphic tees make me feel like a kid again, tromping through the redwoods or watching the surfers in Santa Cruz. Jeremia immediately picked out his Stinson Beach graphic tee because it made him think of thick fog and the comforts of home. Whether you’re from the West Coast or not, Marine Layer’s soft tees will be perfect for your weekend adventures.
All images courtesy of Sabrina Chun.
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