Monthly Archives: October 2011
Some of you may have heard about the Keystone XL Pipeline but may not know the details of this massive project. The plan is to bring crude oil from Canada that will travel at high pressure across Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to Gulf Coast refineries. Don’t worry, this isn’t a blog post to “preach” our point of view and why we think it’s right. This is a blog post about standing up for something you feel strongly about, using your voice and your rights to exercise your freedom to share your opinions, no matter what they are.
Some movements are easy to ignore, while others stir an emotional reaction that get you off your seat. It’s our right as American citizens to speak openly and sometimes loudly about a cause we feel is worth fighting for. Often we find unity in groups who share the same desire to spread a message or make our voice that much louder. Whatever the cause remember it’s your right to speak up about it.
Piece x Piece went downtown yesterday to show support, along with many others that we are AGAINST the XL Keystone Pipeline. We believe this plan will have catastrophic affects on people, drinking water, land, water ways, eco-systems, and wildlife. For us it is vital to stand up for environmental causes because it’s part of our ethos as a company. We stood peacefully with so many others to share a message that we think needs to heard.
Whether you believe in fighting for or against the XL Keystone Pipeline or fighting to Save the Whales, it’s your right to stand up and share your point of view. The First Amendment is an important one and as Americans we have the right to speak up about the issues we see value in.
“Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.” ~Voltaire
For more information on the XL Keystone Pipeline please visit. http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/08/23/23greenwire-with-emotions-high-and-evidence-low-corrosion-11949.html
We would love to introduce to you, the amazing Malia Mills. We recently received a generous donation from this New York based collection. Focused mainly on swimwear, Malia Mills is your go to for sexy suits that will make you feel gorgeous while hitting the beach or laying by the pool. This is not to say that Piece x Piece will be debuting swimwear anytime soon, Malia’s collection comes complete with looks to layer over her jaw dropping swimsuits and those are the sample fabrics we were lucky enough to receive.
We love Malia’s philosophy about a woman’s body. She works hard to create swimsuits that not only flatter women but also empowers them. Her ready to wear collection includes dresses, tunics, pants, sweaters, jackets and accessories so you’ll have a complete look that is sure to turn plenty of heads.
“at malia mills we don’t want to change the way you look, we want to change the way you look at yourself. our mission is to inspire women, no matter what brand of swimwear they have on, to look in the mirror and to smile at what they see.” -Malia Mills
Want to see for yourself? Check out Malia’s website and find the PERFECT swimsuit for your body and for your next warm weather getaway. Sure it’s Fall, but it’s always summer somewhere else so it’s best to be prepared for that unexpected trip.
And check out this video of a recent California photo shoot with Malia Mills
Thank you so much Malia! We love everything you sent us and have already created some pieces we love using your donation.
Hey, in case you haven’t heard we just launched our brand spankin’ new online shop! It has all the latest PxP styles and for the first week you can score a one-of-a-kind piece of your very own and save 20%! Use promo code NOWOPEN at the check out. Happy Shopping!
Here are some behind the scenes pictures from our photo shoot back in August. Note our crazy photographer hanging from a rope to capture the right shot. All in a days work right Stevan? Special thanks to Reeves Sinnott, Michaela Montfort, Lin Wang, Rob Duncan, Emily Brunner, Stevan Nordstom and Noble Studios for all your hard work getting the site up and looking good. Could not have happen without all of you.
Stop reading this post and go check out our shop already! : )
“It takes 700 gallons of water to grow the cotton to produce just one T-shirt.” -USAGAIN
Textile recycling is thankfully a growing business headed by companies committed to lowering the mass quantities of garments thrown away each year. With proper reuse and redistribution of unwanted garments not only do we help others by providing them with affordable and clean clothing, but we also help ourselves by slowing the rate of garbage ending up in landfills.
Textile recycling can mean either the collection of garments for redistribution, or it means that the goods collected will actually be broken down into new materials. Either way hundreds of thousands of tons of unwanted garments stay out of landfills every year.
BCR Global Textiles is a large scale textile recycling company that takes quality donations and redistributes them to other countries. People are encouraged to use the donation banks set up, where garments, shoes and bras are collected and sorted on a massive scale. BCR not only creates jobs itself but also creates jobs for the businesses who sell the recycled garments abroad and thus provides inexpensive clothes for third world countries throughout the globe. Here is an amazing video that takes a closer look at the entire process:
Founded in 1948, The Bureau of International Recycling pioneered the interests of the recycling industry on an international scale. During the sorting process items are classified as wearable and sent to be sold secondhand or as unwearable and sold to the ‘flocking’ industry for shredding and re-spinning into new fabric and yarn. Textile materials are shredded or pulled into fibers and the yard is re-spun ready for later weaving or knitting. Of all collected textiles, approximately 50% are reused and 50% are recycled.
Patagonia has been using fabrics made from recycled fibers for years, they have now teamed up with eBay to launch a trend to resell used Patagonia items online. As firm believers in the notion that we shouldn’t buy more of what we don’t need, Patagonia is encouraging it’s customers to resell their used items to help complete the circle. Way to go Patagonia!
Dress for Success may be one of the more recognizable names in the not-for-profit and textile recycling world. They have been around since 1997 and have helped more than 550,000 women around the world to find work and become financially independent. Offering services designed to help women not only find jobs by giving them clean appropriate work work attire, but to also remain employed.
So whether you are contributing to large scale textile recycling company, donating to the Goodwill or selling your unwanted jeans to Crossroads or Buffalo Exchange make sure you are part of the solution and not the problem. We aren’t guaranteed to have this Earth forever and if we aren’t careful we will continue to see serious and rapid decline of our oceans, forests and even the neighborhoods around us. Let’s not take our beautiful Earth for granted!
“50% of textile waste is not biodegradable” -Fashion and Earth
More links on ways you can help and where to donate: