Earth Day was first celebrated in the United States on Wednesday, April 22, 1970. There were parties, teach-ins and gatherings of all kinds dedicated to environmental awareness on about 2,000 college campuses, thousands of primary and secondary schools, and in individual communities across the country. Over half a century has passed, yet Earth Day's mission remains the same: to support, sustain and make more clean communities worldwide.
While it might feel a little overwhelming to want to implement more sustainable practices, or to offer more sustainable products, remember that small steps can still make a big difference. Start with just a few new practices, a few new products, and you’re on your way.
At ICP we’ve been proud to continue to provide more and more sustainable products to customers. The demand is high and we’re excited to be part of the trend. We understand how important it is to take the time to truly understand each part of our product’s stories, to take steps towards reducing our environmental footprint, and offering and growing number of products that are sustainable.
- The District® Re-TeeTM and Re-FleeceTM family is born from scraps and worn with pride. Made with 100% recycled fabric, these styles are made from reclaimed materials that could otherwise end up in a landfill. The colors are derived from the original scraps, meaning valuable resources are saved from no longer needing to undertake the dying process. This is an exciting family of styles to watch as it continues to grow in popularity in demand.
- ICP is both honored and thrilled to offer our customers the ethically and environmentally conscious brand, Allmade. Founded by screen printers for screen printers, Allmade is an impact-driven company that is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and reducing our industry’s impact on the environment. Feel your impact in this crazy-soft sustainable tee that uses an equivalent of up to 6 recycled plastic water bottles per tee. All yarn is spun, knit, fabric dyed and finished in the U.S.A.
- Packing every one of their bags with purpose, Cotopaxi is one of our newest brands we offer and their sustainable product design is one-of-a-kind while also empowering the individuals who make their gear. Made with high-quality, remnant fabric originally produced for other purposes, this means that less waste ends up in landfills. In addition, the sewers who make the bags are free to choose which fun color combo goes together, giving them final creative control over every pack.
- When it comes to small steps making a difference, the Port & Company® Core Blend Tee is a perfect example of how a little recycled adds up a lot over time. This cotton/poly blend tee is made with up to 5% recycled polyester from plastic bottles, so it helps reduce waste while also being a comfortable tee.
Sustainability in the apparel industry is a trend that is continuing to grow in practice, excitement and interest. More and more customers are putting their money where their sustainable-beliefs are and it’s a great time to get in the game.