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  1. What is low impact dye?

    A low-impact dye is a dye that has been classified by the international certification process, the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, as eco friendly. Generally, low impact dyes do not contain toxic chemicals or mordants (which fix the dye to the fabric), require less rinsing and have a high absorption rate in the fabric (~70%). High absorption rates and a decreased use of rinse water create less waste water.

    Obtained from OTA

  2. What are natural dyes?

    Natural dyes are eco friendly dyes or colorants derived from plants, invertebrates, or minerals. The majority of natural dyes are vegetable dyes from plant sources, including roots, berries, bark, leaves, wood, and other organic sources, such as fungi and lichens

    The early 21st century has seen a resurgence in the market for natural dyes in the fashion industry. Western consumers have become more concerned about the health and environmental impact of synthetic dyes in manufacturing, and there is a growing demand for eco friendly products that use natural dyes. The European Union, for example, has encouraged Indonesian batik cloth producers to switch to natural dyes to improve their export market in Europe.

    Obtained from OTA

  3. What is Fair Trade?

    Fair Trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear the Fair Trade logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated. They help farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities. They're a nonprofit, but not a charity. Instead of donating money, they teach disadvantaged communities how to use the free market to their advantage.

    Obtained from Fair trade USA

  4. What is Carbon Footprint?

    Today, the term "carbon footprint" is often used as shorthand for the amount of carbon (usually in tonnes) emitted by an activity or organization. The carbon component of the ecological footprint takes a slightly differing approach, translating the amount of carbon dioxide into the amount of productive land and sea area required to sequester carbon dioxide emissions. This tells us the demand on the planet that results from burning fossil fuels. Measuring it in this way offers a few key advantages.

    On a practical level, the ecological footprint shows us how carbon emissions compare and interact with other elements of human demand, such as our pressure on food sources, the quantity of living resources required to make the goods we consume, and the amount of land we take out of production when we pave it over to build cities and roads. The carbon footprint is 54 percent of humanity’s overall Ecological Footprint and its most rapidly-growing component. Humanity’s carbon footprint has increased 11-fold since 1961. Reducing humanity’s carbon Footprint is the most essential step we can take to end overshoot and live within the means of our planet.

    Obtained from Foot Print Network Organization

  5. What is a Natural Fiber?

    All fibers which come from natural sources (animals, plants, etc.) and do not require fiber formation or reformation are classed as natural fibers. Natural fibers are vegetable, animal, or mineral in origin. Some natural fibers, like vegetable fibers, are obtained from various parts of plants. They are provided by nature in ready-made form. Natural fibers include protein fibers, such as wool and silk, cellulose fibers, such as cotton and linen, and the mineral fiber asbestos.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  6. What is Eco Wool?

    Eco friendly wool or “eco wool” is sheared from free range roaming sheep that have not been subjected to toxic flea dipping and have not been treated with chemicals, dyes, or bleaches. Eco wool comes in natural tones of white, grey and black. All of the U.S. farmers who sign onto the Premium Eco-Wool program are educated in sustainable farming practices that are good for the people, the land and the animals. In turn, for following these sustainable principles, the farmers are paid twice the amount they would receive in the general wool pool. It is a win-win situation for everyone and a great example of how what is good for the environment is also good for the economy.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  7. What is Organic Cotton?

    Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organizations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  8. What is Recycling?

    Recycling is the process of making or manufacturing new products from a product that has originally served its purpose. If these used products are disposed of in an appropriate, eco friendly way, the process of recycling has been set in motion.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  9. What is Sustainability?

    The concept of sustainability centers on a balance of society, economy and environment for current and future health. Responsible resource management in all three areas ensures that future generations will have the resources they need to survive and thrive.

    Obtained from Sustainability. NCSU.Edu.

  10. What is bamboo apparel?

    Bamboo apparel is clothes made from either bamboo fabric and/or yarn. It is made from the pulp of an eco friendly type of bamboo called Moso Bamboo, the same type that the Chinese eat in many of their traditional dishes. In its un-spun form, it resembles cotton’s puffy ball form of light fibers which can then be spun into yarn or fabric. Bamboo is a natural cellulose fiber and is 100% biodegradable in soil by micro-organisms and sunlight.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  11. How do I wash my bamboo garment?

    Bamboo is as easy to care for as any cotton t-shirt, with one exception: it is heavy when wet. We recommend washing on the delicate cycle with similar soft garments.

    For best results, dry in the dryer on low to medium heat until about half to three-quarters dry to remove most of the water, then hang until completely dry.

    Bamboo apparel rarely needs ironing, but if required, please iron on a medium setting.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  12. What is Hemp Fabric?

    Hemp is one of the oldest and strongest natural fibers. Its existence dates back as far as 2000 B.C. Our first American flag was sewn from hemp fabric, and many of the first wagons headed West were covered with hemp canvases. Hemp fiber is harvested from the large annual plant, Cannabis Sativa. This industrial hemp has negligible alkaloid content and cannot be used to make drugs. There are countless other uses for the hemp plant, from paper to food products. It’s a high-yield crop that produces significantly more fiber per acre than either cotton or flax. Hemp creates one of the most eco friendly fabrics in the world. Hemp requires no pesticides, crowds out weeds without herbicides, controls erosion of the topsoil, and produces oxygen. It is a renewable resource that can be cultivated in as little as 100 days and is the world’s most versatile fiber. It’s also hypo-allergenic, great for hot weather, UV resistant, and an exceptionally durable and strong eco friendly fabric.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  13. How do I wash my Hemp garment?

    Use cold water when laundering hemp fabrics. Chlorine bleaches aren’t recommended. Typically, hemp fabric isn’t always colorfast. For that reason, wash dark colors separately. Or use a dye catcher sheet. Allow hemp to air dry. Using a dryer can cause wrinkles and make it shrink.

    Pure hemp can sometimes develop wrinkles. Just hang the garment up overnight so these can fall out. If you can’t wait, a touch-up ironing will be needed. Hemp can also be dry cleaned.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  14. What are Fruit Pigments?

    Fruit pigments are what make strawberries red and blueberry skins blue. In other words, fruit pigments are fruit colors. Our cosmetics are colored from fruit and vegetable pigments. All the antioxidants and vitamins are found in the pigments. Fruit pigmented patent-pending technology takes those healthy fruit pigments and puts it into our cosmetics. That is why we have blackberry mascara (mascara colored from blackberries), pomegranate wine lip gloss (lip gloss colored from red wine and pomegranate) and cranberry cheek tint (cheek tint colored from cranberries). The great thing with fruit pigmented cosmetics is that you are directly applying healthy fruit antioxidants and fruit vitamins directly onto your skin

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  15. What are vegan shoes?

    In relation to fashion, we use the word ‘vegan’ for all fashion products that have been produced without the use of any material that comes from animals. This also includes, for example, glues from which animals products can be traced.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  16. What is Tagua?

    Tagua, also known as nut of ivory or vegetal ivory, is the nut of the palm (Phytelephas Macrocarpa), a seed found only in the tropical humid forests of South America.

    The nut is very hard and rough, but when it is opened, you discover an ivory color pulp with dark veins and nacre sparkles. For centuries, the secret was well hidden in the tropical forests of Colombia where tagua nuts grow, from a palm whose tagua nut is now used as an exotic material in manufacturing jewelry, beads, handmade jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, accessories, decorations, utensils and other functional and decorative objects. It is exquisite to behold because of its varied forms and colors. Jewelers are able to use their imagination in the use of the Tagua nut, such as in the creation of fine accessories, like necklaces, rings and earrings.

    The durability of tagua and its similarity with animal ivory has been known for years. Tagua is a fabulous option for saving elephants by replacing the beautiful material of its eyeteeth with the exotic Tagua nut.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  17. How durable is my Tagua jewelry?

    The duration of the tagua nut will depend on the use and owner care of the product. The best way of maintaining the quality of product is to care for it as you would a wooden object.

    It is not advisable to submerge the product in water, since tradesmen use this method to expand, break down, and change its structure. If it gets wet simply dry with a soft cloth and later, wax and shine it.

    The perspiration or perfumes should not alter their state.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  18. What is Henna?

    Henna dyes the hair, skin, and fabric organically, similar to a black tea dye. This eco friendly substance is extracted from a tree by drying and grinding leaves and stems. The greenish powder, when mixed with an acidic liquid, makes a temporary red, brown, or orange design on a porous surface. People use henna in ritual skin painting, called Mehndi, for birth and marriage celebrations, and Western cultures have adopted it to make temporary tattoos and organic hair dye. The henna tree, Lawsonia inermis, grows in hot, arid regions, like North Africa and India. For centuries, people ground the foliage of the plant into a powder to dye cloth and skin. The strong pigment, lawsone, actually temporarily stains the skin. It is a tannin, like those found in wine and tea. They infuse porous surfaces with a darker pigment, but do not chemically alter the surface permanently.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  19. What are the benefits of using Henna Hair Dye?

    Henna can be used for both for men and women. It’s eco friendly, PPD free and contains no ammonia or peroxide.

    Henna blocks UV rays to prevent sun damage and strengthens your hair against split ends. It makes your hair glossy and shiny and adheres beautifully, providing the most natural color. Since the color fades gradually, it will not create ugly white or gray lines with growth.

    Henna conditions and protects your hair, instead of stripping your hair from the natural protein it needs to stay healthy and grow. It does not penetrate in the hair shaft to cause dry, lifeless, and brittle strands.

    Lustrous Henna colors contain herbs that have therapeutic values, as as opposed to chemical-based dyes that are known to cause cancer and severe damage to vital organs as they penetrate into the skin. It also contains herbs that are known to prevent hair loss, contain anti-dandruff properties, and improve the overall health of your hair. Beautifying qualities of henna have been established and admired for thousands of years. Famous beauties, such as Cleopatra and Nefertiti, have beautified their skin and hair with henna. Allergic reactions to pure henna are extremely rare.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  20. Can you tell me more about your toys and eating utensils made of recycled plastic milk containers?

    Our eco friendly toys and eating utensils use recycled milk containers as the main ingredient - yes, the exact plastic milk jugs that you and your family drink from every day. When you finish your milk and toss the container in the recycling bin, these milk containers are collected at your curb by a local recycling company, who then sorts them from all the other types of plastic. Next, the milk containers are reprocessed into super clean fresh plastic. For you plastic geeks, the plastic material used is called high-density polyethylene (or HDPE). This material is considered one of the safest, most eco friendly plastics around. So far, the production for these toys has used the amount of 16,866,488 milk jugs and counting!

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  21. How do I grow my seeded greeting card?

    Green thumb or all thumbs, anybody can grow wildflowers from seed paper! Some regions will have better luck with some seeds than others—but all regions will have a variety that thrives. Follow these tips, and you'll be enjoying beautiful wildflowers in no time!

    1. Plant the paper outdoors in the cooler months, fall through early spring. Fall plantings will take advantage of the winter rains to give you early spring blooms.
    2. Plant anytime indoors, then transplant to a more permanent location in early spring.

    How to Plant and Nourish

    1. Loosen the soil.
    2. Soak the seed paper in water overnight.
    3. Plant the wet seed paper in the prepared soil, at a depth of about 1/4 inch.
    4. Water well, especially during the first four to six weeks.
    5. Practice weed control.
*While perennials don't normally bloom the first year, your annuals will.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  22. What kind of wood is used for your wooden toys, and what makes it eco friendly?

    Our suppliers insist on using rubber-wood, an eco friendly, renewable resource. Rubber-wood is harvested as a by-product from the culling of rubber trees that are in excess of 25 years of age. These trees no longer produce latex for commercial applications and are cut down in order for new rubber trees to be planted. Not only is there no deforestation, but every part of the tree is employed to its maximum use. Also, the paints used for our toys are non-toxic and water based.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  23. How natural are the Eco-Dough ingredients?

    Ingredients include natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from annatto seed, beets, blueberries, carrots, paprika, purple sweet potato, red cabbage and spinach, flour, salt, cream of tartar, organic rosemary oil, vitamin E oil, soybean oil, coconut oil, potassium sorbate and citric acid. So natural that you can actually eat it!

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  24. Is my eco-finger paint all natural?

    Yes. Our eco-finger paint ingredients include flour, annatto seed, carrots, spinach, earth clay, red grapeseed, purple sweet potato, gardenia, red cabbage and cornstarch.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

  25. What makes my Wooden Construction Blocks sustainable and safe?

    Each block is precisely cut from Grade A Radiata Pine from certified renewable forests in New Zealand. It requires no glue, no snaps, no connectors and no magnets: just gravity, balance and imagination.

    Obtained from the principles of Sol Ne Supplier

  26. What is exactly Himalayan Pink Salt?

    Himalayan Salt is 250 million year old, Jurassic era sea salt. For centuries, Himalayan salts have been used as folk remedies for a variety of health issues. Praised for its natural benefits, such as soothing sore muscles and relaxing the body, Himalayan salt is used by health professionals, spas and individuals who are interested in utilizing natural products to heal the body and relax the mind. The health benefits of using natural Himalayan Crystal Salt may include:

    1. Controlling the water levels within the body and regulating them for proper functioning
    2. Promoting stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain
    3. Encouraging excellent blood sugar health
    4. Aiding in reducing the common signs of aging
    5. Promoting cellular hydroelectric energy creation
    6. Promoting the increased absorption capacities of food elements within the intestinal tract
    7. Aiding vascular health
    8. Supporting healthy respiratory function
    9. Lowering incidence of sinus problems and promoting over-all sinus health
    10. Reducing muscle cramps
    11. Increasing bone strength
    12. Naturally promoting healthy sleep patterns
    13. Creating a healthy libido
    14. In combination with water, it is necessary for blood pressure regulation
    15. Prevents cellulite, when compared to table salt
    16. Reduces chances of developing rheumatism, arthritis and gout, when compared to common chemically-treated salt
    17. Reduces chances of developing kidney and gall bladder stones when compared to common chemically-treated salt.

    Obtained from the principles of Solne Supplier

As the Sustainable Industry changes, we will continue to update terms and definitions.