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Blueseablue is all about free-spirited clothes which make you feel luxurious and beautiful. Its organic fabrics, earth-friendly dyes, and high quality. Its about the wind in your hair, feeling good in your skin, and the natural world at your fingertips.

Everything is hand-made by me, starting with ideas, drawings and big rolls of organic fabric, then cutting and sewing the clothes, and finally hand-dyeing them with earth-friendly dyes. Then finally, they get to you, along with a breath of sea-salt, too.

Have a look at my facebook page for lots more infor about sustainable fashion and environmental issues. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blueseablue-The-Blue-Sea-Eco-Clothing/244905942228018?sk=wall

Why organic?

Organic cotton is incredibly soft. Its also totally…

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  • Joined November 16, 2008

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organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, procion dye, hand batik, natural indigo dye, jersey knit, rib knit

About

Blueseablue is all about free-spirited clothes which make you feel luxurious and beautiful. Its organic fabrics, earth-friendly dyes, and high quality. Its about the wind in your hair, feeling good in your skin, and the natural world at your fingertips.

Everything is hand-made by me, starting with ideas, drawings and big rolls of organic fabric, then cutting and sewing the clothes, and finally hand-dyeing them with earth-friendly dyes. Then finally, they get to you, along with a breath of sea-salt, too.

Have a look at my facebook page for lots more infor about sustainable fashion and environmental issues. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blueseablue-The-Blue-Sea-Eco-Clothing/244905942228018?sk=wall

Why organic?

Organic cotton is incredibly soft. Its also totally healthy - there are no nasty chemicals to be absorbed through your skin. But for me, the best reason is this: if you buy organic, you're paying farmers to stop polluting. You're paying farm workers to labour in healthy conditions, without cancer-causing pesticides and fertilisers. You're paying for ecosystems to be protected, for the streams and rivers to be chemical-free, for the oceans to be that much cleaner, for the birds, insects, fish, forests, and the humans who work there to be protected. Imagine if everything we bought was organic? We would be healthier, and so would everyone, and everything else.

About the fabrics:
My organic cotton is the softest cotton I've ever felt. Its milled in Australia and travels a short distance to reach me. Its a good quality fabric, which is very important to me because I believe clothes should last and last. The yarn is grown in India where chemical-free organic farming practices are changing the lives of farm workers for the better.

My hemp fabrics come from China. Hemp is very sustainable because it needs little to no pesticides or fertilizers as it grows. By contrast, non-organic cotton has tonnes and tonnes of chemicals poured onto it, harming both the environment and the workers. My hemp fabrics are delicious to wear, a little like linen, cool and soft, warm in winter, with a wonderful nubbly texture.

Bamboo is a viscose, which means it needs chemicals to "melt" the bamboo before it is turned into fibres and fabric. These chemicals are quite nasty and make it a less healthy option than organic cotton or hemp. Yet in terms of environmental impact, bamboo is a fast-growing, chemical-free crop, needing little to no pesticides or fertilisers, and this makes bamboo viscose a way better choice than regular viscose, or non-organic cotton. Bamboo forests store CO2 from the atmosphere quickly and effectively, and so are part of the battle against the greenhouse effect. So far in my research I haven't found evidence that forests are being cut down to grow bamboo - rather, that bamboo plantations are replacing less sustainable crops. That said, I am always continuing my research.

About the dyes:
Procion dyes are among the best dyes for fabric. Basically, the colours do not fade, ever! Luckily, they are also among the most environmentally friendly dyes around. More of the dye is taken up during the dyeing process, meaning less is wasted and less is washed away. They are fixed with soda ash, which is basically baking soda. The dye process uses cold water rather than hot, which lowers the carbon footprint. My procion dyes contain no heavy metals and are considered by experts to be among the safest of dyes and the best for organic clothing. Some of the worst chemicals used by the clothing industry are used during the dyeing, fixing and finishing process - my system eliminates all of that.

About natural Indigo:
Dyeing with natural indigo is an incredible process, ancient and almost magical. Indigo comes from the leaves of a plant, and to begin with is actually greeny yellow in colour. Only when you pull the dyed garment into the air does it begin to gradually turn brilliant blue, as the dye naturally reacts with the oxygen to become a permanent, radiant blue of great beauty. This is the colour traditionally used for blue jeans, Japanese kimonos, African robes and the war-paint of the Celts.

What's so special about handmade and hand-dyed?
Machines can make things with a precision that is truly beautiful. But one of the things about humans is that we are imperfect - our faces are never exactly symmetrical. When we make things, they show the marks of the maker - a hand-hewn stone wall, for example. So while a cement block wall has its virtues, so does the hand-carved stone. Handmade and hand-dyed garments have a "human" look about them that machines can't copy. To me, they're really beautiful. Plus, when we buy things directly from the maker, we cut out the middle-men, we cut out factories and retailers and salespeople, and we make sure our money goes directly to the person who made it for you.

Buy beautiful, good quality things, and wear them out...
Wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to buy all the clothes and things you ever wanted? Well in this day and age, many of us can, and we do. And then we throw them all away, when they've barely been used. To be honest, the process of buying and discarding, only to buy and discard some more, is unfulfilling. The solution is to buy carefully, buy organic, buy quality, and then wear them out. Blueseablue garments are made to last, and to outlive fashion fads. They are made to be worn non-stop, because they're so comfortable and versatile. There's something really satisfying about making good buys that you wear to death. Its a new way of doing things.

Care Instructions:
All the garments may be machine washed, and are totally colour-fast after a couple of washes. Dark colours may need a really hot wash to get rid of any residual dye. After that, cold wash is best. Please line-dry your garments. Using solar and wind power, or just the central heating, to dry your clothes is the simplest way to reduce carbon footprint. Something like 80% of the carbon footprint of a normal t-shirt is in the washing and tumble drying, so that's really easy to reduce.

A lot of thought goes into each Blueseablue garment's design. I want the pieces to be flattering, comfortable and beautiful too, so that's why I test each design in wear before it goes into the shop. I wish for the designs to be worn again and again - the favourite things in your wardrobe.

And as for me?
My grandmother sewed all her family's clothes, school uniforms and all, on a treadle machine, by candlelight, with bats fluttering in the farmhouse rafters above her! I said goodbye to her in an African airport when I was a small girl, as my family immigrated to Australia, but after she died, her sewing machine arrived packaged up on our doorstep - she had left it to me. I've been sewing ever since.

As a child, the Great Barrier Reef could be seen from our living room windows. Every holiday was spent on a boat moored off tropical islands, watching turtles lay eggs by moonlight, or camping in National Parks filled with rainforest, crystal clear waterfalls, mossy undergrowth and whispering emerald canopies. Somehow, a connection with nature was forged and I feel like I need to protect it, as if it were my own kin. I literally feel pain if I see a tree harmed!

And lastly, organic, chemical-free products are important to me because I have many allergies and sensitivities. I know that the clothes I'm making are safe to wear. I even handmake the detergent we use in the dyeing process, to ensure it is free of nasty chemicals!

Thanks for taking the time to read about the Blueseablue ethos. I hope you find something to make you feel beautiful!

Helen

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