Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Plastic in my clothes?!

You might be imagining your own plastic version of the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz right now. We get it. It seems weird to literally be wearing recyclables, but have no fear! Textile mills have come a long ways since the days of Dorothy and the yellow brick road!

Soul Flower Clothing Recycled Plastic T-Shirt

Today, textile mills are recycling plastic soda bottles into polyester fibers and transforming them into brand new eco-friendly T-shirts. So, instead of chucking that soda bottle in the garbage, give the recycling bin a try...it could end up being part of a Soul Flower T-shirt one day! Plus, you'll feel great knowing that you're contributing one less recyclable to landfills!


So how do they actually get those plastic bottles into your clothes? Well mills start out with PET bottles (think milk jugs, soda bottles, etc.) that are sterilized, dried, and crushed into small chips. The chips are then heated and passed through a spinneret to form a string of yarn. The yarn is wound up into spools, then the fiber is passed through a crimping machine to make is soft and fluffy. After that, the yarn is baled, dyed, and knitted into fabric! (Source)



This whole process uses much less energy than normal polyester (33-53% less to be exact). So to sum it all up...super soft fabric, less landfill waste, less manufacturing energy, and you look great. What's not to love?!




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Monday, February 23, 2015

More Love Letters!

Just because it's past Valentine's day doesn't mean there aren't people out there who couldn't use a little extra love in their lives! That's why the staff at Soul Flower participated in this cool online campaign to send physical love (in the form of kind letters) to relatively anonymous individuals who could really benefit from some sweet words, and encouragement. 



The Website reads, 
"Dear you, 
The world doesn’t need another website. It doesn’t need another app or a network.
What it needs is really basic. Simple. Bare-boned.& often forgotten in the race to get followers, likes & status.
LOVE. Pure, old-fashioned, never goes out of style Love. Ridiculous, oozing, cannot pack this thang into 140-characters kind of love. Fearless, bold, unstoppable love."

If writing letters is your thing (or even if it isn't), take a moment to spread some good vibes, receive good karma, and pen a note to someone you don't even know. We promise you'll feel really good about it afterwards :) 


For more information on how to get involved, check out: https://moreloveletters.squarespace.com/



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Check out the 2015 Early Spring Look Book!

It's finally here! Today we released the 2015 Early Spring Look Book featuring new organic, fair trade, made in USA, and eco-friendly clothes. Flip through the pages to get the inside scoop on how we screen print our designs, where our tie-dye comes from, and maybe pick up some new threads! 



Monday, February 9, 2015

Faces Behind the 2015 Early Spring Look Book...Maddie & Rachel





In addition to the blonde beauties (Goldie and Curtis) who appear in our look books, catalogs, and website, are our buds Maddie and Rachel! Believe it or not, on top of gracing the pages of our soon-to-be-released 2015 Early Spring Look Book, they both also work in our office in Golden Valley, Minnesota! On a typical day you can find Maddie (our Wholesale Guru), playing Michael Jackson, Phish, or Trampled by Turtles in the office while planning trade shows, while Rachel (our Product Specialist), designs awesome graphics and pounds back coffee. See more of this dynamic duo and get a taste of our new 2015 Spring/Summer collection in the highly-anticipated Look Book coming out next week!