Few people know the story of their clothes: where they came from, what they are made of, or who made them. Much has changed in the clothing world during the past few decades, and as a result, apparel manufacturing now places a serious burden on the environment and can create inhumane working conditions for millions of people in developing countries.
But what if there was another way? What if is was possible to make clothing that met the needs not only of today, but of generations to come? (Watch the Video!)
“One ton of the material used by SustainU to manufacture their clothing will save 1200 gallons of water, 500 kWh of electricity, and will avoid the release of 1700 pounds of non-biodegradable waste.”
Our mission is to change the way clothes are made to improve the environment, reinvigorate America’s manufacturing sector, and educate the world about how clothing can positively impact people’s lives.
Chris Yura, the founder of the clothing company Sustain U, was a former Notre Dame football player before spending five years as a successful fashion model in New York City where he learned about the international clothing market and the sustainable fashion movement. Frustrated by what he saw as misleading marketing for “green” clothing, Chris founded SustainU to promote social, environmental and economic sustainability in fashion.
- It takes over 10,000 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one t-shirt
- Two gallons of gasoline are required to make one new extra-large polyester t-shirt
- An average of 68 pounds of clothing per person per year is thrown away in the US
- Millions of adults & children work for poverty level wages in the apparel industry
SustainU wants to change the way clothes are made in an effort to improve the environment while reinvigorating America’s manufacturing sector. In the process, Chris also hopes to educate the world about how clothing can positively impact people’s lives.
Sometimes being a Global Patriot is as simple as buying sustainable clothes!