Creating our First Ever Planet Protect Clothing

March 17, 2010

I used to think those fashion reality shows were a bit overdone.  Not any longer.  We here at Planet Protect Sportswear Co. are about to unveil our first line of Northwest made clothing.  The challenges have been amazing, finding US grown and milled material, finding local sewers, non-toxic dyes, trying very hard to keep everything state side.  We flat-out refuse to ship overseas, and we might make a little less profit, but we feel its worth it. 

Our goal is to get retailers around the country to look at our line, and seriously consider buying our brand.  We are excited at the look, very fresh and contemporary, with our ocean based messaging.  If you are a retailer, please contact us, we’d love to show you are photos, samples and pricing.

After our first runway show next week, I’ll be posting a few photos!


Oregon’s Plastic Bag Ban Update: Fear Wins

March 7, 2010

We at Planet Protect Sportswear were thrilled to hear that a bill was circulating in our capital of Salem that would have finally banned the menace of plastic grocery bags.  That battle ended a few weeks ago with a whimper from the State Senator that enacted the bill.  Not citing his reasons, he mentioned that it started some good discussion.  Which is “politic speak” for I didn’t want to make anyone mad, rock anyone’s boat, or have to take on Big Plastic and their legions of highly paid lawyers.

The most interesting part about this chickening out of taking an extreme problem – one which 11 cities in our country have stood up and said enough – is that people (read conservatives) seem to have this mind-set that anything that we use for convenience is somehow now a right.  Meaning we have legal rights to use environmentally damaging products, simply because we can.  Or we have for a certain period of time, so it must continue without end or modification.  These change-less agents are quick to label anyone wanting a better life, healthier life, or less eco-damaging life as liberal nut jobs.   They feel that industries such as Coal, Oil, and Plastic somehow would never steer us wrong, never tell us an untruth.  Big Plastic is smart, well-funded and is launching mis-leading web sites constantly promoting plastic and demonizing paper products (especially those made from recycled paper).    Change starts at home, buy reuseable bags, use less plastic, buy glass, aluminum and paper, and keep recycling.  Plastic can’t be recycled (it can be downcycled into items like park benches and yes, reuseable totes).  Keep fighting for bans in your city, our oceans, waterways and marine animals need your help.