Climate Positive Designs
The design industry has an enormous impact on the environment. Many of the fabrics we have in our homes today are made from synthetic materials such as nylon and polyester. Nylon and polyester are made from petrochemicals, which are very polluting to the environment, and contribute to global warming. They are also non-biodegradable. In order to manufacture nylon, nitrous oxide is released as part of the process. Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas that is 310 times stronger than carbon dioxide and causes global warming.
Certain dyes are thought to cause cancer. In many parts of the world, garments are dyed or bleached using toxic chemicals without proper precautions. The chemicals used can then affect workers and flow into sewers and rivers, damaging local ecosystems.
Virtually all poly-cotton blends (especially bed linen), plus all ‘easy care,’ ‘crease resistant,’ ‘permanent press’ cottons, are treated with the toxic chemical, formaldehyde.
Natural fibers can have their problems, too. Non-organic cotton uses more pesticide per cotton plant than almost any other crop in the world. This has serious impacts, causing illness and even death amongst cotton farmers who are exposed to dangerous pesticides every day. These pesticides also affect local eco-systems, killing certain plants.
Currently we are engaging in climate resilience -- activities strengthening the planet’s ability to recover and resist climate change, to absorb emissions equal to the impact our value chain is responsible for and in addition also more emissions than that.
The environment is a big responsibility. Mary McGee is working to create the message that we can decorate beautifully but also love our earth. Mary McGee is a new way to be different, a new way to become a trendsetter and not a follower. At Mary McGee, we believe you don't have to harm the planet or kill a crocodile to live a luxurious life. Our products prove that compassion is the foundation of true beauty and luxury.