CATA is Consumers Against Toxic Apparel. It's an online resource to help conscious consumers like you find, shop and save on organic and natural clothing/textiles that's toxic chemical free, sustainable and dyed with organic-low impact-natural dyes. CATA creates awareness, educate and inspire consumers to know, act and be part of the solution for clean clothes and slow fashion. The online resource works to promote organic clothing companies around the nation that design, produce and sell organic/natural clothing through consciousness; being mindful of the negative impact fast, cheap and disposable fashion has on the environment and the quality of human life for millions of people working in the industry world wide.
Social justice issues such as child slavery, fair living wages, poverty, safety and overall human rights are important to CATA and its Affiliate Companies. Fair trade is strongly embraced because it allows indigenous people around the world the opportunity to earn a fair living producing cultural and specific products native to their land and resources.
Identifying toxic chemicals in clothes, defining them and ensuring consumers understand the impact and the association they have on our health is critical for positive change.
We want consumers seeking alternatives in fashion to know that there are many choices in the form of small organic companies scattered across the US. Many go beyond the call of duty to offer traceability and transparency for the products they sell or produce. Many companies also pride their business model on sourcing raw materials in the US and manufacturing in the USA.
CATA offers consumers the solution. We're not begging the fast fashion industry to do the right thing and produce safe apparel. We're sourcing companies that are choosing on their own to do the right thing, protecting people and our planet through the production/sell of clean clothes. Many of our affiliates are also Pure Integrity Verified offering a second level of assurance along with other highly credible certifications.
Consumers are asked to Take The Pledge and become part of the solution as well to support these companies. Taking The Pledge ensures savings of 10%-15% on purchases or free shipping for one full year.
See the Pledge
I pledge to replace 5% of my wardrobe with organic fibers.
I pledge to buy all organic intimate apparel from this day forward.
I pledge to purchase no less than four organic garments per season.
I pledge to introduce two or more friends to CATA, challenging them to take the pledge.
(membership cards allow members to save 10%-15% on affiliate purchases or free shipping for one full year)
CATA was created with the purpose to connect conscious consumers with organic retailers nationwide; making it easy to find, shop and save on organic apparel and textiles. Our purpose is to unite companies big and small together, on one giant platform giving consumers lots of choices while providing education about the toxic and hazardous chemicals being manufactured in our clothes and creating awareness about how those chemicals are affecting our health. in a very negative and unsuspecting way. We also strive to bust the myth that organic apparel is ugly, expensive, boring and unattractive by introducing companies that offer fashionable and stylish clothes along with colorful and beautiful home decor' in modern and trendy styles.
When companies become affiliates they become part of one voice - the voice demanding healthy, safe, sustainable fashion. There are over one hundred and fifty companies in the US currently producing and selling organic textiles that are free of pesticides, GMO's, herbicides and synthetic properties. These textiles are pure, clean, healthier for our bodies, sustainable and kind to the environment. A fact that's extremely important because the textile industry is the second largest polluter on the planet.
Our goal is to ensure consumers are aware of the vast diversity, availability and existence of organic apparel. Oftentimes, they discover these small companies are right in their own backyards. Through our grassroots efforts, content marketing strategies and community of networks we're spreading the word and driving business the old fashion way, creating loyal customers and establishing relationships that will last a lifetime. We're working to make organic clothing as accessible and common as Apple Pie. We believe consumers have the right to know what they are wearing on their bodies, how it may affect their health and the impact that garment poses to the environment..
CATA provides and performs an array of activities/services such as hosting traveling fashion shows highlighting affiliate companies collections and lines, appearing on radio and TV discussing the dynamics of the complex fashion industry, public speaking, hosting seminars, collaborating with organizations/businesses and writing informative content articles for a host of sources distributed nationally and globally.
Helping consumers understand the factors that drive our craze for fashion, why less is more and quality is everything has truly changed the lives of many. We work/gather data from resources such as The Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative, The Sustainable Cotton Project-CA (Cleaner Cotton), The Textile Exchange and Better Cotton Initiative (global). We are constantly conducting research, sharing the latest news and developments in fashion, retail, textile manufacturing and even legislation with our audience ensuring that the choices they make are factual and informed. We also utilize medical journal data, foreign government reports and research, and information from non profit organizations such as GreenPeace International Detox Campaign, Soil Association and more. "You have the right to know."
90% of conventional cotton is BT cotton (genetically modified). BT cotton contains a foreign gene obtained from bacillus thuringiensis. This bacterial gene is introduced genetically into the cotton seeds to protect the plants from bollworms (A- lepidoptera). Bollworms are a major pest of cotton. Worms feeding on the leaves of BT cotton plants become lethargic and sleepy, hence causing less damage to the plant. Over time the production of this cotton is depleting our soil of vital nutrients and creating barren land incapable of growing any viable crop to sustain us. It's been reported that the pesticides required to grow this cotton has increased drastically and become even more toxic as the worms have developed a resistance to the gene. Currently there are no public studies to show how this modification affects humans. By the way, don't forget that this genetically modified seed is crushed into cottonseed oil that's a key ingredient in many, many processed foods and eaten.
Also note that skin is the largest organ on our bodies and absorbs everything that touches us. New technology such as nano-particles have the ability upon contact to immediately be absorbed through our skin and directly enter our bloodstream. Currently there is no solid or viable research/data investigating the effects these nano-particles have on human health, yet our clothes are saturated with them. We put these clothes on our babies, children and ourselves unaware of the possible consequences.
Synthetic fibres such as polyester, polynosic, acrylic, microfibre, viscose, rayon, tencel, modal, loycell, nylon and blended combinations are produced and created with 8,000-12,000 highly toxic, dangerous and hazardous chemicals that do not occur naturally in nature. Approximately, 1,900 chemicals can never be washed out of the fabrics and the ones that can go down the drain into our waterways to continue their pollution of surface water and groundwater in every neighborhood, city and state. These chemicals create lethal cocktails that have been linked to many chronic illnesses and diseases. Their production create air and water pollution ranking it as the 2nd largest polluter on the planet. The oil industry is number one. Keep in mind that most synthetic fibers are petroleum based (oil) fabrics.