October 2, 2009, Newsletter Issue #170: Green clothing

Tip of the Week

Green clothing is designed to use organic and recycled materials, less packaging and more energy-efficient manufacturing. Eco friendly clothing or green clothing as it is called is hot. Consumers are becoming more conscious of what they are buying and demanding green clothing. For some time green clothing has been a staple for outdoor clothing, however it was overlooked by the fashion industry. Lately the fashion industry has caught on and now green clothing can be seen on Runways and in stores including designer boutiques. Organic cotton, bamboo, hemp and soy are quickly replacing traditional fabrics such as conventional cotton, in part because the new fibers are fast growing and environmentally friendly. Other new fibers include corn and coconut shells. Of course the greenest garments are ones you already own. If you decide to get rid of them in favor of organic clothing, donate them to a local charity. There are people out there who would be happy to have your older clothes and at least you would not be contributing to the local landfill. When buying new clothes look for ones that can be washed in cold water and line dried. One of the biggest eco burdens from clothing is the washing process. When buying new clothes instead of choosing styles that are fashionable, choose styles that are classic because the more use you can get out of an item the greener it is. Instead of buying new, try thrift stores. Remember being green includes recycling and that means clothing too.

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