Enter almost any grocery store and you’re bound to find so-called green cleaning products next to traditional ones.
Take Tide Cold Water detergent. Procter & Gamble (nyse: PG – news – people ) claims it deep cleans clothes in cold water. All with cutting down on your energy use, not to mention your energy bill. How green is Tide?
First of all, car buyers have plenty of environmentally friendly models from which to choose, and energy-efficient appliances get prominent placement on showroom floors.
Give eco-enhancing garments the green light by making sure it’s Fairtrade
IT’S Fairtrade Fortnight but what do you do when you want to do your bit for the environment and society, but also wish to stay fashionably effortless at the same time?(1)
This part of the story I recently did a long time ago old for an old sponsor A Lot To Say. So Since From my time at Sundance Film Festival while promoting an amazing clothing line. One that is 100 percent recycled plastic from real waste sites.
It has the potential to really change the clothing industry. This was something originally discussed in 2010.
So now More than ever with plastic oceans we need to talk about this. So importantly, here are the Top Three things that worked well for me by wearing Eco friendly shirts
First of all, they bring discussion. Once my son wore my eco clothing to school. He surely got into discussing one of his friends. It was a while ago but they asked would my son be wearing a shirt that is made of if the plastic if it was a bad thing. I told my son to tell the boy, wearing the recycled plastic is better. That’s because the plastic is not in the landfill. As well all the bad chemicals are not in the threads of plastic touching his skin. I liked explaining that too. I understood the eco-metrics about the metrics. However I amazed at the care to detail on learning what they really did cut on their carbon footprint.
Second: When I go to Starbucks I amazed by the comments people gave me. I get in how great my Fuel shirt looks, making a statement and feels (especially when I tell them it is 100% recycled plastic).
Third: Understanding this whole eco-metrics thing was very helpful to explaining to myself. We have to educate the world how we can wrap all of these emission, water and any other metric was to make them eco-metricics. Catchy!
Furthermore and by using AIRDYE® technology, they save 1,132,500 MJ of energy. That’s also including saving 157,500 gallons of water and 57,500 kg of CO2 equivalent emissions.
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Further deep dive here into GREEN CLOTHING. Alternative materials make use of ingredients like corn and bamboo.
Likewise, even in March 12, 2007, By JACKY MYINT Source: The Associated Press.
Styles in fashion are ephemeral and fickle. Those acid-wash jeans, M.C. Hammer pants and DayGlo T-shirts you loved in middle school have long since reached “out” status (though the harem pants we saw on the Spring 2007 runways look a bit Hammer Time to us). The skinny jeans you love now will one day follow their fate.
Though trends come and go, the clothes themselves stick around. To make room for new fashions, the average American throws away about 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year. Mother Earth isn’t that fond of polyester, and is quite warm now, thank you very much.On top of that, producing new clothes out of traditionally grown cotton taxes our environment chemical fertilizers and pesticides; energy and chemicals required to manufacture synthetic materials.
However the all-American combo of a cotton T-shirt and a pair of denim jeans, for instance, requires 1 pound of fertilizers and pesticides.
AP photo =Elements of style: alternative materials to make your wardrobe fashionably green
However and most noteworthy, the fashion industry is beginning to recognize its impact. More importantly and as well as consumers’ desire for more eco-friendly fashion.
Therefore an increasing number of independent designers and boutiques specialize in eco-conscious fashion that is more hip than hippy.
Even big companies like H&M, Urban Outfitters and Uniqlo, which sell really cheap, trendy and easily disposable clothing (aka “fast clothes”). Yet they are taking steps to be more eco-friendly. One way is by using alternative materials that cut post-consumer waste and pollution.
Take an interactive look at how these materials can help you be fashionably green.
Reuse, Recycle and Work It!
The most ecological materials are the ones already lying around. But don’t worry — this isn’t like getting your sister’s tattered hand-me-downs or playing dress-up with leftover wrapping paper.
Designers are creatively repurposing existing materials, making purses out of candy wrappers or totally new clothes out of discarded fabric and garments. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, the industry keeps 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textile product waste from entering landfills every year.
Buy Organic is Another Option
In conclusion, going organic doesn’t just apply to what you eat. Now you can buy clothes made of organic cotton, grown without fertilizers and pesticides. Less than 1 percent of the world’s annual cotton production is organic, but that’s certain to increase as more mainstream stores carry organic clothing and customers demand it. Finally, H&M is already producing an organic cotton line.
Previously known as panda food, bamboo is also an all-purpose material used to make flooring, furniture, housewares — and clothes. For good reason: It grows as many as 12 inches a day, making it a highly sustainable and renewable resource that doesn’t require pesticides. Clothes made out of bamboo are incredibly durable, soft, biodegradable and antibacterial. Again, no fertilizers and pesticides. (And pandas will highly approve.)
The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from:
# Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions)
# Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman
# Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel
# Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky
# Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley
# Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke
# Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley
# Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea
# and more green living books to follow.