Sustainable Apparel

by John Hamlin 27. April 2009 21:58

Clothing is often an overlooked component to the green movement.  The news talks constantly about reducing our carbon footprint, but how does this relate to clothing? 

First and foremost, the greenest garments are those you already own.  No more resources are required to get them to you.  And best of all, no additional cost to you.  But we all like new clothing, so what should you look for in new clothing. 


When you do purchase new apparel, consider  clothing made from organic material.  This means the land has not been subjected to synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers for at least three years.  Did you know that 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals in the United States are used to produce cotton, grown on just one percent of all major agricultural land. 

Fact: Each T-shirt made from one hundred percent organic cotton saves one-third of a pound of synthetic fertilizers and farm chemicalsPET

Another new trend in apparel is clothing made from recycled material?  PET (polyethylene terephthalate )plastic and scrap cotton are combined to make shirts and hats.  This process reuses material once discarded into the landfills and turns  it to soft and long lasting apparel.

Fact:  Recycling one ton of PET containers saves 7.4 cubic years of landfill space.

It is also important to note, that the greatest eco-burden of clothing is not their construction or distribution, but in their daily usage.  Washing clothing can involve large quantities of water, energy and chemicals. 


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