Ecobabe's Take on
Most people don’t think about the impact of our clothing on the planet. Much of it is made with nylon or polyester which are basically plastics made from a petrochemical base. Plus all the dyes and additives to help them stay wrinkle-free.
There are clothes available, however, that are made from more natural fabrics, that have a lesser impact on the earth (everything has some impact, but we can at least reduce it). They are made with organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, and lyocell.
• Organic cotton: As it sounds, is cotton grown without pesticides and generally has the same texture as conventional cotton clothing.
• Hemp: No, it’s not the kind you can smoke! It’s a different species of cannabis…grows very well (like a “weed,” as they say) and does not require use of pesticides. Fabric tends to be a little ore course, somewhat like linen.
• Bamboo: believe it or not, bamboo fabric can be very soft, almost like silk. Bamboo trees grow very quickly so are considered sustainable.
• Lyocell: is made from wood pulp cellulose that is spun into fibers. It is similar to rayon.
Where to find ecofashions:
There are literally hundreds of stores now across the U.S. where such fashions can be found. Some of these clothes can tend to be a bit more expensive of you buy them at boutiques, but now even target and Walmart are carrying some of these more eco-friendly clothes and you can always bargain-shop online.
Here are some of Ecobabe’s favorite boutiques:
83 Orchard St
• Jet’s Dream
212 Main St, Greenport, Long Island
• Natural High Lifestyle
2400 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA
• EcoVibe Apparel
921 NW Everett Street, Portland, Oregon 97209
Catalogs and Online:
• kidbean.com (for baby stuff)
• niksters.com Eco-bathing suits!!