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EcoMommy – Green Options for Maternity Clothing

Apr-21-2009
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Expectant Moms looking for greener clothing options do actually have an expanding choice when it comes to finding affordable maternity fashions. A growing number of online stores and smaller boutiques carry a wide variety of fashionable maternity clothing at reasonable prices using organic, eco friendly and recycled fabrics.

While there are a lot of these kinds of options, don’t overlook the equally eco-friendly option, wearing used maternity clothes. Almost every town has at least one thrift store these days, and you will more than likely be able to find some great bargains.

But if you need help getting started her are some great resources for finding maternity clothes that will look good and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time;

Euphoria Maternity

Euphoria Maternity makes it simple to find great sustainable maternity outfits and clothing as well as other all natural products for use during pregnancy and even breast feeding through its “Shop Green” link. They also carry great organic cotton tops and yoga pants (very comfy during pregnancy) from a range of designers including Childish and Japanese Weekend. Their Moody Mama collection of babydoll dresses is especially flattering.

Better for Babies

Better for Babies carries a wide selection of green clothing for both the mommy to be and baby. Their maternity wear is simple but stylish and extremely easy to wear. All the clothes are made from organic cottons and wools. For baby there is a huge array of all natural cloth diapers, designed for use with their range of all organic cotton diaper covers.

Jessica Scott

Talented designer Jessica Scott makes her maternity clothed from all natural materials such as Lyocell, which is made of cellulose. One of her best selling and flattering designs which is called “Strapless in Seattle” is a incredibly versatile one piece that can be worn in a number of different ways; a strapless dress, a low slung skirt or an attractive “poncho” style shirt

MollyAnna

MollyAnna is a fun, irreverent designer whose company motto is “Bold, Sassy, and Prego”.

Her fun tee shirt and tank tops are all made from 100% organic cotton and feature such sassy sayings as “Epidural – Yes Please” and “Birth Control is for Sissies” and come in endless variety of colors. Her collection even features green tees for expectant dads too, as well as a collection of eco friendly diaper bags.

Baby Nut

Baby Nut is another online store that offers a great line up of maternity tops and light dresses made from eco friendly and sustainable materials such as organic cotton and hemp. They also have a great collection of all organic baby clothes called Happy Green Bee, which is bright, colorful and tons of fun.

E Mommie

E Mommie touts itself as the “#1 site for used maternity clothes” and proudly offer a wide variety of gently used, eco friendly recycled maternity styles. The stock changes frequently of course, but you can normally find a wide variety of dresses, tops , jeans, jackets and more in nice, flattering and up to date styles.

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Why we love the Big O: Organic Cotton!

Apr-14-2009
Eco Fabrics

No, I’m not talking about Oprah!  Although, we love her too!

You probably already know that cotton is most widely used crop in the worldwide textiles industry. Among the largest producers of cotton are China, the United States, India, and Turkey. However, along with the increasing demand for this crop come many heavy environmental consequences. A huge portion of these eco problems arise from the farming and harvesting of cotton as well as the manufacturing of cotton fabrics. In line with these growing global concerns, a healthier and greener alternative to clothing is making waves today – organic cotton!

What is organic cotton, anyway? If you have heard about organic veggies and meats at your local grocery store, then the same environmental principle applies with organic cotton. It has been a reported trend that farms today are going “green” with their agricultural practices, and in a way, giving the environment a break from all the toxins it’s been taking in over the years. Organic cotton is farmed in the most ecological way, without the use of harmful pesticides, genetically modified varieties, or synthetic chemical fertilizers.

Why should people opt to go “green” and choose organic cotton? Because cotton is a very in-demand crop worldwide, there is a huge dependency for farmers to use newer irrigation methods, diesel fueled machinery, as well as unnatural chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides to keep their cotton crops growing. Even in the tilling method for cotton farming, a significant percentage of land is eroded into the water systems, as reported by the Journal of Environmental Quality. The loss of soils poses a huge problem for many ecosystems. In Australia, environmental reports also mention that the massive amounts of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers used in cotton farms contribute highly to greenhouse gases. With the farming of organic cotton, however, these issues are avoided.

Organic cotton farms do not use artificial irrigation systems, and their crops are rain-fed. This greatly aids the efforts to conserve water, as well as reduces the risk of chemical leaching from irrigation systems to rivers and lakes. Also, organic cotton is harvested by hand, thereby removing the need for heavy machinery that use petroleum and that emit tons of carbon dioxide.

Another plus side of organic cotton is the issue of health safety. Since these fibers are all-natural, they are the best choice for baby’s clothing. As a matter of fact, even the farmers who work with organic cotton are kept away from health risks, as they are not exposed to toxic chemicals and noxious gases in their work place. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating here: The cotton needed to make just one regular (non-organic) cotton t-shirt requires almost 5 ounces of carcinogenic pesticides! That’s what you’re putting on your kids’ backs each morning!

There are alternatives now. There are many shops that sell organic cotton shirts, pants, linens, and other products. Some people would admit that the emerging fashion trends of today are leaning towards the “green” side. This can be seen from major global brand names promoting organic cotton such as Nike, Nordstrom, Wal-Mart, Patagonia, Marks and Spencer and many more. Reports claim that the demand for organic cotton is expected to drastically increase over the next few years. One can only begin to imagine how good this will be for the “green” movement.

So you see, cotton can do more than just be a soft material that feels good when worn. All around the world, massive environmental efforts in terms of farming for cotton and other crops are underway. Organic cotton, and green clothing will not only make you look good, but will also make the earth feel good, too. When you make a move to support organic cotton, you also give the environment more room to breathe, today, and for many generations to come. That, probably, is the best thing about wearing “green”!

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5 Sustainable Clothing Trends in Fabrics

Apr-12-2009
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The terms ‘sustainable clothing’ and ‘organic clothing’ are often used together and both essentially belong to the same genre of eco-friendly clothing materials. Although, they serve the same purpose and can be broadly classified as Green eco-fashion materials there are a few minor difference between the two. The difference doesn’t lie in their approach to the concept of being green or eco-friendly but their origins.

While organic clothing evolved from the movement of organically developed materials, sustainable clothing is more of an environmental consciousness that is slowly gaining momentum. Sustainable clothing also emphasizes upon the recycling of goods in our daily use. Essentials for a clothing material to be considered suited for ecological purposes, i.e. being sustainable:

  • Clothing material is derived from renewable/recycled raw materials
  • Efficient use of production resources such as energy, manpower and water with preference for using renewable inputs for manufacturing
  • Creating absolutely safe clothing material with regards to consumer health and the environment

Some Of The Most Noteworthy Materials Used In Sustainable Clothing

1. Bamboo

Bamboo is best suited for clothing meant for the hotter temperatures. It can absorb the sweat and lets it evaporate within seconds. This creates a natural mechanism of dispelling heat and maintaining fabric breathability. New fabrics being created from bamboo are equally adept for keeping you warmer in colder conditions. Bamboo-created clothing is naturally anti-bacterial and odor free.

How is it sustainable?

  • Bamboo grows without any artificial assistance, i.e. it is totally natural and sustainable as it doesn’t need pesticides and fertilizers
  • Bamboo plant is not uprooted like other plants. This helps to maintain the soil’s stability.
  • Bamboo yield in terms of per acre is nearly 10 times more than that for cotton
  • More bamboo plantations will mean more neutralization of greenhouse gases

2. Lyocell

This is produced from the cellulose found in wood. This makes Lyocell one of the purest forms of sustainable clothing. The fabric adheres to all quality demands meant for medical or technical compatibility.

How is it sustainable?

  • Its production is extremely eco-friendly and doesn’t use harmful dyes and chemicals and the Lyocell fiber is 100% bio-degradable
  • The end product is strikingly similar to cotton and hence, this makes it a very useful substitute for current manufacturing demands
  • Since, it is derived from wood, it can be regarded as the most replenishable and hence, the most sustainable form of clothing
  • Cellulose extraction uses nearly negligible artificially-produced extraction agents

3. Hemp

It is famous for being the most durable among all natural fibers and is often called the miracle fiber. It is lightweight, long-lasting, highly-absorbent and much stronger than other fibers. It is best suited for outdoor wear being weather resistant.

How is it sustainable?

  • Hemp crop does not need pesticides and uses a very little amount of water
  • It is known for enriching the soil where it is grown since it has an exhaustive root system which also helps to prevent soil-erosion
  • Extremely cost-effective to grow and has minimal agricultural requirements

4. Soy Fiber

Soy blended or pure soy fiber clothing has some excellent qualities like having a luster that is similar to silk and absorbs moisture like cotton. However, it offers the best of ventilation when compared with these two conventional fabrics.

How is it sustainable?

  • Its manufacturing is an example of bioengineering and proteins are extracted from sources like soybean oil and soymilk
  • This makes it a recycled product, since it is akin to creating something useful from a conventional manufacturing process
  • It is highly sustainable since by-products like soybean dregs are further used as fodder or natural fertilizer

5. Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is a huge improvement over the traditionally-grown cotton. For starters, it is grown following strict regulations that prevent the use of chemicals that can enter the fiber. Even its harvesting is less automated to ensure that the soil isn’t being drained. Perhaps, the only natural resource it does drain to a certain extent is water.

How is it sustainable?

  • Organic cotton is grown in a manner that actually replenishes the ecosystem rather than exhausting its nutrients
  • It is grown without using conventional chemical/toxic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers
  • Only certified or organic facilities are allowed to procure/manufacture organic clothing and they use only low-impact dyes or mineral-based shades that don’t affect the consumers or the environment

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Pamela Anderson Looks even Better in Green Clothes!

Apr-9-2009
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We are all aware of the numerous environmental initiatives being undertaken at the international, national, industrial and individual levels each day. But most of us tend to think that a green lifestyle is limited to the consumption of energy and the release of Carbon emissions. Well, look around and you’ll be able to identify many more significant aspects to green living, one popular facet among them being the use of green clothing.

I admit that Green clothing isn’t really the latest trend, at least not in circles where new fashions come out every season.  But it has been catching on quickly, made popular among the masses by the rich and the famous – yes, our very own “celebrities”. So Who cares what they are doing! Right? Well I do! And not for the reasons you may think. The fact is, as a society, at large, we watch them to see what they’re wearing what they’re doing and what they’re involved in and whenever possible try to imitate them. They even exert an influence on our outlook and way of thinking. Smart as they are, they’re aware of their own power and often use it to highlight important issues and advocating green clothing seems to be the latest focus area. So even I don’t personally care what some stranger in Beverly Hills is wearing to the market this morning, I DO care (and am thrilled, frankly) that many youngsters will go to great lengths to emulate their newfound passion for all that is green – including green clothes!

Take for example Pamela Anderson, the babe from Baywatch, already known to be a strong supporter of PETA, who has lately disclosed plans to work with renowned fashion designer Richie Rich to come up with a clothes line for the brand Muse. This line will focus on casual clothes including skirts, hooded tops and swimwear, apart from accessories like leather-free shoes which are all slated for a summer debut.

But Pammie isn’t the first one to do this. Bono, the lead singer of the US band U2, known for his involvement in many social responsibility initiatives has now formed a threesome with his wife and designer Rogan Gregory to create a brand called Edun - which is the word ‘Nude’ spelled backwards. They have promised to create green clothes by hiring family run businesses in South America and Africa and ensuring that better standards of labor practices are involved, indirectly making it clear that they are against clothes manufactured in sweatshops.

Other well known designers working hard to spread the Green fashion message include Oscar de la Renta and Diane von Furstenburg who were noted for sending eco-designs down the runway during the New York Olympus Fashion Week last fall. Noted designer and daughter of Sir Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney is also known for espousing the cause whom we mentioned here last week.

The second Eco Stiletto Green Girl’s Night Out held on the 17th of March, 2009, also saw a host of TV celebs out to give a hand to the green cause (Eco Stiletto is a company that’s into providing green fashion and features celebrities that support the cause).

Wearing new designer labels isn’t the only way to go green though. Buying and wearing ‘Vintage’ (read second-hand clothes), is also a great way to reduce the amount of cloth going into landfills. Actress, Jessica Alba , was heard praising this way of going green at the AMNH dance held on 27 March.

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Green Clothes for Your Babies!

Apr-2-2009
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OK.  Let’s face it.  As green as we try to be personally, sometimes we get sucked in by “OMG, I know it’s just ordinary cotton, but it’s amazing therefore I MUST have it!” kinda spell.  Then we wear it with a mild inflection of shame, knowing we look fabulous and hoping that somehow that will assuage the guilt of donning that which we know is neither good for the health of our own bodies or the environment.  BUT… when it comes to our kiddos, Katy bar the door!  “No pesticide infused fiber will grace the back of MY child!” since of course, we already all know about the carcinogenic properties therein.

So today, I’m going to bring you a few articles and stores that I found interesting and inspiring.  They offer what we don’t yet offer here at Greenclothes.org.  But even if we did, heck, it’s only fair that we share the love with our fellow greenies!  Enjoy!

  • Creating a Non-toxic Nursery For Your Baby | Focus Organic.com – Newborns spend a large portion of their early life in their nursery, so keeping it as healthy as possible is an important task. Creating a non-toxic environment for your baby can help to reduce their exposure to chemicals. …
  • Brown bag lunches your kids will eat!- The first edition of this post was so popular last year, and is still bringing me search traffic (hi Googlers! Welcome to MomCooks!) that I am reposting the recipes along with some new information. Ever since my oldest son started …
  • organic, eco-friendly diaper cakes – weird title? yes, i know. i was clicking around etsy yesterday when i found this really strange, really cool product: organic diaper cakes created by etsy user babydaysdiapercakes. talk about an interesting find! …
  • eco-friendly swimwear – summer is coming and it’s time to start thinking swim suits. if you’ve been getting in shape over the winter (or even if you haven’t!) a nice swimsuit can be a treat. head to the beach this summer in eco-conscious swimwear and you’ll …

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Versace and Armani party with Patagonia and Bono???

Apr-1-2009
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In the fashion conscious world, more and more people want clothing and accessories that are green or green related. From organic cotton to hemp and everything in between, more fashion designers are using more and more “green” materials. Legendary names such as Oscar de la Renta are creating new earth-friendly lines as well as Giorgio Armani, which is expanding its eco friendly clothing collection. Diane Von Furstenberg is another line that has sustainable fashions for sale. Oftentimes, not only is it more environmentally ethical, but organic clothing tends to hold up better and is better constructed.

Although somewhat more obscure, Proenza Schouler is another name to be reckoned with on the list of eco friendly designers. When talking about eco fashions, let’s not forget the behemoth Versace, whose clothing material Ingeo created by Cargill is used by other designers as well. Victoria’s Secret is getting into the action with their organic wireless bras and panties. And while we’re on on the topic of lingerie, if you are looking for high end organic clothing, look no further than the Edun line created by U2’s Bono. This company is very strict as to what their guidelines for organic clothing are and from where they accept their organic product.

Linda Loudermilk is a Los Angeles based designer that only uses fabrics such as bamboo, sea weed, soy and organic cotton in her designs. From suits to shifts and denims, she has a style all her own. Nike is also involved in the green clothing line. Stella McCartney, whom we mentioned earlier this week, is also a big name designer who uses eco friendly materials in order to create her clothing line. Other designers that are included in the eco line are Anna Cohen, Phillip Lim and Patagonia. While Patagonia is seldom heard in the same sentence as Bono or Versace, this is one arena where they all truly come together in an effort to provide their oh-so-diverse markets with a product has in common their passion for quality and concern for our environment. Patagonia has a HUGE footprint in the “outdoor” clothing market for both men and women.

So, hopping back to a lesser known play, we still must mention Elroy Apparel which is a designer of women’s clothing that is created with socially and sustainable materials. From dresses to blazers and coats, each of these items is eco friendly and organic for not only the best fit, but also not needing to worry about harmful chemicals or dies. John Patrick Organic is yet another on the list of big names that are going green and eco friendly. More and more people are seeking out this type of clothing due to many different reasons. Concern for the natural resources of the earth, wanting garments that are vegan and cruelty free, concerned about pesticides are just some of the reasons.

More and more big names are either introducing or expanding their eco friendly lines as demand grows for this particular kind of product. With more and more consumers becoming more eco friendly, the demand is growing for product of this sort. The names listed above and more from big high couture designers to unknown and fledgling designers are looking at how to make their lines more eco friendly with sustainable resources, and using other materials in order to create a line of very green clothes.   As demand grows, more and more lines from Armani to Target and everything in between will start selling and creating eco friendly line.

So join the fun. Paint YOUR closet Green! (And next thing you know, you may have something to talk about next time you run into Bono !!)

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