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Books

  • “Eco Chic: The Fashion Paradox” by Sandy Black
  • “Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life” by Sophie Uliano
  • “Do it Gorgeously” by Sophie Uliano
  • “Green is the New Black: How to Change the World with Style” by Tamsin Blanchard
  • “Sustainable Fashion: Why Now: A Conversation Exploring Issues, Practices, and Possibilities” by Janet Hethorn
  • “The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green” by Starre Vartan
  • “Eco Fashion” by Sass Brown
  • “Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style” by Christie Matheson

Eco Tips / Take Action

  • The majority of compounds used for applying color are highly carcinogenic or otherwise toxic, often being discharged into waterways. So, look for items made with low impact dyes. They often do not contain heavy metals, do not require toxic chemicals to fix the dye to the fiber, and use significantly less water.
  • According to the EPA, the 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste in the US represents 10 pounds for every person in the United States. So, donate unwanted clothes to a second-hand shop, Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Sell on eBay or host a swap party with friends.
  • Two thirds of a garment’s carbon footprint will occur after it is purchased. Washing and disposal is a big issue. So, wash clothes when you have a full load to reduce water waste and avoid washing in hot water as %80 of the energy used comes from heating the water.
  • Making a new garment requires the production of raw maters, dying, spinning, weaving, finishing, cutting, sewing, packaging, and transport. So, Buy vintage or used clothing to bypass the environmental effects of the production process.
  • In California’s San Joaquin Valley, it is estimated that less than 25 percent of a pesticide sprayed from a crop duster actually hits the crop. The remainder can drift for several miles, coming to rest on fruit and vegetable crops, and farm workers. Pesticides can also end up in waterways, the air, and soil. Organic cotton growing protects not only the cotton, but also the surrounding eco-system.
  • Polyester, nylons, and acrylics are made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Also the manufacturing of nylon emits nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with a carbon footprint 310 times that of carbon dioxide. Again choosing clothing made from organic cotton. It is easily renewable and good for the environment.
  • Most of the clothing we buy is made in sweatshops in third world countries with deplorable conditions. So, buy Fair Trade clothing that ensures workers earn a fair profit, have safe working conditions, invests money into workers’ communities, and promotes sustainable production methods. (fairtradeusa.org)
  • Most clothes start to look old when the colors fade and we often discard them. So, help your clothes last. Add a couple of teaspoons of salt with your detergent to keep your clothing bright.