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March 17, 2009

Green Your Wardrobe: Sustainable Materials

Recycled clothing There's nothing more in style right now than flaunting that you’re good to the earth. Freshening up your wardrobe for spring?  This week’s green fashion tips will help you keep up with what’s hip.

Tip #2: Buy Clothes Made of Sustainable Materials

Buying used is greener, but if you do buy new clothes, at least make sure they're made of sustainable material. Bamboo and hemp (much more comfy than they sound) are planet-friendly because both plants quickly regenerate and are easily grown without pesticides (hemp's downside is that it must be imported since it’s illegal to grow in the U.S.). Organic cotton is another decent option; though cotton is a water-intensive crop, the organic variety at least forgoes the polluting chemicals. There have been developments in fabrics made of recycled stuff, including plastic bottles (Revenge Is is super soft) and other fibers (try Gramicci). Buying clothes from companies that donate to environmental charities and manufacturers that offset are other ways to vote green with your wallet. What to avoid? Synthetic fibers (polyester, vinyl, nylon), animal products (leather, suede), and cellulose materials (rayon). For more, check out Lucky's April issue.

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