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April 27, 2009

Green Your Shopping Habits: Clothes

Green your clothing shopping Shopping is an activity so ingrained in our society that we often do it thoughtlessly, automatically, or hurriedly. By paying more attention to how we shop and what we buy, however, we can make a difference for the planet. This week we’re sharing tips about how to green your shopping habits.

Tip #1: Green Your Clothes-Shopping Habits

When it comes to buying clothes, the greenest – and often hippest – purchases are vintage. For great finds, shop at used-clothes boutiques, online stores, or at prominent antique shows like Massachusetts’s Brimfield, Manhattan Vintage, or California’s Vintage Fashion Expo.

If you have to buy new, look for eco-friendly materials like organic cotton, hemp, or recycled anything. Buy classic styles (not trends!) so that your purchase doesn’t, in a year, end up in the landfill. And make sure your choices are well-made and durable so they don't fall apart after only a few months of wear.

Tell us: How do you green your clothes-buying habits?

Tip #2: Green Your Gift-Buying Habits
Tip #3: Green Your Food-Buying Habits
Tip #4: Green Your Purchases For Your Home

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