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July 25, 2012

Be Cool: Summerize Your Clothing!

The only tools you'll need to summerize your wardrobeIt doesn't take a meteorologist to know that it's hot out there! This week, we'll share tips to help you beat those triple digit temperatures without warming up the planet any further.

Tip #3: Summerize Your Clothing

Light-colored, loose clothing has long been touted as the best way to stay comfortable during the summer. But before you rush out to buy new clothes to compliment the rising temperatures, check if there's anything already in your closet that you can modify. Baggy old T-shirts can be refashioned into loose tank tops and jeans can be turned into shorts. Instructables.com has great sewing-free tutorials for both. If you're not willing to cut up your clothes, simply cuff your pants for instant capris. You can also cuff newly cut shorts for a neater look. Thrift stores are another great source for summer clothing and basics to refashion.

When shopping for new clothing, keep the ecological footprint of your purchase in mind. There are several factors to consider. Sustainable fabrics are a smart way to green your wardrobe. However, it's not that simple. Some "sustainable fabrics" are secretly synthetic. The other factor to consider is the lifetime energy usage of an item. Surprisingly, a synthetic fabric uses less energy and water over its lifetime usage than cotton does. This is because cleaning cotton fabrics uses a lot more energy and water.

Read More:

How to Green Your Laundry 

Fashion: 8 Eco-Pieces You'll Love

Green Fashion Hits the Windy City

--Image courtesy of iStock/DLeonis

Laura HaydenLaura Hayden is an editorial intern at SIERRA Magazine. She is a rising senior at Mount Holyoke College, where she is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies, and a minor in Journalism. She has a passion for all things pertaining to growing (and eating) food, and renewable energy.

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