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Zero Waste: Recycling Old Clothes

By Fredrica Syren: I think it’s safe to say that, when I get dressed in the morning or when I buy new clothes, I don’t think too much about what effect these clothes have on the environment. Don’t get me wrong: I really try to buy as many organic and …

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Retailers with the Best Recycling Programs

By Larraine Roulston: Recyclable items that are not part of municipal collection programs make recycling inconvenient for citizens. To address this issue, the following retailers have stepped up to make recycling their products, as well as those of their competitors, easier for customers. Apple, best known for its computers, has …

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Eco-Friendly Bathing Suits

By Kim Robson: Summer’s in full force, and many of us are retreating to the pool, beach or waterpark for relief. That means swimwear! But, unfortunately, most swimwear is made of fabrics derived from nonrenewable resources: nylon, Spandex, Lycra and polyester. Below is a list of sources for sustainable swimwear …

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Renting Baby Clothes

By Larraine Roulston: Renting baby clothes is a fresh approach that serves the newgeneration who search for eco-friendly options. People have alwaysrented tuxedos, dishes for gala events, and carpentry tools. As youngparents are looking towards sustainable living that includes reusingand recycling, to introduce the rental of infantattire makes sense. After …

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How to Make Clothes Last

By Larraine Roulston:  For the most part, the manufacturing process of textiles is notparticularly “green.” Pesticides are used to grow cotton, and chemical dyes produce vibrant colors.  While aiming to live with a low carbon footprint, you have to think about your wardrobe. This includes finding quality clothes that will endure, as well …

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Zero Waste Fashion

By Kim Robson: I’ll freely admit it: I’m a big fan of Goodwill Industries. They take discarded clothing, accessories, furniture, books and housewares; and they use the funds from their thrift stores to provide job training, employment placement services, and other community-based programs for people who are difficult to employ. …

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Let Your Wedding Dress Help A Cause

By Fredrica Syren When I got married, green weddings did not yet exist, at least not in a way I have heard about. If I were to get married again, for sure my entire wedding would be a different affair, with used, recycled and green alternatives. Take my dress, for …

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DIY Christmas Using Old Sweaters

By Larraine Roulston: Old sweaters sporting holes at the elbows are quite unsuitable to pass along to others. They need not be tossed away, however. Besides being unraveled for the wool, they also offer easier opportunities to create unique holiday gifts and crafts via upcycling by cutting and using various parts of the sweaters. Mittens: …

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Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day

By Larraine Roulston: Shop secondhand … first. On Thursday, August 17th, nonprofit thrift stores celebrate National Thrift Shop Day (also known as National Thrift Store Day). By supporting secondhand shops to purchase and donate items, you will save money, conserve resources and reduce waste. Buying gently used goods from thrift stores will also create “green” jobs as …

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Barefoot Shoes

By Kim Robson: The human foot is a complex marvel of engineering designed by evolution over hundreds of thousands of years. Its 28 bones absorb enormous impact forces throughout our lives. So why are we so quick to put shoes on them? Barefoot Is Always Best Going barefoot produces a …

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