“Green” Clothing

boy clothingWith a little creative thinking, being sustainable with what you wear is easy! Here are some fun ideas to help you get started:


–          Purchase gently used clothing from thrift stores. Rochester is home to many unique shops, such as Utta Clutta, Zak’s Avenue, Godiva’s, Savers, Goodwill, and Salvation Army.

–          Buy clothing made from organic bamboo fiber. The material is made without pesticides or fertilizers and is 100% biodegradable.

–          Purchase from clothing companies that are stationed in North America and are sweat-shop free in their production, such as American Apparel.Salvation Army logo

–          Buy fair trade clothing, which is clothing made by businesses that have a commitment to social justice in which employees and farmers are treated and paid fairly, sustainable environmental practices are followed, and long-term trade relationships are fostered.

–          Purchase clothing made from organic cotton fiber, organic soy fiber, organic hemp fiber, or Lyocell fiber (also called Tencel), which is produced from cellulose, the main material in plant cells. The fiber has all the advantages of a natural material and is 100% bio-degradable.

–          Reuse old clothing to make your own accessories, such as scarves and headbands. Or search online for tutorials that show how to turn items of clothing into new pieces easily. One popular and useful website is www.craftster.org.

–          Wash your clothes with cold water instead of warm. This saves energy and avoids shrinkage.

8 Replies to ““Green” Clothing”

  1. yes organic fairtrade clothing has a good future in clothing business. as we are a apparel alothing manufacturer we supply all kind of organic clothing for born baby, kids wear, womens wear. our production capacity is increasing every month as the consumer looking to buy organic clothing day by day.

  2. Nice post with good organic clothing-related details that will help raise market awareness. Thanks for your reflections, on this. In the corporate side of this, this definitely adds to the larger picture.

  3. Thanks for your thoughts on this, Arpit. This certainly adds to the big picture on the business side of this.

  4. Hi

    Thanks for sharing the post and it really explains the quite in detail about the “green clothing” however I would like to add certain points that usually people don’t emphasise on.

    1). There are no free lunches in the world and thus no business would provide anyone anything from it’s own pocket. Consumers have a habit of purchasing from cheap outlets which in return get their clothing manufactured from cheap vendors which can half interpret the word “biodegradable” because “green clothing” starts from the land where cotton is cultivated since the last 3 years with 100% organic fertilisers which rarely happens.

    2). Big companies try to increase their profits by giving the lowest possible target prices to their vendors which in return cut costs and give away low wages to their employees etc.

    These are the two main points that can only be taken care of by consumers ready to buy a little expensive clothing that is 100% organic where the outlets have not forced the prices upon their vendors.


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