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Why buy organic shirts?

A cotton t-shirt blended with polyester can release approximately one quarter of its weight in air pollutants and ten times its weight in carbon dioxide.  This fact just astounded me.

It takes 1/3 pound of chemicals to grow one pound of conventional cotton.  So by choosing an organic cotton shirt just once, you save 150 grams of agricultural chemicals being used.  That’s over 1/4 of a pound of chemicals!  Just imagine a quarter pounder with cheese worth of chemicals…that’s what you’re avoiding.

My comfiest shirt is an organic shirt that says “Plastic Bags Blow.”  Oh puns.  It’s unbelievably comfortable.  I never want to go back after wearing this shirt…

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Two major apparel-makers announce more eco-options in 08:

 ALO introduces bamboo as a basic for spring to reinforce its mission to minimize the environmental impact of its fabrics. The performance fabric featured in several men’s and women’s styles blends stretch bamboo and cotton spandex to create a lightweight, breathable jersey fabric. This product also boasts moisture-wicking properties and is naturally anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, and breathable with no added chemicals.alo’s bamboo tank (front) w2006crnt-back-womens-tank-tops-t-shirts-f.jpg

Apparel maker Anvil knitwear reveals the next line in its sustainable apparel collection: AnvilRecycled t-shirts. Made from a pre-consumer recycled cotton blend, AnvilRecycled t-shirts will be available this spring!

The primary components of the shirts are the clippings that are created when making other tees. These clippings are then sorted by color and chopped into a fine, linty material, which is spun into yarn and used to produce the recycled cotton t-shirts. The simplified manufacturing process reduces use of energy and resource. By re-processing pre-consumer textile scraps into consumer-ready shirts, Anvil is able to reduce incinerator and landfill waste. Also, the dyeing process is eliminated becaues the textile clippings are color blended.

from Promowear Magazine, March/April 08

{Molly’s notes: The alo bamboo tanks are super cute. My favorite colors that it comes in are “leaf” and “currant” –shown here– They also make short-sleeve and long-sleeve bamboo tees. Ali and I had some printed with StLouisGreen.com’s logo on the tail for their fabulous launch party on the 6th.

I’m excited about Anvil’s new venture into recycled cotton tees, because this will make them more readily available on the market.. I sourced some from the company that will actually be manufacturing them for Anvil, but this means that hopefully more folks will know about and buy recycled cotton tees!}

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