It’s been a long dream of mine to only wear clothes made from sustainable, fair trade materials whenever possible. That means that I would love for my closet to be filled with organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp clothes – wouldn’t that be just heavenly?! (I also wrote about how I’m slowly changing over other things beyond clothes to include bedding, towels, and such here. Be sure to check out that post, too!)
I would also like this to be the case for my whole family. Fortunately, for Kamea, it’s a reality. Her entire wardrobe is organic, hemp, and bamboo. I only want those fibers touching her delicate skin, and starting a closet from scratch for someone who only wears a few different things is easier than replacing a whole closet for an adult. (To help keep the cost down on Kamea’s clothes I’ve taken advantage of many awesome deals here.)
For me to entirely change over my closet, I knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight for two main reasons. 1) Cost. 2) Lack of choices. (Fortunately, both of these are improving as time goes by.)
The way I handle cost is by transitioning to eco-friendly fashion one piece of clothing at a time, mostly on an as-needed basis. A smart way to do that is by buying basic, staple pieces that can be worn in many ways. Enter: leggings. The leggings I’m wearing in the photos below are a great example of this. I can dress them up or down. They’re comfortable, sexy, and fun.
Another way I’m working on getting my closet filled with sustainable threads is taking advantage of holidays and gift time. Eco-friendly clothes are the main thing on my Christmas list and my family is really good about it. Check out what my husband got me in the pics below. He did his shopping both online (more about that in a moment) as well as shopping at Whole Foods Market.
I look forward to the day when eco-friendly fashion isn’t more expensive than conventional products. As demand increases, it’ll become more available and less expensive. According to the Organic Trade Association, organic cotton production grew 20% over the 2007/08 time period. I also grabbed this impressive information from their website…
According to the Organic Cotton Market Report 2009 released by Organic Exchange in May 2010, global sales of organic cotton apparel and home textile products reached an estimated $4.3 billion in 2009. This reflects a 35 percent increase from the $3.2 billion market recorded in 2008. Companies reported significant growth of their organic cotton programs, and increased adoption of standards addressing organic product traceability and sustainable textile processing.
Meanwhile, if I find myself uneasy about the cost at times, I remember buying organic is investing in my health, the earth, and the workers farming the cotton and materials for my clothes. Did you know cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops? It wreaks all kinds of havoc on the workers and the earth. I don’t want to be a part of that. I want to feel proud about what I’m buying and wearing and I’m willing to pay more for that, even if it means cutting back on something else.
Here is an outfit Greg bought for me during the holidays… he purchased the scarf, the necklace, and the top – all from Whole Foods Market. The necklace: Rainforest Native, the scarf: Global Girlfriend, and the shirt shown below: Threads 4 Thought, plus he bought me a great long sleeve green tshirt from Green Label that I love wearing with jeans.
The second issue — lack of choices for eco-friendly fashion — is improving very rapidly. Just a couple of years ago, it was hard to find organic clothes that I really liked without always looking like I was heading to a yoga class. Today, there are way more choices… very exciting. Unfortunately, for now, this still usually means buying online, which can be hard when looking for a pair of jeans (or anything else for that matter) – you just don’t know if it’ll fit right!? But so far, so good. I’ve been pretty lucky with my purchases and haven’t had to return many items.
Imagine my glee when I was approached by Melissa of Ecolissa (eco and vegan fashions) to pick out something to try out! I decided on a pair of organic black leggings. (I’m wearing them in the picture above as well as below.) I love the leggings so much that when Ecolissa had an amazing New Year’s sale, I bought an extra pair so I’d have a backup just in case. And as you can imagine, while at her site, I saw lots of other things I wanted. So, I put the blue top you see me wearing below on my xmas list and my husband bought it for me. This blue top — OMG — I love it as much as the leggings… maybe more. It’s soooo soft! I love how it drapes and flows. And, I LOOOVE the color! Mmmm… now I want it in the other reddish color they offer.
But one thing at a time. I need to pace myself as I gradually transition my closet.
So, guess what?! GREAT NEWS! Ecolissa is offering my readers a coupon for 20% off! Use coupon code “eco20″ when you check out. Sweet, huh?!
Oh, and the groovy sneakers I’m wearing? Love those. They’re eco-friendly, made from hemp and organic cotton, the soles are recycled car tire, and the laces are made from recycled PET (PET is made from recycled soda bottles). Bitchin’! (I bought them on Amazon.)
Have you attempted the organic threads transition? How is it going? Share your experiences in the comments box, below. We’d all love to hear!