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Buying New Clothes from Green Companies

Before you head to the mall for some clothes shopping, check out the stores to find out where and how their clothes are made and reward the stores whose principles match your green outlook with your patronage. If they’re responsible manufacturers (or if they get their clothes from such manufacturers), they’re very likely to have space devoted to their efforts on their Web sites. You can also ask store staff or management about how the company’s clothes were manufactured.

You can find plenty of companies selling green clothes either online or in stores by typing eco-fashion or organic clothes into your favorite Internet search engine. Some of the companies to try include:

  • American Apparel promotes itself as paying the highest wages in the U.S. garment industry as well as selling several sustainable edition lines made from organic cotton.

  • Ecomall is one of the most extensive directories of sustainable U.S. retailers.

  • Natural Collection offers an online catalog of ecologically considered products. The company is based in the United Kingdom but ships to the United States.

  • The Organic Pages Online offers a list of Organic Trade Association members that manufacture and/or sell textile and apparel products.

  • Patagonia is a global sports apparel company that offers organic cotton products as well as fleeces made from recycled plastics.

  • Terra Plana sells shoes made from vegetable-tanned leather. Based in the United Kingdom, the company has U.S. representatives.

Good clothes bought today will last long enough to be the vintage buys of the future. If you buy fewer better-quality items instead of many cheaper items, you help to reduce the amount of clothing produced in the long run.

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