green guide

how to green your wardrobe

Photo from The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Guide

Some people think eco-friendly fashion is expensive. And it's true -- a lot of it is. But not all of it. There are other ways to green your wardrobe to help Mother Earth.

A couple of years ago, I was a contributing writer to the official Live Earth book and I wrote this piece on an eco-friendly makeover. Above is before the makeover. Check out after.

how to green your wardrobe

Photo from The Live Earth Global Warming Survival Guide

Simple steps to green your wardrobe:

Be mindful of cleaning -- 85 percent of dry cleaners use the chemical PERC, which is linked to cancer and reproductive damage. Plus, that plastic they wrap clothes with...is it really necessary? Instead, wash in cold water when you can -- hot water uses a lot of energy. Or check out eco-friendly dry cleaners.

Check your feet -- Tannic acid, formaldehyde, and other chemicals that are sometimes added to leather boots to keep them from decaying aren't good for the planet. Find leathers that are vegetable tanned. You can also re-sole your shoes instead of tossing them or buy canvas or other biodegradable footwear.

When Buying New, Think About Fabric -- Nylon, polyester, and other synthetic fabrics use a lot of fossil fuel when in production. Bamboo and organic cotton fabrics are naturally regenerative.

Buy Handmade -- Small companies don't use all the energy and add pollutants to the air like a huge company does to make its goods. I think you all know how much I love Etsy

Buy Vintage and Second-Hand -- You'll be recycling clothes -- and I think you get the best stuff from vintage and thrift stores anyway. Many high profile designers go vintage shopping for inspiration for new looks. Buy the original.

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