Monday, December 21, 2009

your shirt's imprint

every action we take has an impact. whether negative or positive. being green isn't just totes anymore. it's our clothing. the good news is that in a city like NYC, there are so many options, green clothing stores galore (Kaight, Camilla Boutique, AuH20, Playback Clothing and Nau for a limited time) and there's tons of vintage.

...environmental problems caused by the common cotton T-shirt range widely, from irrigation-based farming practices that strain water supplies and damage ecosystems, to overuse of chemical fertilizers, to water pollution from dye wastes:
  • Only about 10 percent of dye wastes are recycled, and about a third of the rest flows directly to the environment. In provinces like Xinjiang, this waste is a major contributor to industrial and municipal pollution so severe that nearly 1 in 4 of China’s 1.3 billion people drink contaminated water every day.
Did you know that conventional cotton from Africa is made with a lot less chemical fertilizer and pesticides than that from China?
  • The researchers found that the use of agrichemicals differed widely among major supply regions, with China’s own farmers dosing their fields with six times more fertilizer and pesticide than growers in sub-Saharan Africa. American farmers and others in Brazil fall somewhere in the middle.

Read more about your 1 Tequilla, 2 Tequilla, 3 Tequilla, Floor t-shirt on Mother Nature Network.


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