Even the most green people I know are often at a loss for buying affordable, eco-friendly clothing. Most conventional clothing retailers just haven't jumped on the eco-bandwagon yet. I see the occasional organic cotton t-shirt around but other than that, I have to seek out sustainable duds in specialty stores or online.
So I figured you would want to know about this new-to-me brand of people and earth friendly apparel from a company called Repair the World. Their clothing line is made from a specially manufactured fabric called Reparel that is a blend of recycled polyester and recycled cotton. They sell a lot of basics like t-shirts (including kid sizes) but also some really stylish tops and dresses like this lovely pullover...
- Polyester comes from post-consumer (a fancy word for used) plastic bottles.
- Cotton is recycled from cutting room scraps and textile waste.
- Since the cotton scraps are pre-colored, no other dyes are needed.
- Company partners with Friendship Bridge to support women-owned businesses in Guatemala.
The company sent me this pretty green longsleeved shirt (no, that's not me in the photo!) so I could see for myself what the fabric is like. Even though the shirt is a blend of 50% recycled cotton/50% recycled polyester, it feels like 100% cotton jersey to me. The shirt is super soft and cozy - one of my wardrobe favorites! And at $20, it is totally affordable.
There is some concern that recycled plastic may be contaminated with chemicals like BPA, PVC or triclosan. Although it is not impossible, the company does a good job of explaining how unlikely that is.
Of course there are plenty of other ways to green your wardrobe other than buying new clothing - but if you are looking for something new, I suggest adding Repair the World to your watch list.
Where do you buy eco-friendly clothing?
(Disclosure: I was sent a free Repair the World shirt in exchange for my honest opinion.)