Many people believe that it takes a huge overhaul to make your wardrobe eco-friendly.  But there are a few simple steps that will make you, your clothes, and your world much happier, clearer, and healthier: Washing- An article of clothing goes through many phases throughout its life.  From harvesting the plant to make the material, to weaving the fabric, to construction of the garment, packaging, transportation, and wear. Well, believe it or not, the "use/wear" stage uses 50% more energy than all other stages combined.  Luckily, you can make a huge change in this important stage. [caption id="attachment_2413" align="alignright" width="190" caption="Seventh Generation Free & Clear Natural Laundry Detergent contains no optical brigteners, no phosphate, and no animal derived materials."][/caption]
  • Use Paraben and Phosphate-Free Detergent -phosphates can cause harmful algae growth booms in waterways
  • Avoid Bleach- bleach companies are not required to list their ingredients
  • Wash in Cold Water
  • Hang Dry When Possible
Re-Wear Those Old Clothes- Of course, continuing to wear your own clothes helps. You can do this by repairing or redesigning older pieces.  If you do want to vamp up your wardrobe, then try shopping for unique accessories in vintage and consignment stores instead of buying from department stores. Donate- Easiest way to make a difference is to recycle clothing.  It is very easy to locate a donation bin or center no matter where you live.  Goodwill and Salvation Army are always wanting donations.  Depending on availability, many cities have clothing recycle centers that will use the fabrics to make blankets for local charities. [caption id="attachment_2419" align="alignleft" width="265" caption="Guru's Sand Linen Tunic with Navy Piping is constructed with linen in its natural color free of any dyes or pigment."][/caption] Invest in Quality Fabrics- Pay attention to labels.  Avoid rayon, polyester, non-organic cottons, and other cotton "blends".  Look for sustainable fabrics.  Guru uses only sustainable fabrics.  75 % of our production is made with linen. Not only is linen a biodegradable fabric, but is also saves energy due to its needing only a fraction of the water required for other fabrics such as cotton and bamboo.  Another positive of this fabric is that it requires manual labor, and cannot be farmed using machinery.  This helps the environment and supplies many jobs to workers. Make your garment purchase not only fun for you, but also make it an action of which you can be proud. Happy, Healthy Living from Guru!