I used to strictly shop at Banana Republic, where I would buy the same shirt (only on sale), just a slightly different shade of blue and the pocket would be in a different spot. Now that I am greening up, shopping locally and supporting small businesses, I needed to find a new supplier for my clothing needs. At the 2011 Green Expo in Los Angeles I stumbled upon an organic, Made In The US of A clothing company called Bgreen Apparel. I have been wearing Bgreen organic clothing for over a year now and I love it so much that I’m expanding my organic wardrobe as needed.
- Conventionally-grown cotton occupies only 3% of the world’s farmland, but uses 25% of the world’s chemical pesticides.
- Organic clothing does not contain any Genetically Modified Cotton, another sector of the economy to vote against GMOs with your wallet.
- Those with allergies or sensitive skin will benefit from organic cotton clothing, as conventional cotton may retain harmful toxic residues from the pesticides utilized.
- The feel of organic cotton on your skin is noticeably softer and much more comfortable.
Another reason to support businesses that deal in organic products is they usually give back to the community and beyond. An example of this is “T-Shirts For Causes” that Bgreen Apparel sells. 100% of the sales proceeds of The Haiti School Project t-shirts go to raise funds necessary to finish building a school in Haiti. They also have another t-shirt cause that donates 100% of sales proceeds to a fantastic volunteer organization in Los Angeles called LA Works, which I volunteer with regularly.
Another great organic clothing company with a cause is We Add Up. You can choose from over 40 causes to support, such as Compost, Organic, Shop Local, Bike and many more. The tagline printed on the back of each t-shirt is “No One Can Do Everything, But Everyone Can Do
Something.” The front of each t-shirt comes printed with a sequential number by order. People ask me what the number means and this is a great conversation starter to motivate others to take up the cause as well.
Some larger clothing companies are hopping on the organic-cotton-bandwagon, such as American Apparel, which is also made in the USA.
Organic Cotton just feels better, you can tell. Where do you buy your organic clothing, have you found any good discounts out there?
– GreenUp! Guy