Tips & Resources
- Organic means the garment or accessory is manufactured without pesticides, insecticides, or other synthetic chemicals. While a mere one percent of cotton used in manufacturing is truly organic, 94% is genetically modified, and cotton uses 17% of the world’s insecticides. Look for these labels: USDA Certified Organic, GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard), and Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.
- Many plants can be made into alternative fabrics, such as Tencel, which is derived from eucalyptus trees, and linen, bamboo, and hemp. Look for these labels: USDA Certified Organic, GOTS (the Global Organic Textile Standard) and Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.
- Low-impact dyed means the color of the product is achieved using fewer, less environmentally damaging chemicals than some other processes, and less water. Bluesign® certified products use 45% fewer chemicals and 25% less water.
- Fair Trade is the business practice of sustainably manufacturing goods in economically disadvantaged areas in order to alleviate poverty and reduce inequality. Look for these labels: Fair Trade Certified, Fair Trade Federation
Featured Expert: Rachel Sarnoff
Featured on The Today Show, Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is a journalist and sustainability advocate. The former CEO of Healthy Child Healthy World, Rachel was the co-founder of the online magazine EcoStiletto and authored The Big List of Things That Suck. She publishes mommygreenest.com and is a partner at Give + Take Swap Boutique.
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