It takes about two-thirds of a pound of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to make a single pair of jeans, according to the Sustainable Cotton Project. Before you swear off denim, button up this: Eco-minded fashion designers are sewing sustainable jeans and jackets ranging from classic to ultra-hip.
Del Forte Denim
Crafted using denim made from 100 percent organic cotton grown in the United States, Del Forte Denim's collection for women includes jeans, jackets, shorts and a mini-skirt. "Project Rejeaneration" offers discounts to consumers who recycle their old Del Forte togs. $165 to $210
From dungarees to low-rise, Rawganique offers 10 styles of unisex jeans made from certified-organic cotton and hemp. All are European made in factories using fair labor practices. $55 to $100 for petite through plus sizes.
The new "Levi's Eco" line includes some of the company's most popular styles made with all-or almost all-organic cotton. Other green components include recycled buttons, rivets and zippers. Some of the denim is dyed with natural indigo, and all packaging is made from organic fabric or recycled paper printed with soy-based ink. Red Tab Eco: $85 per pair. Capital E Eco: starts at $245 per pair.