Green Your Life: Greening Out Your Closet

| 4/22/2009 3:43:05 PM

With all the clothing options out there, make sure you keep the planet in mind when you’re shopping the racks. Photo by jcolman/Courtesy Flickr.

On my quest to slowly green my life, I realize that there is still one huge facet of my life that I haven’t really dealt with yet: my wardrobe. Most of my favorite shirts, skirts and dresses—many made from fabric hodgepodges—weren’t very Earth-friendly. For the first time, I was ashamed of my clothes.

I’ve decided that from now on, I’ll be keeping the planet in mind when I shop. Here are some of the things I’ll be considering the next time I buy clothes.

There are some really great Earth-friendly fabrics out there, each with its own list of benefits, and here are the three I’ll focus on in the future.

-Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides and is processed without chemical dyes or bleach—which means fewer chemicals for you to worry about. Organic cotton is the eco-friendly version of a classic, so one of its biggest benefits is its familiarity; it’s a fabric that everyone has grown up with, so there are no surprises down the road, like how it feels or how to care for it. Sites such as offer a wide variety of organic cotton apparel.

-Hemp is another viable clothing option. It is a very renewable resource because it grows so quickly, and is naturally resistant to weeds and other pests, so it doesn’t require any chemicals to grow. I’ve never worn hemp before, so I can’t attest to its comfort, but looking at sites like really makes me want to try some on.