Green Tip of the Month: Eco-friendly Fashion
Organic cotton: worth the cost?
Organic cotton is made without pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and harsh dyes that can be bad for your skin and harmful to the environment. Pesticides used on conventional cotton crops have been known to seep into local streams, rivers and even public water supplies. However, the biggest growers of organic cotton are India, Turkey, Peru, China and Africa, which means your garment is likely shipped from thousands of miles away, adding to its carbon footprint.
Sell or donate unwanted clothing (versus throwing it out) to a consignment store, and do your shopping there too. Consignment stores accept in-season, gently-used clothing and accessories. Or check out Rockefeller’s unofficial Thrift Shop, located in the Faculty House laundry room (check Classifieds for hours). Textiles can also be dropped off weekly at 26 Greenmarkets in NYC. Visit grownyc.org/clothing for more info.
Wear with care
Increase clothing longevity by repairing rips and missing buttons rather than tossing the item. Follow wash instructions carefully, and use “green” dry cleaners or at-home kits for clothes that need it. Also, air dry clothes rather than exposing them to high heat. In the lab, wearing lab coats isn’t only a safety measure; it protects your clothing from stains.
Did You Know?
The average New Yorker tosses 46 pounds of clothing and other textiles in the trash each year.