Posts Tagged ‘textiles’

baa is the word

November 18, 2010

The secret word that is!

The grand opening of Icebreaker of New Zealand’s first TouchLab store in New York City is Wednesday, December 1!  And anyone who shops at the new Icebreaker store and says the Secret Password (“BAA BAA”) at check out will receive 10% off at checkout between now and January 1, 2011.

The 2,500-square-foot SoHo store will be Icebreaker’s flagship, located at 102 Wooster Street (betwn Prince & Spring) across the street from Patagonia’s SoHo store (look out Patagonia!).

If you don’t know about Icebreaker and their totally traceable, ethically sourced wool, check out this post (or this one) I wrote about them a while back. (See also their site.)

More incentives to visit Icebreaker…

You can also enter to win 1 of 50 pair of Icebreaker merino socks to people who help spread the word about Icebreaker’s first New York City store. See http://blog.icebreaker.com/2010/11/icebreaker-opens-new-york-city-store-in-soho. I can tell you from experience, these are some seriously awesome socks!

Plus, they’re giving away a trip for two to New Zealand, including an overnight at a merino sheep station (farm).*

What’s so great about Icebreaker’s merino wool goods?

Natural and sustainably produced Icebreaker merino regulates body temperature in both hot and cold weather, is highly breathable to prevent the clamminess associated with synthetics, and protects the wearer from the sun’s harmful rays. It’s also “no stink” without washing, resisting odor for days – sometimes weeks – saving water and detergent versus stinky synthetic materials. Plus, the wool Icebreaker uses comes directly from the farm, so Icebreaker can ensure ethical sourcing and animal welfare.

Icebreaker believes “nature is better than plastic.” I do, too.

*As part of the grand opening, Icebreaker will give away a trip for two to New Zealand. Entrants must visit the store and try on an Icebreaker merino garment and complete the entry form. The prize includes airfare from New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles to New Zealand, one night accommodation on a merino sheep station (farm) in New Zealand, and an Icebreaker layering system for two. See the store for complete details.

change your underwear

November 16, 2010

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know that I’m doing Brooklyn Green Team’s No New Clothing Challenge – a 3-month new clothing fast. Not to brag, but it’s not too challenging for me. Buying used, swapping, hand-me-downs, whatever – most of my clothes are new to me but not straight from the factory. Except for undergarments. And luckily the Green Team’s challenge gives participants a pardon for the skivvies, because I just found this new undies brand that I’m thinking of giving a try. (Wow! I’m getting personal now aren’t I?)

The brand is called PACT. All of their underwear, for women and men, are made with organically grown cotton. But that’s not all! They give 10% of all of their sales to a range of causes, including one of my faves, The Green Belt Movement.

Creative Growth Splatter Bikini

The Green Belt Movement Boxer

Oh yeah, and then there’s this. All of the packaging is either reusable or compostable (read: no plastic). Their goal is to provide a no landfill product that you’ll love.

Learn more about PACT and get a pair or two for you or your loved ones!

no new clothing challenge

November 4, 2010

(Image: Posh Girl Vintage)

I dare you to buy no new clothes for the next 3 months!

(GASP!) Is it possible? You can bet your bottom dollar it is. I buy just about all of my clothes from second-hand/vintage shops (except for the intimates, that is). I’ve scored lovely clothing items at swaps, too (read: free clothes!).

What inspired this dare? The Brooklyn Green Team – self-described as a team of Brooklyn superheroes dedicated to reducing our environmental impact and inspiring othershas started a new challenge to buy no new clothes. They didn’t give a time frame in their message (below), but if my memory serves me – and I have been eating my ginkgo nuts these days – their challenges last for 3 months. (Also see below several compelling reasons why one would want to eschew new clothes.)

How will I accomplish this 3-month marathon of nothing new? I can take some cues from The Uniform Project or Brown Dress and wear the same dress in different ways for many days. If I’m craving something “new” I can scour Etsy and ebay for retro duds, or seek out unique finds following Brooklyn Based’s timely post on Brooklyn’s bevy of vintage boutiques. I can also make or remake my clothes a la Threadbanger. Or I can just make do with what I’ve got – limitation leads to creativity!

So I’m taking the challenge to buy no new clothes for 3 months – won’t you join me?

From the Brooklyn Green Team…

We’re going old-school (is 3 years old school?) and digging in our closets to bring back our
No New Clothing Challenge!*
Join us in going vintage, thrift, recycled, hand-me-down or eco-friendly. Every single action has an impact in some way somewhere on this planet. Because of globalization, we are often disconnected from the impact of our everyday choices. For example, our new fall shirt might be made with cotton that requires 1/3 lb of chemicals to produce and manufactured in a pollution-emitting factory far away.

Let’s make a positive impact and equal the balance. Support local shops owned by locals that dig out wearable treasures from the past and present. This will make you more stylish because five other people aren’t wearing it to work. Unleash your inner fashionista, while helping the planet. Worried about bedbugs? Us too. Throw your clothes in a dryer right away to kill them off OR you could put them in the freezer for 2 weeks (really)!

More compelling reasons to do it:

  • The average American throws away about 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year.
  • 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of insecticides in the U.S. are used to grow cotton.
  • The materials used to make our attire are often environmentally toxic and require significant amounts of energy and water during the manufacturing process.
  • The 12 to 15 percent of people who shopped at consignment and thrift stores in 2006 saved 2.5 billion pounds of clothes from re-entering the waste stream.
  • The manufacturing of nylon emits nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with a carbon footprint 310 times that of carbon dioxide.
  • According to the USDA, in one year alone over 50 million pounds of pesticides were used on U.S. cotton fields. Pesticide and fertilizer use on cotton has been linked to ground and surface water contamination, and the pollution of drinking water. In California, cotton ranks third in the state for total number of pesticide-related illness. Fish and wildlife and also impacted, with pesticides causing migration die-offs and diminished reproductive capacity.

For those of you living in the New York City area, we’ve attached a list of vintage and second-hand clothing stores in our area.

Resources:
Brooklyn is Vintage Store Mecca. Here are a few we know and like:

There are also clothing swaps:

Want to host a Clothing Swap? Rachel Avalon lays out the fundamentals in this video.

If you would like to join the Challenge, please email brooklyngreen@gmail.com
and say, “Yes! I’m ready to join the No New Clothing Challenge !”

Questions? Email us. (brooklyngreen@gmail.com)
Read our [blog] (http://brooklyngreenteam.blogspot.com/) for occasional updates and helpful bits of information.
Stay tuned for an invite to a challenge encouragement get-together…

You are all Super-Duper Heroes!
POW! YOU’VE BEEN GREENED!

*Challenge does not apply to underwear or environmentally friendly clothing. We think it’s only fair.