Saturday, April 16, 2011

Wear “Green” Clothes After St. Patrick’s Day-guest post

Hi guys, this is a guest post from the lovely Krista Peterson. Enjoy!!!

Every March we find ourselves rummaging through our closet, turning our dresser upside down, and pulling the cushions up from off the couch so that we can find that one green shirt we’ve got stored away for St. Patrick’s day. Well, did you know, wearing “green” clothes can be a fashionable, fun, and environmentally conscious way of expressing yourself even after St. Patties Day? And I’m not just talking about the color. Clothes that are “green” are made from eco-friendly, organic materials that are often recycled and reused. Aside from pulling off a funky, cool new look, you’ll be doing your health and the environment a big favor.

Some huge reasons to make the switch over to green clothing are the health benefits. Did you know that eco-friendly, organic clothes contain virtually no toxins that can damage your skin and cause allergies? Other store bought clothes, especially those made in China, can contain formaldehyde and asbestos. Side effects of extended contact with these toxins include asthma, headaches, depression, insomnia, and in extreme cases: mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs.

Sporting “green” clothes and accessories also does the environment a huge favor. Often times, worn out clothes will end up sitting in landfills, taking up precious space where a school, park, or library could have potentially been built. Certain materials, such as nylon and leather, can take up to 40 years to decompose! Taking the time to repurpose your old clothes into creative, unique fashions can make a bigger impact than you may think. And not only is it an environmentally conscious practice, it can be a fun activity for the whole family.

And when people start asking you where you got such a cute outfit, you can proudly explain to them how you made it from scratch! Organic clothing is becoming the latest trend when it comes to expressing yourself while protecting your environment. Avoiding asbestos and formaldehyde is pretty important too; especially when you consider how short the mesothelioma life expectancy is. Switching over to a “green” lifestyle can help you make healthier choices every day. Even when it comes to the big ones: like deciding what to wear!

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