Dress With​​​​​​​ Kindness
Natural Solutions|June 2017
Dress With​​​​​​​ Kindness

How sustainable fashion can make a difference.

Michael A. Miller

Behind the scenes, the fashion industry is not as glamorous as glossy magazine spreads would have you believe. But some clothing manufacturers are giving fast fashion a kick in the pants by fighting environmental issues you wouldn’t normally associate with the fashion industry.

Whether you hike under great oaks, spot animals in the wild, or lounge at the beach, you’re enjoying an element of nature that is jeopardized by anthropogenic pressure. Unexpectedly, your wardrobe can help. Here are three environmental issues (and their solutions) that you probably didn’t think you could solve by upgrading to a more sustainable wardrobe.

ISSUE: wood waste

Trees are our friends. From preserving our climate by sequestering CO2 to making this planet habitable by providing oxygen in return, one might even say we owe our lives to these green goliaths. When used sustainably, trees also provide us with materials for constructing shelters, generating energy, and more. Unfortunately, this beautiful and precious resource is often squandered.

In urban areas, wood from sawn lumber, pruned branches, and shipping pallets often goes to waste. According to the Construction and Demolition Recycling Organization, wood comprises most of the 325 million tons of annual construction waste, which is one of the largest components of the solid waste stream in the US. For example, out of California’s 3.8 million tons of annual urban wood waste, just 12 percent is diverted from the landfill. Much of this wood could be recycled for further use or used for energy production. But before you rush out and hug the nearest tree, check out this creative way to look cool on your next woodsy hike while minimizing how much recyclable lumber retires to our landfills.

SOLUTION: reclaim your cool

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June 2017