A MetaEfficient Men’s Winter Outfit For 2010

In this new series of posts, I will be reviewing the top MetaEfficient Products of 2010. For a product to be considered MetaEfficient it must be: green, functional, durable and reasonably priced. Where possible, the product should be made by a company with high environmental standards and good manufacturing ethics. Our featured Men’s Winter Outfit is multifunctional — it works …

Organic Maternity Clothing

Nothing makes you want to save the earth for future generations more than creating your own future generation. As your belly grows, and your wardrobe along with it, purchasing organic maternity clothes is a giant step in the right direction when it comes to keeping pesticides and herbicides out of the environment. What’s equally as important is that, by going …

Women’s Organic Cotton Jeans

From a lazy Sunday to a night out on the town, nothing is more versatile than your favorite jeans. Accordingly, they are probably the most-worn item in your wardrobe. If they’re going to spend that much time hugging your thighs in all the right spots, shouldn’t you make sure that hug doesn’t involve a chemical cloud? These days, green is …

Women’s Organic Athletic Wear

Chances are, when you hit the gym, the yoga studio or the pavement, you’re trying to do something good for yourself. Why not do something good for the planet at the same time? By simply buying organic the next time you restock your workout drawer, you can reduce the amount of toxins absorbed by your body and the amount of …

Ultra-Efficient Design Meets Low-Impact Manufacturing: Patagonia Wetsuits

If you’re not a surfer or a diver, a wetsuit may seem like a fairly specialized or even obscure piece of equipment. But once in a while, a product arrives on the market that’s noteworthy not only for how well it performs its job, but also for how it’s designed and produced. Such is the case with the amazingly efficient …

Old Running Shoes Never Die – But Brooks BioMoGo Really Does Fade Away

A critical aspect of a product’s “efficiency” involves not just what it does, but also where it comes from and where it goes after its useful life. Brooks has taken an innovative step to improve the life-cycle efficiency of its running shoes with its biodegradable BioMoGo cushioning material.

Five Efficient T-Shirts Of 2008

Just a couple years ago, a simple organic cotton T-shirt wasn’t so easy to find. Now, with Quicksilver, H&M, and even Forever 21 getting into the green fashion business, eco-friendly T-shirts are a dime a dozen. Still, finding well-fitting and stylish T-shirts made using fair labour can take some work — especially if you’re interested in the latest in eco-friendly …

Efficient Jeans: Those Made With Organic Cotton Or Hemp

Efficient jeans are still hard to find. Conventionally grown cotton requires more pesticides to grow than any other crop. The more efficient method is to grow organic cotton or hemp. The surf company Reef makes some good organic cotton jeans, like their Heritage Jeans (shown above), their Philosopher Jeans and Heritage Cords. The outdoor clothing company Patagonia offers organic cotton …

The Most Efficient Material For Cold Weather: Merino Wool

Smartwool Zip Midlayer Sweater

Merino wool is the most efficient material for cold weather. Merino wool is softer than regular wool, and it feels more like cotton against the skin. Merino wool resists wind and warms better than synthetic materials. It doesn’t absorb odors and it regulates body temperature. It is also produced in a sustainable manner. The jacket pictured here is the Smartwool …

Icebreaker: Efficient Wool T-Shirts For Warm Weather

Icebreaker, a New Zealand company, is proving that wool can be worn in warm weather. They have released a new line of  “ultra-fine” merino wool T-shirts.  I’ve been testing their Tech T Lite while biking, it has performed quite admirably in the heat — it keeps you cool, and retains less odor than a cotton shirt. I am prone to …