Men’s Bamboo Fiber Shirt

Bamboo Textile has released a new, thicker men’s bamboo shirt. (We outlined the advantages of bamboo fiber clothing previously). We were thinking a thicker bamboo shirt would be a good idea — the thinner ones are really only suitable for summer, or to wear as an undershirt. The new shirt is 70% bamboo fiber and 30% cotton, and is made …

Natural Indigo Jeans: Metaefficient?

Originally, jeans were dyed with the color of the actual indigo plant. Today, natural indigo jeans can’t be considered metaefficient because they are expensive and only available as a kind of designer jean. Notwithstanding this, people admire these jeans because of their distinctive, deeply hued appearance. The story behind them is interesting too. There are at least three companies making …

Bamboosa Clothing

More bamboo fiber clothing! This time made in the U.S. and organically produced. Bamboosa is an eco-efficient company based in Andrews, South Carolina. They blend bamboo fiber with organic cotton to make an innovative range of clothing. The men’s short, pictured here, is made from 100% bamboo French terry fabric (i.e. extremely soft). Bamboosa is a sweatshop-free company, they use …

Bamboo Clothes

Bamboo Textile sells clothes made out of bamboo fiber. Why bamboo? Well, its one of the softest fabrics in the world &#8212 softer than cotton, and it has a slightly silky sheen. It also very breatheable, which makes its great to wear in spring and summer. The other advantage of this fabric is that bamboo is a readily renewable resource …

FoxFibre Socks: “Color Grown” Cotton

Socks don’t get much more natural than this. These socks are made of FoxFiber, a cotton that grows naturally in brown and green, so no dye is required to make these socks. The brown and green fibers will deepen with first couple of washings. We are glad to have tracked these down at Good Humans — FoxFibre clothing is difficult …

Hemp T-Shirts: Durable and Efficient

These shirts by Good Hemp are a blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. They are sweatshop and pesticide free, fairtraded and priced at $9.95 to boot. We’ve worn these shirts and they are very soft and feel quite durable due to the hemp content — we’ll probably have these for a while before they wear out. Available in …

MEC Organics

The Mountain Equipment Co-Op (MEC) is a Canadian outfitter that offers a range of organic clothing. Pictured here is their “Matawin Organic Cotton Short Sleeve Shirt“, made of 100% organic cotton, and sold for $38.00 CAD. Also available: organic cotton mens’ and womens’ pants, hoodies, hats and socks. Available from: MEC

Attractive + Renewable = Metaoptimal

Attractive clothing that is also produced in co-ordination with our natural systems is metaoptimal. These are styles made from organic fibers and natural dyes. Benefits: Organic farming practices improve soil fertility, safeguard farm workers, health, and preserve the quality of the environment for future generations. Regular cotton is grown on roughly 3% of all cultivated land, yet accounts for 25% …

Nike Releases “Considered” Footwear Line

Nike has released a new line of footwear called “Considered”, which they claim is produced using sustainable manufacturing practices, quite different from the way most athletic shoes are currently made, and quite efficient if their claims are true. Some examples: 80% less solvents and glues used; simpler designs involving fewer production steps including less stitching; materials are sourced closer to …

Merino Wool Baselayer: Hypereffective

Most outdoors stores don’t even stock merino wool underwear these days, but it is the hypereffective choice. Pure Merino wool provides a combination of softness and thermal regulation. Wool insulates even when wet and helps regulate body temperature while absorbing and evaporating moisture to eliminate bacteria and odor. A women’s version is also available. Available from: Campmor ($30)