Eco-Wool Jacket

by Justin Thomas •

This jacket is made of organic wool manufactured in a fair-traded knitting co-operative. Available from: Hempest ($109)

New Ultralight Summer Wool: Superfine190

by Justin Thomas •

Icebreaker has just released a new line of ultralight merino wool performance wear called Superfine190. The Superfine range uses a smooth, soft wool to create a “cool wool” quality — intended for summer and lightweight warmth when it gets cold. It’s hard to believe these tops are woven from wool, they are so thin. The “190” in the name refers …

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Organic Baby Clothing

by Justin Thomas •

Infants are more susceptible to chemical irritants in clothing. So clothing them in undyed organic cotton reduces the chances of irritation and exposure to chemicals which are used to manufacture conventional baby clothing. These retailers have selections of organic clothing for babies: NutureMama, The Nuture Center, Ecobaby, BlueCanoe, Pangaya Nordic Natural Woollens specializes in baby clothing made from organic wool.

Maggie’s Socks: Functional Organics

by Justin Thomas •

Maggie’s Functional Organics has been manufacturing clothing apparel made from organic fibers for over ten years, specializing in socks. We have found their products to be of good quality. The clothing is made from certified organic cotton, wool, linen and pesticide-free hemp. Here is their FAQ page for details about how their products are manufactured. Home Page: Maggie’s Organic Available …

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Ecoeffective Shoes: Adidas Hemp

by Justin Thomas •

When Adidas came out with these hemp shoes a few years back, they were given grief about it by the federal government and chose to rename them from “Superstar Hemp” to “Gazelle Natural”. Regardless of the politics, hemp is a very durable and “breathes” very well as a shoe material. The soles are made out of recycled rubber — making …

Patagonia: Effective Clothing

by Justin Thomas •

Patagonia is one of the more well-known environmentally conscious corporations, and rightly so. Not all their materials and processes are metaefficient, but they are definitely an example of a viable eco-effective company. Patagonia makes use of organic cotton, organic wool, cashmere, hemp and recycled plastic fleece in their clothing. They also have many environmental initiatives in place, the details of …

Icebreaker Jackets: Innovative Merino Wool

by Justin Thomas •

Icebreaker, a New Zealand company specializing in merino wool performance wear, has just introduced a new line of jackets named PurePlus. The jackets are constructed from two merino fabrics: a stretch knit interior laminated to a finely woven exterior. They are wind resistant, warm and highly breathable. We’ve noted the virtues of merino wool in a previous post. It is …

Merino Wool Jackets by Ibex

by Justin Thomas •

Ibex makes a range of performance wear, using merino wool as their primary ingredient. Merino wool is much softer against the skin than regular wool. Pictured is their men’s “Full Zip” merino wool jacket, priced at $140. Let’s review why merino wool is hypereffective: it’s renewable, biodegradable, an excellent insulator, lightweight (warmest material by weight), naturally moisture wicking, doesn’t smell …