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Bamboo Hangers

by Justin Thomas •

We’ve featured quite a bit of optimal and sustainable clothing over the years, but what about those devices you use to hang up your clothing? We mentioned the bioplastic hangers, available from Earthsaver. Now, the Great American Hanger Company has launched a new line of bamboo hangers, and these hangers really show off the beauty of bamboo (see the close-up …

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Optimal: Making Manufacturing Processes Transparent: Patagonia

by Justin Thomas •

Patagonia is really a leader in effective, green manufacturing. Now the company is making its manufacturing processes as transparent as possible. Patagonia has created a web site called the Footprint Chronicles, where you can track the eco “footprint” of several pieces of Patagonian clothing. Also listed in the amount of waste and CO2 generated as the garments are produced — …

Merino Wool: Optimal Green Winter Material

by Justin Thomas •

Merino wool is an optimal green material for use in winter. In contrast to most other synthetic materials that are commonly used to make winter garb, it is quite sustainable. It’s softer than regular wool, resists wind, regulates body temperature, and warms better than synthetic material. Some good maker of natural merino wool clothing are Smartwool, Patagonia, Ibex and Icebreaker …

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Efficient Material of the Year: Bamboo

by Justin Thomas •

Well, this year bamboo takes the prize as efficient material of the year. We’ve got to hand it to the grass that is showing us yet another side of its efficiency. Since bamboo products are still sometimes difficult to locate, we had to track down these items from a number of different sources. First on the list, are two bamboo …

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Bamboo Socks

by Justin Thomas •

Bamboo socks are efficient because they don’t retain odor and are very comfortable to wear. But we’ve also learned that producing bamboo fiber involves a great deal of chemical treatment. Socks made with hemp or organic cotton are the most efficient overall.

High-Wire Hemp Jacket by Patagonia

by Justin Thomas •

Over the years, Patagonia has been honing their use of effective materials in their clothing design. They make use of natural materials which allow the regulation of temperature and moisture — this is something that synthetic materials cannot reproduce.

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New Bamboo Fiber Goods

by Justin Thomas •

We’ve detailed the benefits of bamboo fiber previously, noting the excellent softness and anti-bacterial qualities of this fiber. For those who wanted to try out bamboo fiber, you can do so inexpensively, since bamboo washcloths are being sold for $2 each on eBay in white and pink. Also, Bamboosa, a major bamboo clothing manufacturer in the U.S., has released bamboo …

Organic Cotton Shirts by Prana

by Justin Thomas •

Prana makes clothing out of 100% organic cotton, mostly activewear for climbing and yoga, but they also produce casual clothing like this “Cabana Stripe” shirt. Their web site doesn’t tell you much about how the shirts are made. But we did discover from another source that they are produced in the US. It’s available from Northern Mountain Supply for $45 …

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Natural Indigo Jeans: Metaefficient?

by Justin Thomas •

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 …

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Bamboo Clothes

by Justin Thomas •

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 …