Need something new to wash? With the pennies you’ve saved hanging some clothes dry, mixing your own cleaners and using rags instead of disposable synthetic cloths, treat yourself to a soft, sweet fling in organic cotton. The U.S. market for organic cotton has blossomed from $86 million in 2001 to $275 million in 2005, so there’s a lot of the stuff in play and it’s getting more and more affordable.
Before you search the web, take a look around your locale and you might score a find. In my neighborhood outlet shop, for instance, my pal Erin the Eagle-eyed snagged a flouncy white organic cotton skirt, locally made by Ryann, for only $25. Ryann’s owner and designer Raina Blyer uses only organic cotton or recycled fiber fabrics with low-impact dyes. And transporting the skirt from the Lower East Side to Chelsea burned only two fuel miles. Plus, It could also work as a cape, so Erin really got two garments in one. See www.lookatryann.com
Got any recommendations for locally made green clothing in your hometown? Or gripes about the lack thereof? Please let us know!