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Eco-Underwearing Becomes You – socks and undies go green

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

A few things we just have to get new – like underwear. So, I was happy to see Green LA Girl’s post on buying them responsibly by going organic and fair trade. This post says it all, so check it out. I also want to point out that an 8$+ pair of undies is a reasonable cost for something that should last a good, long time (I’m going on 7 years with some of mine) so spending more up front for sustain-a-wear is definitely the eco-friendly and eco-nomic way.

As long as we’re going under, once you’ve worn a pair of organic cotton socks, you’ll never go back to enviro-ugly 3 packs at the chain stores. I promise – try one pair of Maggies Organics socks and you’ll be hooked for life and for the planet. Maggies also brightened up my under life with all the warm and friendly earth colors – including tie dye – available in both socks and tights. You can find Maggie’s Organics, including camisoles and women’s tops, at many stores which carry health foods and/or products or you can visit their website and be inspired by their story. This company is on a mission of sustainable practices both for the planet and people and committed to making good quality stuff. Really, I challenge you – try one pair!

Remember those bamboo t-shirts I love? Well, Bamboosa now makes socks! Bamboo has the added benefit of being moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial, so these crew, 1/4 and ankle socks are a great choice for sports or your average smelly feet. Besides offering green products and using sustainable practices, Bamboosa is a member of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of businesses donating 1% of their sales to environmental organizations.

I have discovered that all my clothes hold up best when washed in cold water and dried on a clothesline, which, of course, saves tons of energy, too. Hang a good day!


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