Become A Cool Environmentalist

Who knew that our most private pieces of clothing could make such an environmental impact?  Who knew they can enlarge your carbon footprint?

But did you know that underwear is the most purchased clothing item for women? I mean, it makes sense – who’s the woman wearing 5-year old-underwear? Plus, it’s usually cheaper than buying a new dress or shoes. When I’m feeling the urge to splurge, Victoria’s Secret is one of the first places I go.  Some store should open a sexy environmentalist branded section.
environmental impacts of its clothing products from design through delivery.

And apart from quantity overload, cotton based undergarments can do some serious environmental damage.

The cotton is basically soaked in pesticides and chemical fertilizers as its growing and saturated with chemical dyes – basically used and abused for those extra special Valentine’s Day intimates.

What’s involved in becoming this type of environmentalist?

Although I should know that for men, it seems to be the opposite. When money’s tight, under clothing suddenly becomes expendable (I know – gross).  According to a recent article in the Washington Post, these purchases for men are on the rise following suits with the rise in our economy. Seriously men, how about giving up beer or digital cable before new, clean under layer?  Hey, I know I’m whistling in the wind, particularly now that football season is upon us.

Luckily, whether man or woman, the undergarment industry is starting to go green. Allegedly (I have read about new products but their website did not indicate this fact)

Victoria’s Secret is starting to offer earth-friendly bras, and men’s underwear from Patagonia not only offers organic products but will even recycle them for you. An odd concept but also pretty awesome, it’s called the “Common Threads Recycling Program” . Started in 2005, customers can return recyclable garments – from fleece to performance baselayers – to be remade into new clothing. Way to go Patagonia!  Plus Patagonia has gone a step further with its “Footprint Chronicles“.  The website discusses the

UK based green site has been reviewing greener under garment products. With pin-up girl inspired looks made from organic bamboo, hemp silk, and lavender – steamy nights have never been so eco-conscious. Also check out the Faeriesdancewebsite for more organic intimates.

And, of course, if you feel like being really real natural, try going commando – the ultimate in sexy environmentalist fashion.

But on a serious closing note, clothing choices and the volume of your wardrobe impacts your carbon footprint.   Fewer, more durable clothes, and getting the most of each item is an important way that you can reduce your lifetime carbon footprint and save a little money along the way.

frapartTo brush up on other ways and ideas on how to become a sexy environmentalist, be sure to visit the Green Blizzard Store and check out these other Green Blizzard lifestyle articles that might be of interest: Carbon Impact of MeatsEnergy MisconceptionsLow Flows in the Home ShowerReusable Coffee Mugs and SleevesAll That Glitters is Not Gold


About the author

Samantha Frapart

Samantha was the first staff writer at Green Blizzard, way back during the start-up phase, and has written a series of fresh and spirited articles from the millennial's perspective. Samantha's portfolio of green living tips ranges from green apartment living, urban transportation options, green underwear choices, re-usable coffee cups, bathroom habits, and even…. drinking straws.