Green jeans?

I tend to think of myself as a bit of a fashionista--albeit without the budget. So when this came across the transom last week, it put my Costco knickers in a twist. The New York Times reported that fast fashion, trendy items from the Targets and H&Ms of the world, contribute to global warming because of how the garments are manufactured and then cared for--that is repeatedly washed, dried and then discarded.

Living on Earth recently did a fine piece on the environmental devastation wreaked by the denim industry; how the chemicals and processes used in “distressing” jeans are polluting nearby waterways. The water is blue, but not in a good way.

Obviously, all these amazing yarns we love aren't so green either. What's a girl to do?


Some late breaking thoughts in the comments:

1. Move to a farm. I suspect many of us, however, might still want to wear cute cropped trousers while tending our crops.

2. Recycle yarn. There's an intrepid knitter at The Lamb, who is forever scouring thrift stores in search of cashmere and wool sweaters she can rip, restyle and knit.

3. Hang clothes to dry. Even in the midst of this ferocious winter, Mitch has been hanging laundry in the basement, Lord love him. Your jeans turn out a bit crunchy, but the added moisture in the house is certainly welcome. Another benefit: Our natural gas bills have plummeted.

4. Donate. Give older clothes to charities such as Goodwill Industries, ARC or women's shelters.

5. Knit or crochet old tee-shirts into rugs. Invest in a rotary cutter and slice those “non starters“ into super-absorbant strips and stitch up a rag rug.



Comments (5) -

January 29. 2007 01:31


Time to move to a farm, buy and an alpaca and a sheep and call it a day.  ;)

Christie |

January 29. 2007 03:05


We could quit bathing our clothes, rather a smelly prospect.  I like the moving to a farm idea.  How about recycling yarn?

Pam |

January 29. 2007 10:32


Cute cropped trousers?  Of course!  I could wear my cute heels whilst milking the cows.

I've recylced yarn before...and it's not too bad of a prospect.  The only think that I've found is that the gauge of the original garment isn't the same as when I knit it up.

Also, I've donated so many clothes, bought donated clothes, but never thought of recycling clothes into rugs.  I think I know where my old sheets are going now, though.

Christie |

January 29. 2007 13:15


I can't really recommend tending crops in cropped pants.  Bugs, snakes, and the dirt goes in your socks and shoes.  Ask me how I know.

In a similar vein, I've been doing some thinking lately about fair trade yarns and man, there is NOT much out there.  And what little there is requires a heck of a lot of petroleum to get to us.  And there's the whole problem with the cashmere  goats in china and their effect on the land.  You can get pretty distraught before you even scratch the surface.  

jenifleur |

June 29. 2007 12:09


So, my guess is P. Phil predicted early spring for Pennsylvania. Based on what I'm seeing out my windows, Colorado's in for a longer snowy haul. BRRR! Cashmere up to the CHIN. Or, better yet, qiviut. Turns out that stuff's durable. The qiviut gaiter I have has been a blessing this winter and

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