T-shirt

6 ways to Green Your T-shirt

Whether it's a minimal black V-neck or a well-worn memento picked up during a musical concert, the T-shirt isn't just a ubiquitous clothing staple but a manifestation of one's persona. Even so, a single cotton T (no matter how character revealing) can take its toll on the environment. The good news is that increasingly green choices can be made.

  1. Choose organic cotton T-shirts

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    Wear your eco-conscientious heart on your tag and not on your sleeve with organic cotton T-shirts, an alternative to T's made from cotton that's been doused with chemicals.

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  2. Choose T-shirts colored with organic dyes

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    Although the fabric used in your favorite T-shirt may be all natural, its eye-catching canary yellow coloring may be anything but.

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  3. Choose eco-friendly fiber T-shirts

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    T-shirts made from fibers such as bamboo, hemp, and soy are both sustainable and stylish, requiring much less water, fewer chemicals, and minimal land space, too.

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  4. Reuse old T-shirts

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    After cleaning out your closet or drawers, the garbage bin doesn't have to be your old T-shirt's next home—there are multiple ways to breathe new life into a musty old T.

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  5. Choose used T-shirts

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    Whether scored at a vintage, upscale consignment shop or run-of-the-mill thrift store, sporting second-hand styles is both a bold fashion statement and an act of eco-aware consumerism.

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  6. Recycle old clothing

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    Although you may not have use for it any more, an old T-shirt can be given to a charitable organization where it will be resold, donated, or recycled into new fabric.

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