Sunday, July 5, 2009

Easy Ways to Go Green: 7 Earth-Savvy Style Options

1.Dress in eco-chic clothingLara Miller's Melissa tunic is 100 percent bamboo, yet it's as soft as silk. (For stores, go to laramiller.net. Linda Loudermilk, an eco-couture designer, uses fabric made from sasawashi (Japanese leaf), along with bamboo, soya, and other exotic self-sustaining plants (lindaloudermilk.com.

2.Opt for new undiesWearing 100 percent organic-cotton panties reduces your exposure to chemical pesticides in a sensitive area. Try Blue Canoe brand (goodhumans.com).

3.Make up with Mother Nature Aveda's All-Sensitive Body Formula moisturizing body oil uses organic jojoba. What's more, most of Aveda's packaging is made from recycled material. A makeup line that's entirely organic: Nvey Eco (econveybeauty.com). We particularly like its eyeshadows.

4.Get sporty, eco-style Patagonia's PCR fleece vest ($70) is made from recycled soda bottles.

5.Buy organic for babyHanna Andersson makes her children's clothing with 100 percent organic cotton grown without harmful chemicals (hannaandersson.com). This garment is also certified to meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 requirements, meaning every fabric, button, thread, and zipper is tested for more than 100 potentially harmful substances. Another source for organic-cotton baby clothes is Wal-Mart's new George Baby line for sizes up to nine months.

6.Teach kids to be greenGive your little ones responsibility for your family's recycling and match whatever they make in deposits at the store. They'll learn about money and recycling at the same time.

7.Be clean (and green)Pangea Organics soaps, which are made with organic and often Fair Trade Certified ingredients, are scented with oils like lavender and lemongrass. They come in a biodegradable carton that will start disintegrating within 48 hours if you plant it in your garden. Available at Whole Foods Markets.

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