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“There is no such thing as an ‘Eco’ clothing brand” explains designer Volkova.

This is definitely an interesting concept and something I haven’t exactly thought of before. Chances are you might not have either…

In an article on TreeHugger, she brings up a great point that more clothing lines means more trucks running, more factories producing, and since companies burn what they don’t sell…ultimately more waste. Volkova is offering something new and intriguing to society. Drum roll please… Patterns. If you’re like myself, you’re thinking “okay, there is NO way I can sew…this would look like a heap of cloth with random stitches in it” Well, I have news for you…the woman is a mind reader and one step ahead of us.

You can download the patterns then take them to your local tailor or seamstress to create if you’re not too handy with the needle and thread. This is beneficial for everyone. You can pick the cloth you want and even change the exact style that Volkova created. Whatever you want to do, you can. Plus, you start a relationship with your local tailor and by giving them business in an economy like the one we’re in, I’m sure they would appreciate the business.

You might be saying, “Alright Kate, in theory this is awesome and I’d like to high five you but this is going to be expensive!” Not so my dear friend. The patterns run from $6-25 and then it depends on cloth and what your tailor charges…that is it. In relation to the $60-300 items that are online from “eco” companies, this is pocket change.

I’m not suggesting you make your own clothes (unless you can and in that case, I’m impressed and a little jealous) but it is an idea for those of you who are interested. I don’t necessarily want to look like one of Volkova’s models and I think if I wore some of that to my sociology class, I might get a few strange looks but think of the possibilities. If more designers adopted this idea (especially with the use of technology on the rise) the local economy would be booming and we would all just look a little more exciting while helping the environment.

Check out the article on TreeHugger and Watch the video. I’m loving the jacket at 3:40 but I probably wouldn’t carry a plant in that pouch…good to know you could though. 🙂

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I was perusing TreeHugger today and came across this little contraption. As a college student who loves procrastinating, coffee and I have developed quite the loving relationship; however, I can’t help but to have a few qualms about this.

#1) The price: $65. Yikes. I don’t quite understand why in the world this cuff is worth that much. I did a little bit of research and the best reason I can find is, “Only an exceptionally large, high-quality, urban-grown walnut or group of walnut trees would interest a timber or veneer buyer”. Well okay, fantastic…but is it really necessary that I’m wearing an exceptionally large urban grown walnut on my wrist?

I love the idea of this product but would love it so much more if it was affordable. If more people can purchase it and more of those cardboard sleeves can be eliminated, then it will truly serve its purpose.

#2) One size fits all. It says that it is 2 1/4 inches wide and on my wrist, that would be huge. Looking at the picture, it seems as though they could cut the cuff almost in half width wise and still keep my hand burn free (maybe it would even be a tad bit cheaper?). Style aside, I am assuming the cuff, since it is wood, does not bend to fit a small cup or stretch to fit a large. Would this item really be practical?

However, if you still want to purchase this cuff you can go here

Otherwise, there are also a lot of other sites that are selling cloth ones that slip onto your drink but they don’t double as a bracelet if you just type in Coffee Cuffs in yahoo or google. The ones on coffeecuff.com have clips you can clip onto your purse or your keychain so that it is always with you.

What do you think?

Something that I have been looking into for a while now is the idea of clothing made out of bamboo rather than cotton. At first, I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical of the idea; however, I am now a proud owner of a bamboo sweatshirt (made by Triple 5 Soul) and I’m hooked. I’ve had my eye on an awesome t-shirt from Blend Apparel but without knowing how bamboo feels and works as the main fabric, I’ve held off purchasing it.

Now as a proud owner, I can testify that bamboo, as a fabric, feels like your favorite t-shirt that you have had for years and years and just can’t seem to part with it. You know exactly what I’m talking about. One of those shirts your friends and family beg you to toss into the garbage because they’re afraid it will fall to pieces any second. Oh yeah, it feels like that but so much better because it’s new, holds up wonderfully, and looks fantastic. What more could you ask for?

Blend Apparel explains why they use bamboo:

“Bamboo fabric is softer than cotton and feels like a cross between silk and your favorite shirt you’ve washed a zillion times. It is also quick to absorb moisture, therefore keeping you dry and odor free. Bamboo fabric is easy to dye and can be done so without the use of harsh chemicals, and by using less water than conventional methods. It is a naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic product grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource as new shoots are constantly growing. Bamboo also releases more oxygen into the atmosphere than trees! Planting bamboo can help reduce carbon dioxide in the air, and soil erosion in the earth. Overall, the production of bamboo clothing has a lower impact on the environment than conventional cotton farming methods.”

Certainly worth checking out.

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