From see-through yoga pants to deadly Bangladeshi garment factory disasters, the dark side of fashion is all over the news these days. With Americans spending more than $325 billion dollars on clothing every year (according to learnvest.com), there is plenty of room for darkness to sneak onto the catwalk.
Sure we want to look good, but the marriage of impulse shopping and cheap fashion has created a throw-away clothes culture that can be devastating. Fashion is taking its toll: according to Eartheasy.com, “Approximately 12 million tons of textile waste is generated each year in North America amounting to approximately 68 lbs of waste per household per year!”
While ethical fashion is about a decade behind the localvore and slow food movements, more and more of us are starting to ask “Is it possible to dress ethically and fashionably?”
The answer is yes. Like organic, local food, ethical fashion costs a little bit more. It’s also worth it.
Come to the yoga studio and see for yourself! We are now carrying two great clothing brands: Synergy Organic Clothing and Beyond Yoga. Both companies are dedicated to sustainability and ethical practices in the design, fabrication, and sale of extremely well-made, good looking clothes.
All Beyond Yoga garments are locally designed, manufactured and produced in California. Synergy uses 100% organic cotton and Eco-friendly low-impact garment dyes. Its clothing is hand made in Nepal, according to fair trade practices.
Just think, you can practice ahimsa with your wardrobe!
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