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Living the outdoor lifestyle is more than logging miles on backcountry trails and rolling along the network of rails-to-trails that connect point A to point B in your area. It is about the eco-friendly way you live along with what you buy and wear. Purchasing and wearing garments made from organic cotton extends your support of environmental efforts.
Organic cotton is touted for its more comfortable feel compared to conventional cotton. The agricultural process is completely natural and does not use chemicals on the soil or plants. The natural process reduces health risks of the workers that grow and harvest cotton crop. The agricultural process benefits the end consumer since their garment will be free of chemicals.
T-shirts made from 100% organic cotton are offered by several environmentally friendly companies including Adayak and Earth Creations. Just established in April 2010, Adayak offers 100% organic T-shirts decorated with graphics of outdoor activities ranging from hiking to paddling. The company's name is a mashup of the words 'adventure' and 'kayak', and the organic cotton used in Adayak's T-shirts is grown and spun in Texas.
The company's T-shirts are priced at $18.95 each and there is a flat $3.99 shipping fee no matter the size or weight of your order. Adayak contributes $1 from each order to TreeFight.org , an environmental and wildlife conservation group.
Earth Creations offers tees made from 100% organic cotton and has been producing eco-friendly garments since the early 1990's. Earth Creations offers T-shirts from $19 to $33 with a variety of graphic designs.The company partners with knitters in the U.S. and Canada to source the organic cotton used in their apparel. The vast majority of the sewing for Earth Creation's garments is done domestically at their sewing factory in Alabama.
The company donates irregular and overstock garments to organizations that help individuals in need. Earth Creations also donates clothing to other organizations that help preserve and protect the environment.
Earth Creations is unique since they use clay dying to color their T-shirts. The clay used in the dying process is from Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. Clay dying is environmentally friendly since it avoids the use of chemicals from the manufacturing of synthetic dyes.
Purchasing garments consisting of organic cotton is a way to extend your support to the environment. Adayak and Earth Creations are companies that embody these eco-friendly principles with their products.
Before you purchase your next cotton T-shirt, check the tag to see what type of cotton is used in the garment. And give a second thought if you should purchase it if it is made of conventional cotton.
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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