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Eco-Friendly Clothing: Saving our Families from Toxic Overload

Celebrity Chefs like Jamie Oliver and Mario Batali have done wonders when it comes to encouraging the average household to be aware of the benefits of consuming a pesticide-free, fresh, seasonal diet, while beauty gurus like Leslie Kenton are all about approaching beauty from an integrated perspective, shunning toxic-rich creams and make-up in favour of natural, organic products made by companies that hold sustainability as a core value. When it comes to clothing, however, consumers can take a much more ‘relaxed’ stance, purchasing most of their items from commercial stores. In this post we present you with a few good reasons why, if leading a healthy, long life is your goal, there is no other choice but to go eco:

* Eco-Clothing is Toxin-Free:

Skin is not only our largest organ, it is, in the words of Leslie Kenton, “a multi-dimensional, interactive system of information, molecules, energy, cells and genetic messages – within our living matrix.” The skin absorbs the chemicals it comes in contact with, which is why so many consumers are turning to organic skin care and beauty products. Just think of the many patch-type medications that are rapidly absorbed by the skin; the same process occurs with the clothing we wear.

A recent investigative report carried out at Exeter University in the UK found dangerous chemicals in clothing items made by 20 of the most popular international fashion brands. One brand, in particular, was found to be selling items containing chemicals which are carcinogenic and hormone disrupting. Clothing from ALL brands tested, meanwhile, were found to contain nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), which break down in water treatment plants and rivers into hormone-disrupting substances. Some also contained azo dye, found to be carcinogenic.

Among the 141 garments tested, four contained toxic phthalates, also commonly found in most commercial moisturisers and shampoos. Phthalates have been proven to be carcinogenic and mutagenic. They can disrupt reproductive processes in women and affect sperm quality in men. All this news is worrisome enough for adults, but what about for children, whose immune systems are much more vulnerable? The risk of exposing babies, toddlers and growing kids to these harmful chemicals is one that is simply too big to take.

* Eco-Friendly Clothing Keeps Skin Disease at Bay:

Natural fibers like bamboo are famed for their ‘wicking’ ability; by lifting moisture away from the skin and drying quickly, they inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. Bamboo also contains anti-microbial benefits and is hypo-allergenic. Most eco-friendly materials (such as organic cotton) are a wonderful option for those suffering from skin sensitivity, since they are completely toxin-free and soft and comfy to use. They also afford greater breathability, which stops skin from getting too cold or too hot and keeps uncomfortable conditions, such as dermatitis, at bay.

* Eco-Friendly Clothing Keeps our Waterways Clean:

Just this month, Greenpeace reported that two of the US’s most famous fashion brands were dumping caustic chemicals (including NP, antimony and Tributyl phosphate) into the once-beautiful Citarum River in Indonesia. In the Upper Citarum region, some 68 per cent of factories produce textiles and dump carcinogenic and highly persistent chemicals into the waterways, with little concern, says Greenpeace, for the livelihood of local communities (including fishermen and farmers) or the health of the people living in the areas surrounding the Citarum (Jakarata, Indonesia’s capital, obtains 80 per cent of its drinking water from this river).

The pollution of waterways is not limited to the clothing industry or to Indonesia; in the US, for instance, improperly disposed medications are another source of toxic waste that finds its way into streams and drinking water, negatively affecting agriculture, wildlife and humans. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless in the face of these industries, yet often, we unwittingly foster the continuance of these unsound practices through inertia, when it is within our power to make positive changes; in the case of skincare products and medications, we can take positive steps to dispose of them properly, taking unused medication back to pharmacies and using organic skincare ranges to avoid toxic build-up in the environment; in the case of clothing, the only way to make commercial brands sit up and take notice is by refusing to support any company that does not respect the environment, or the health of animals and humans.

by Evie Green

Ecopromosonline.com is one of the internet’s largest single sources for eco-friendly promotional products. Visit our website today and learn how you can GO GREEN!

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Plastic, Paper or Non-Woven Tote Bag Conundrum!

DO YOU WANT PLASTIC OR PAPER?

That was the question asked of shoppers during the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s.

Lets all try something new for the 21st century like Reusable, Recyclable, Biodegradable, and Non-Woven Eco-Friendly Tote Bags.

 

Ecopromosonline.com is one of the largest distributors of eco-friendly products found on the internet to date. Our mission is to eliminate the use of plastic bags and any other product that is harmful to our environment.

 

We would like to applaud Mayor Bloomberg who has recently called for the city of New York to pass a plastic bag tax. This new tax would charge each shopper six cents for every plastic shopping bag used at the register when they check out. This we feel is certainly a step in the right direction. Ireland adopted a similar, though much more aggressive tax in 2002. They decided to charge shoppers thirty-three cents a plastic bag. The Bloomberg administration has taken out ads requesting that residents use cloth bags and set up recycling bins for plastic bags at supermarkets. This will most likely be a lengthy struggle for New York and its residents in their attempt to make New York green.

 

All too often you see a variety of ways plastic bags and other toxic items are destroying our planet. Everyone is affected by this scourge that has taken over our planet. A plastic bag tax will bring in needed revenue but overall the plastic bag in our opinion should be eliminated entirely. It is our hope that other cities throughout the country will take up similar plans to help wipe out plastic bags for good.

 

Think for a moment as to how many times you have taken a trip only to see a plastic bag flapping in a tree. Our roadways are littered with bags and the storm drains are constantly being clogged too. Have you ever seen the unsightly barges making their way up the causeways getting ready to offload the many tons of plastic bags and other toxic materials into our oceans? Have you ever asked yourself why?

 

We need to move forward in our thinking and look for ways of improving our planet. Environmentalists I am certain are looking forward to the mayor’s tax being approved but we all still need to do more, much more. Some of the larger chain stores have started to offer the non-woven, recycled, biodegradable shopping tote bags and hopefully soon it will eventually reach the small deli or convenience stores soon.

 

According to a number of people we have discussed this matter with the response seems to be unanimous. Although most of us know that we are polluting our planet we seem to be content to just let it continue to happen. Much like the seat belt or cell phone laws that have previously passed it would seem as though we need to have government step in to make things change.

 

This is a problem that will take all of our effort if we are going to rid ourselves of the plastic bag forever. Instead of asking for a plastic bag when you purchase a bag of potato chips for example here are some ideas for you to follow.

  1. Carry a single item in your hands and leave the plastic bag at the store.
  2. Make it your practice to pick up any plastic bags that you find.
  3. Promote the use of eco-friendly bags at your favorite stores.
  4. Tell your friends and neighbors to start using eco-friendly bags too.

Make having an eco-friendly tote bag a fashionable idea!

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Do You Want Plastic or Paper?

Do you want plastic or paper? That was the question most asked of shoppers during the 80’s and 90’s. That one question has literally taken us down the path of disaster from then until now. Our forests have been depleted, and the plastic bag has all but completely sacked our environment.

Plastic bags were introduced into our society about a quarter of a century ago. Since that time they have captured at least 80 percent of the grocery and convenience store market industry. Sure they are cheap, easy to produce, sturdy, plentiful, easy to carry and store. This information is according to the Virginia-based American Plastics Council.

There is just one problem with that sort of thinking based upon present statistics. Plastic bags are destroying our planet a little more each and every day. How many roads have you driven only to see plastic bags hanging and flapping in trees or lining the sides of our highways? They continue to clog roadside drains, have our land fills bulging at the seams, create problems in our streams and rivers and even drift on the high seas.

Most people believe that the cost of the so called “Free” plastic bag at their favorite store is truly free. However, when you take into account the numerous problems of clean-up that these free plastic bags create in our environment it is hardly free. Data provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in 2001 on U.S. plastic bag, sack, and wrap consumption, states that somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. Some could argue that the plastic bag has many other reusable uses around the home. However, the net result is that they still end up for the most part as an environmental hazard to our planet. There impact on our environment far outweighs a need for there continued use.

As a result of the plastic bag environmental assault on our planet the reusable eco-friendly tote bag was created. Reusable tote bags are one of the many environmentally friendly products sold on ecopromosonline.com. They are durable, recyclable, reusable, resistant to corrosion, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, washable & water repellent. Our reusable grocery totes have also been very popular alternatives to paper or plastic.  Ecopromosonline has one if not the largest selection of eco-friendly products on the internet to date with over 1,000 items and steadily growing. We will only sell eco-friendly products and nothing else on ecopromosonline.  

It is our goal to provide the most eco-friendly items using the latest technology available, best pricing guarantee, and stellar service to our customers. We want our customers to remember their experience with ecopromosonline and to keep coming back for all of their eco-friendly promotional products.

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