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Doing Things Eco-Style in North Carolina

Well, thanks to some very hard work by folks like Eric Henry at TS Designs and all the skilled, dedicated people along the supply chain, “Dirt to Shirt” is once again not only possible in North Carolina – but also ORGANIC!  Given our name, you can only imagine how happy that makes us.  So, how [...]
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Clothes and Climate? What about the weather?

Each morning, I make my way to our closet where the little weather station my family gave me for Mother’s Day sits on the shelf.  I just love to see the temperature, potential for rain or snow, and the symbol my older son coined as “fast clouds”, a line drawing of a cloud with lines [...]
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Happy International Women’s Day 2012!

In 1908, a group of 15,000 brave women marched through New York City demanding suffrage – the right to vote and run for office.  In honor of their courage, I have a brief story to share. I love live concerts.  When my older son asked me to take him to Chicago for Lollapalooza a few [...]
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What’s for dinner? Pesticides?

Unless you know your “Dirty Dozen”, you may be serving harmful pesticides on your dinner table. The Environmental Working Group annually tests 100 fruits and vegetables for pesticide residue. Peeling and scrubbing is not enough. The 12 worst offenders, aka the Dirty Dozen, should be purchased organic. Don’t despair. There’s also a “Clean 15″ list [...]
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Knowing Your Plastic Codes: No. 2

So the journey of avoiding plastic continues.  And instead of getting easier, I think it’s getting more difficult.  Just about everywhere I go, I find I have to make a compromise of some kind.  So does it really make me a bad person to use a straw?  Because despite the name, straws are plastic.  I’m [...]
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Knowing Your Plastic Codes: No. 1

Well, we’re into week 2 of “Plastic-Free February”, and it’s almost time to come clean on the plastic challenges I faced during week 1.  But before launching into confessions of plastic indiscretions, I thought it would be helpful to talk briefly about the different types of plastic.  So for the next 7 posts, I’ll talk [...]
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Plastic-Free: Fact or Fantasy?

Just to set the stage before I begin to share my day as what I’m beginning to think of as “plastic-challenged”, I live in the real world.  Like many of you, I live in a residential community in the U.S.  I have 2 boys.  I have a patient husband who received a reusable bag from [...]
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Plastic-Free February Challenge: Day 1

We interrupt this “Top 10″ on your t-shirt to bring you news that I have just accepted the Rodale “Plastic-Free February” challenge.  This is going to be really tough.  Before I even get this thing going, I realized that the computer I am using to write this was made using plastics.  Ugh!  Well, assuming my [...]
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Top 10 Reasons You Decide Your New Cheap T-Shirt Isn’t So Great After All: Number 6

That “groovy” retro imprint of the Rolling Stones is made of PVC with phthalates – so in addition to making you sweat, your new shirt is heating up our planet.  Two kinds of “hot” we don’t want to associate with Mick! So what are these “phthalates” and why do you care?  Phthalates are a group [...]
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Top 10 Reasons You Decide Your New Cheap T-Shirt Isn’t So Great After All: Number 7

You wore your new red shirt once, and although you have come to terms with your new “pink” underwear, the shirt is falling apart and heading for a landfill. Especially in these trying economic times, that cheap t-shirt seems like such a great bargain.  But if it’s one thing that really gets me going is [...]
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