Here’s some food for thought: according to fashion designer Eileen Fisher, “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world … second only to oil.” This is not surprising when you consider our modern culture of fast, cheap fashion that churns out new styles each season (and often each week) to keep up with ever-changing trends. These clothes are primarily made from non-biodegradable synthetic fabrics and cotton grown with chemical pesticides, not to mention the toxic dyes and other resources used in manufacturing. As the latest craze comes and goes, clothing is frequently discarded after only a few uses, either ending up in a landfill or sent overseas to populations for which supply is quickly outstripping demand. While some high-end labels have begun to make the shift toward sustainability, their prices can put them out of reach for the average consumer, which is why Threads 4 Thought has become a Stylemaker Worthy Of Our Notice.
I first discovered Threads 4 Thought clothing in Whole Foods market, of all places. I bought one of their t-shirts on a whim as I was checking out and was amazed by both the price and the fit. Each time I returned to do my grocery shopping, I found myself buying a new shirt, until I had an entire closetful. They have now become a staple of my wardrobe. Part of Threads 4 Thought’s Essentials collection for women, these tees come in short sleeve, long sleeve, scoop neck, and V neck styles. They are lightweight and comfortable, yet surprisingly durable. Available in a rainbow of colors, they can be worn on their own or as a foundation for layering. And at $12 to $15 per shirt, they are an incredible value.
As part of the company’s mission to create eco-conscious clothing, it employs socially responsible manufacturing practices and uses sustainable materials, such as organic cotton, recycled polyester, and Lenzing Modal®—a carbon neutral fiber derived from beech tree pulp. Its low impact dyes do not expose either you or the environment to toxic chemicals or hard metals. In addition to the t-shirts that started it all, Threads 4 Thought offers a full line of clothing for both men and women, including tops, bottoms, dresses, accessories, and activewear, all in classic styles that are sure to outlast the latest passing fads.
At a time when disposable fashion is a common thread in the clothing industry, give a thought to how your choices affect the planet and pull on some uncommon threads.
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