Sunday, July 31, 2011

What Is All This Organic Clothing?

Green!"Green" Clothing - Image by marjoleincc via FlickrBy Jordan Flask

The word "green" is becoming more popular today than at any other point in history. Thus the use of means that are not environmentally friendly are a thing of the past. Even clothes are becoming more green.

As more people become conscious of the effect of chemicals on their bodies, the demand for these clothes will increase. Non-organic clothing is often made from fabric treated with chemicals, fabric created with chemicals or fabric from plants grown with pesticides.

Chemicals from clothing can cause or aggravate health problems, especially for those with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions. Health-conscious individuals seek to minimize exposure to harmful chemicals by opting for an organic type of clothing. While going green can be expensive, the long-term savings gained through improved health and peace of mind are immeasurable.

If you are just beginning to explore organic clothing, start with a few basic pieces. Because under garments are closest to the skin, it is logical to purchase under garments made from healthy fabric, and expand your organic wardrobe as your budget allows. Organic fabrics are comfortable and allow the skin to breathe, unlike synthetic fabrics, so you may find that you are drawn to these bits of clothing for comfort rather than health.

More retailers are carrying organic clothes, so you should have no trouble finding a varied selection to suit your personal style. Choosing to wear organic clothes also supports the environment by reducing the use of chemicals that invariably end up in our soil, streams, rivers and oceans. So, join the trend. The benefits of good health, physical comfort and environmental responsibility outweigh any expense involved in transitioning to organic.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Iconic 1960s Clothes From the Mod Scene

Youth Culture - Mods & Rockers 1960s - 1970sImage by brizzle born and bred via FlickrBy J Enright

Mod clothing is not defined by just a few specific clothes. This article will look at some of the well known and iconic 1960s clothes that most Mods would have somewhere in their wardrobe.

Desert Boots

Desert Boots were worn casually by 1960s Mods as they went well with both jeans and also suits. They were usually a beige or light brown colour suede boot with two to three or sometimes four holes. The boot originated from the army desert boot but became fashionable in the fifties and early 60s with the Beatnik Culture. The Mods adopted the boots with branded versions being available from Clarks but other cheaper non branded versions could be found by the Mods who were prepared to look around. Clarks re-introduced the Desert Boot in their classic range just a few years ago.

Bowling Shoes

Mods started wearing bowling shoes even before the majority of bowling alleys had sprung up in England. They were usually made of coloured leather or sometimes suede. Bowling shoes were lightweight cool and comfortable for dancing in! The black and white colours were the most popular but they came in all colours including red white and blue. Shops in Carnaby street like Ben Sherman, Merc, and The Face all stock bowling shoes. They have been adopted by the first, second and now third generation of Mods.

Cycling Shirts

Mods started wearing cycling shirts back in the 1960s, and the shirts have long been associated with mod attire. The shirts were made of lightweight cotton, usually with stripes around a high zip up round collar. Cycling shirts would be brightly coloured and usually have either the sponsor or makers name emblazoned onto it; as football shirts do these days. As these shirts were made for cycling, they too were also obviously cool for dancing in. A cycling shirt, Harrington jacket and a pair of Levis would be a fairly classic look for a mod.

Boating Blazers

Boating Blazers are part of the Mod fashion. These smart jackets were made of cotton or sometimes silk or mohair! Boating blazers are a fitted look, with 3 buttons, small lapels and sometimes a ticket pocket sewn above the right hand pocket. Boating blazers were usually brightly coloured with vertical stripes. Jimmy the mod played by the actor Phil Daniels in the film Quadrophenia, which is about the life of a 1960s mod, is seen wearing a black and grey striped boating blazer in the film. They can be worn during the day or on a night out A very smart look for any self respecting mod who wants to stand out in the crowd.

Pork Pie n Trilby Hats

Pork pie n Trilby hats were worn by 1960s Mods on their Scooters before crash helmets became compulsory. These hats not only looked cool they kept your head warm too! Normally made from felt, they had a flat top, a short crown and an indentation all round. These hats were usually made in dark colours black, charcoal grey, or chocolate brown. The hats usually have a band of silky material in the same colour about an inch in diameter fitted around the width of the hat. Purdy, the black mod in the film Quadrophenia kept his supply of French blues (speed pills) under his hat. The use of speed and other Amphetamines were popular with Mods to help support their all night dancing and partying lifestyle.

Mod clothing is not as narrow as just a few specific items of vintage clothing but at the same time, these iconic clothes from the 1960s are easily identifiable with the mod scene and are still prevalent with the third generation of Mods. There are a lot of retro styles available today that have kept to the original look and style but also there is vintage clothing for those that want the original authenticity.

Jim Enright is owner of Enrights Vintage Fashions which sells 1960s Clothes online. Jim enjoys the scootering scene and all things to do with the 1960s era.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Who Designed The First Pant Suits?

By John Greyling

For many years women were not allowed to wear pant suits, or any type of trousers, as they were seen to be a masculine piece of clothing. Christians also argued that wearing pants was prohibited by the Bible, which is a completely ridiculous statement, of course. Pant suits are comfortable and can be very sexy.

There seems to be some confusion as to when they actually appeared for the first time, and who really designed the first slack suits. This has often been attributed to Yves Saint Laurent, who designed the Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women in 1966. Others will say that it was the great Mademoiselle Coco Chanel who actually designed the first suit for women! She revolutionized the fashion industry with the "little black dress" and used more masculine fabrics in many of her designs.

Chanel's designs were focused on what she would want to wear, not what was acceptable in the day. Coco Chanel promoted the wearing of pants for women, a fashion which was quickly picked up by stars like Marlene Dietrich, after she was spotted wearing pants on a trip to Italy. Chanel said trousers made it easier for her to climb in and out of the gondolas.

Coco Chanel was way ahead of the times when it came to women's fashion, and believed that women should be able to dress comfortably. Her motto was "Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury." She followed through on this idea in the wardrobes that she created, which were sought after by the rich and famous women of the day. She borrowed ideas from the male attire, but left out the harsh tailoring out and hence the articles of clothing she designed had flowing lines and were the epitome of elegance.

Designers to whom the pant suit is accredited are:
� Paul Poiret - introduced a corduroy suit of slacks and a jacket for women in 1925, when the fashion of menswear, monocles and canes was adopted by a small number of women, including actress Katherine Hepburn. This was largely ignored as it was seen to be too masculine
� Coco Channel - designed a very masculine-looking suit of trousers and a jacket for women, in 1933, which was worn by Marlene Dietrich
� Andre Courreges - although more renowned for designing the mini-dress, also created a women's safari-styled outfit consisting of pants and a jacket in 1964. Most people see this as the real beginning of slack suits for women.
� Yves Saint Laurent - designed the Le Smoking tuxedo suit for women in 1966, and began the androgynous fashion of dressing, which many women loved because it was not masculine but gave then all the freedom of masculine clothing.

No matter to whom the original pant suit is accredited, one thing is for certain, it took the originality and innovative designing of Yves Saint Laurent to make this luxurious evening suit for women a fashion trend which was accepted by all. Other design houses took notice of this, because it seemed that someone had at last come up with a viable alternative aimed at the businesswoman. Women's tuxedos are still very popular today.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

El Naturalista: Eco-Friendly Footwear

El Naturalista junkieImage by Marjut via FlickrBy Charlotte J Wilson

El Naturalista is an eco-conscious brand of footwear with a global perspective that originated in La Rioja, Spain. This area of Spain is a fertile, prosperous area well known for its traditional and fashionable shoe manufacturing. This range of footwear combines an ethical awareness of making the world a better place with skilful craftsmanship and loving attention to detail. Each pair of shoes, boots or sandals is handmade to exacting traditional standards.

The stylish designs and beautiful colours will attract attention wherever you wear them. You'll love the comfort and durability of the soles and uppers which will allow you to walk for hours and for many years to come.

Whether you want sandals, clogs, shoes or boots there is a style for every occasion and one to suit all tastes.
El Naturalista is committed to not harming the planet and the company uses as many recycled and biodegradable products as it possibly can in its footwear designs and manufacture.

The company takes pride in giving back to the global community and a percentage of the company's profits are returned to such things as school and community projects in Africa. All materials and dyes used are natural and their production techniques are eco-friendly, such as using river stones and tree barks for tanning, and vegetable dyes for the leather. These natural techniques are what gives the footwear its unique, natural look.

El Naturalista also have a Code of Conduct that is in keeping with the company's philosophy which will regulate all of their manufacturing, distribution and worldwide marketing activities in accordance with their strategy of sustainability.

To carry out the company's philosophy and spirit they have a list of requirement which must be adhered to. They does not use child labour. This means children under 16 years of age will not be employed, unless local legislation establishes a higher or lower age which will then be respected.

El Naturalista does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, nationality, sexual orientation, political affiliation or physical and/or psychological disability and employees have freedom of association, which means all employees have the right to unionise and bargain collectively.

El Naturalista guarantees to follow strictly health and safety standards in accordance with the law to ensure all employees have a safe and healthy workplace in which to perform their work.

El Naturalista, being conscious of the importance of sustainable development, favours viable projects that integrate social collaboration, environmental protection and economic development as the three factors vital for sustainability.

The El Naturalista symbol is the frog, which represents a land made fertile by water and embodies simple, worldly pleasures. When you buy a pair of El Naturalista shoes you can be proud of the fact that not only do they look and feel fabulous, they have been manufactured in a manner that has not harmed the planet and the people who made them are also being looked after by their employers. The artisans who design and hand craft this footwear do so with a pride in their workmanship and it shows in the finished product.

Charlotte Wilson has been sharing her experiences with various fashion brands and retail stores such as online shoes retailer Sarenza UK, through article writing for over 10 years. To view a range of fashionable footwear including the latest El Naturalista collection, visit the Sarenza website.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

2 Fashion Eras You Should Know About

Emilio PucciImage via WikipediaBy Simon Johnnson

Anyone who wants to be considered as a fashionista should know that fashion trends tend to go in circles. It means things that were in fashion 30 or 50 years ago, will be back in the current fashion year. So if you want to join this rank, it is very important that you learn about the different fashion eras because any one of them can be back in style! To help you out, here are two of them.


Though the term has its origin in the wine industry, in the fashion industry, the term means any style of clothing after 1920's till 1980's. Many purists, however, consider anything after 60's as retro. But it does not mean that any clothing that is there in your grandmother's trunk will qualify as vintage clothing.

Vintage can mean wearing one or two signature pieces of that era; and remember anything that was considered as ugly in that era, is still ugly now. Designer clothing items from the 20's and 30's are something you will wish to have in your closet, and you can shop vintage clothing stores to find them.

Of course, if your grandmother or mother was a fashion icon of her time, you can safely raid her closet to find a piece or two. Some designers whose dresses and accessories are still considered "hot" are Coco Chanel, Cristobel Balenciaga, Jeanne Paquin and Emilio Pucci.

Bohemian or Boho

This style of clothing refers to the hippie era of 1960's and 70's. This style is, of course, not for your office and other formal events; it is perfect for that day out with girls or spending time with your partner on an all-night music festival. The great thing about this era is that bohemian style is never really out of fashion. One or more styles of the era is always visible on the ramp or on celebrities in red carpet.

The clothes carry the influence of the Gypsy culture, as well as culture from a variety of other places like Native American, Indian and African. The cut is mostly loose and feminine while natural fabrics like cotton preferred over others. Oversized bags and chunky jewelry complete a bohemian look.

Simon Johnnson is the marketing and customer relations director at Executive Gift Shoppe. They carry a unique line of business accessories and men's gifts. If you're looking for Flasks for Women, they have exactly what you need. Looking for a unique, free, well written article for your website just like this, we would be happy to provide it: I Need Content

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Truth About Bamboo in Clothing - Eco-Friendly or Not?

BambooImage by mike lowe via FlickrBy Ivy Newport

More and more we hear about bamboo as an eco-friendly option to the pesticide laden cotton crops. Yet, while the hype about bamboo may make it appear to be a perfect solution to the environmental manufacturing dilemma, unfortunately, the manufacturing process has managed to compromise even this super plant.
Here are some of the amazing properties of bamboo.
  • Fastest growing plant on the planet: some species grow up to 4 feet per day. It takes between 3-5 years to be ready to harvest compared to 30-50 years for its hardwood counterparts.
  • Does not require replanting because of its extensive root system which sends up new shoots, naturally replenishing itself.
  • Produces 30% more oxygen than a forest of comparable size and removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
  • Its growth actually prevent soil erosion
  • It can grow without pesticides or chemicals
  • It requires no water irrigation to grow
  • Perfect for fabric manufacturing as it is three times more absorbent than cotton, extremely soft, hard to wrinkle, and possesses natural antibacterial properties.
Bamboo in its native form is one of the most renewable resources on the planet. Yet, man-made processing can completely negate the benefits of this wonderful resource. There are two ways to process the bamboo before it becomes the final product - mechanically or chemically.

Mechanical Processing

The woody parts of the bamboo plant are crushed and then natural enzymes are used to break the bamboo walls into a mushy mass so that the natural fibres can be mechanically combed out and spun into a yarn usually called bamboo linen. This process is more labour intensive and expensive than chemical processing.

Chemical Processing

Referred to as Bamboo Rayon, chemically manufactured bamboo fibre is a regenerated cellulose fibre. This process requires cooking the bamboo leaves and woody shoots in strong chemical solvents such as sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide, followed by multi-phase bleaching.

Both of these chemicals have been linked to serious health problems for workers such as tiredness, headache, and possible nerve damage. These chemicals are also dangerous for the environment as they can escape into the atmosphere through air vents and smokestacks. Waterways can also be damaged through inadequately treated waste water disposal systems.

Looking for bamboo fabrics is not enough when trying to make a more informed and environmental choice. It is important to determine how the bamboo has been processed. While bamboo alone is an amazingly renewable, sustainable and abundant resource, it becomes important to avoid Bamboo Rayon and look for Bamboo Linens that are Oeko-Tek certified, which means the product is free of processing chemicals.

About the Author

Ivy Newport is the resident "green expert" at Every Little Bit Eco Shop, an online store offering everyday products that are conveniently green. Visit for more tips & education on going green, as well as a wide variety of eco-friendly products for greener living and greener giving.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

What Place Does Organic Clothing Have In The Fashion Industry?

Organic ClothingImage by The Cleveland Kid via FlickrBy Lucy Tomkins

Organic clothing, also known as "eco-friendly" fashion, has been in place since ancient times, and is certainly becoming a fixture of the modern fashion industry, in an attempt to provide fashion that is both friendly to the economy and to the consumer since organic materials are ones which are, for the most part, renewable.

Humane and Environmental Concerns: A Fashion Industry Dilemma.

While many colours are found in nature and are utilised in non-organic clothing, the fashion industry is fraught with dilemmas having to do with issues such as the outsourcing of production to "sweat shops" which pay exceedingly low wages to workers, the harvesting and processing of crops of cotton which have been heavily treated with either pesticides or chemicals, and the pollution caused by manufacturing plants.

Although other factors are involved, these three are the most popular for consideration of "damage control". Certainly, utilising organic materials vs. non-organic, and processing them by means that can better improve working conditions and reduce pollution to a significant degree can be accomplished.

Fashion Designers Who Care: An Introspective

Stella McCartney and Rogan Gregory, among others, have already started leading the fashion industry by example with their choices of renewable fabrics and improvements toward the working conditions of those who produce their clothing lines. While more designers can decide to perform similarly, it can take awhile in today's economy toward getting started in such endeavours. The good news is that others are thinking about following these examples, hence, organic clothing is already a reality, even in the tiniest of beginnings.

Part of the issue with designers and organic fabrics has to do with the nature of fashion, itself. Typically, fashion are designed to last for one to two total seasons, then they are retired to the wardrobe for possible, one-time consideration in the future.

A plus, in the many good reasons why organic fashion can become popular with a bit more support, is that organic materials are naturally designed by Mother Nature to last for a longer timeframe. The question posed by those who are sceptical about the future of organic fabrics with fashion have much to do with how such designs could be considered "trendy".

Organic Fabrics: An Overview

The fabrics currently utilised in today's organic fashions include cotton, hemp, soy, bamboo and other materials which are grown without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals. Fabric dyes typically come from nature itself, and organic dyes thus come from sources of flowers or other colourful plants, vegetation and fruits which are not treated with chemicals, either.

Totally renewable, organic clothing may yet become the hottest fad to ever have hit the modern fashion industry; only time will tell.

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Monday, July 18, 2011

70's Fancy Dress: Your Best Choice

Freshman college girls between classes. By sta...Image via WikipediaBy John P McCann

Are you looking for the best costume to wear for a dress party? The 70's fancy dress would be your best choice.

The 70's may be a time of absurdities and weirdness with all the afro hairstyle, sequined dress and bell bottom pants, but it was an era of fun and great music! So much so that it has remained to be a popular theme whenever there is a dress party happening. Ask any fancy dress shop and they will tell you their 70's costume are the most popular and in demand.

Among the most popular songs of the 70's are the ones from ABBA and Bee Gees. Dancing Queen and Mama Mia brought in so much fame that up to the present you can still find radio stations playing it while other people are downloading it from the Internet. The musical movie "Mama Mia" from year 2008 starred by Merryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried that featured all of ABBA's famous songs was without doubt a box office hit especially in UK being the most successful British-made film of all time.

Other than this, the music of Bee Gees and dance from "Saturday Night Fever" has brought in so many Tony Manero (played by John Travolta) wannabes all over the globe. Because of this, you can literally find hundreds of different 70's fancy dress copied from the clothes of the ABBA group, Tony Manero and Elvis Presley.

The 70's theme also gives women the excuse to wear classy short dresses with matching platforms to get into the groove. Complete the get up with afro wigs and huge accessories like bangles and necklaces; she is definitely a perfect picture of someone coming from the era of fun and glamour. For men, most would want outfits of a disco king. This would include a bright colored shirt that is opened to the waist, trouser pants flared at the bottom that are tight and shiny. To make the look authentic would include a gold medallion in the neck and fake chest hairs.

Other guys would love to have an Elvis look-alike wearing white overalls with shiny sequins on the front and at the sides of the pants and long sleeves. To perfect the look would be the added side burns! You can also choose to wear tight psychedelic mini dress, put on a Farrah Faucet iconic hairdo, Austin Powers's glittered costume complete with his famous teeth and so much more. The choices for a 70's fancy dress are simply tremendous!

What makes this theme so popular other than the famous people and music is the fact that you can simply raid your parents' wardrobe for something classic from their era. At the same time, the 70's theme is quite a famous choice on every costume party that you can be sure you will be wearing your fancy dress anytime soon. If you are up to be outlandish, creative and fun for the night, grab a 70's fancy dress now. It's the perfect choice!

It is my experience that 70's Fancy Dress is one of the more popular Fancy Dress themes at Halloween. 70's Costumes are also very popular for Fancy Dress parties throughout the year such as stag parties and 70's discos.

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Vintage Dress Styles Make a Comeback

Fotomodel Dani in a miniskirt at Landschaftspa...Image via WikipediaBy Jennifer Delrue

The term "vintage" can mean a few different things when women's fashion is concerned. In terms of this article, we are going to discuss vintage dress styles in terms of the fashion dresses that have made a comeback over the years. The three dresses we would like you to be aware of include the maxi dress, the bubble dress and the mini dress. Each of these dresses have been in our fashion history and today modern designers such as Elan International have taken these styles and included them in our current women's fashion line.

The Maxi

The maxi dress is a very basic style that women everywhere are jumping on board with. The long flowing style of this dress is definitely timeless and any woman of any age can take advantage of it. The traditional maxi is of floor length and made of comfortable fabrics including polyester and cotton blends.

In terms of the overall style of this dress you can find spaghetti straps, scoop necklines, halter top style and of course the racer back for those incredible casual days on your calendar. Although the maxi dress is a very comfortable summer dress option it does still offer somewhat of a fit. It is not form fitting but it most definitely hugs your physique. This simple style factor can make even plus size women look smaller and feel confident in this dress.

The Bubble Style

The Elan dress line includes a variety of bubble dresses in a number of different colors. Let's first outline the basic style of this vintage dress. The bubble dress can be strapless, halter or spaghetti straps in terms of the upper body style. As for the lower half of this dress the "bubble" description comes from the banded hem of this dress.

There is an elastic band at the bottom of this dress that allows it to fall over the band creating a type of bubble. These Elan casual dresses are most commonly found to be knee length which for most women is the perfect length. This style can be both casual and formal depending on the accessories you choose to pair with it.

The Mini

A blast from the '70s brings us the mini. It has been a part of the women's fashion industry for a few years but only recently are women beginning to warm up to this risky fashion trend. The mini dress is a good 4-5inches above your knee which is most definitely considered a risk compared to the lengths we are used to.

Mini dresses can be found in strapless styles, sleeveless as well as halter styles to name a few of the most popular summer versions of this dress. There is nothing trashy about the mini dress and the Elan International clothing line has proven this through their development of this vintage dress.

Vintage dresses such as the ones listed above can really add something new to your current wardrobe. If you are ready to take a step back in history to look great today, consider the bubble dress, the maxi dress or the mini dress for a fresh look.

Are you wondering what fashions and trends are coming up for spring 2011? J.Delrue is the fashion blogger who can help you with this. Whether you're interested in casual wear for women or vintage dress styles in particular, she knows what's hot and what's not this year!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

History of Hemp Clothing

HempImage by Mihnea™ via FlickrBy Adrian Desbarats

Cannabis is unique in that it can produce both a narcotic and an extremely long and strong fiber, all from the same plant. It was these two traits coupled with Cannabis' amenability to domestication which led to its very early appearance in human history.

During the Neolithic period approximately 10,000 years ago, early humans began developing agriculture as a means of securing food supply. Given that Cannabis or hemp is a coloniser it is quite likely that human's first contact with this plant occurred around that time.

Because hemp is a coloniser it prefers to move into areas of fertile soil that is free of competition. This type of environment would only occur in nature during a period of catastrophe such as a flood or fire. But when Neolithic humans began clearing land for agriculture, it is very likely that Cannabis began spreading into these open fields initially as a weed and later as an actively cultured plant.

It is generally agreed that domestication of hemp began in Asia. Exactly where in Asia is not known although the earliest known occurrence of hemp agriculture took place in China's Yellow River valley approximately 6,500 years ago.The Neolithic peoples of this valley, known as the Yangshao actively grew Cannabis and used its fibers to produce nets, ropes and hemp clothing.

It should be noted that hemp textiles date back farther than the Yangshao people with hemp cloth from approximately 8,000 B.C. found at Catal Huyuk (in Anatolia, in modern day Turkey). Hemp clothing and other textiles from this period were likely produced from wild hemp while the yellow river remains the earliest known location for actual cultivation, domestication and mass production of hemp textiles.

From these humble beginnings hemp clothing spread throughout China. From China it then spread north into modern day Russia, Scandinavia, the Baltics, Poland and Germany likely carried by Scythians traders. Aryans (Indo-Persians) are believed to have spread hemp into India. Hemp eventually made its way west into Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain and France.

As the colonial empires of France, England and Spain spread their influence into the new world so did hemp follow. Like their European forbears, Americans cultivated Cannabis primarily for the fibre. Hemp seed was planted in Chile in 1545,Canada in 1606, Virginia in 1611, and in the Puritan settlements of Massachusetts in the 1630s.

Hemp fibre was extremely important to the new world colonies as the principle material for production of hemp clothing, rope, ship rigging and ship sails.

Given the demand for this strong, durable fibre it was only natural for hemp production to reach industrial scale. And so, the hemp industrial revolution of the New World got its start in Kentucky in 1775 and in Missouri some 50 years later. By 1860, hemp production in Kentucky alone exceeded 40 mt and the industry was second only to cotton in the South.

By the end of the second world war global hemp production had fully matured reaching peak production of 273 mt in 1961. However, production gradually declined from the 1960's onward reaching just 63 mt by 1997.

So why did production of hemp fall out of favour so precipitously? Well, that's another story!

Adrian Desbarats, the author, has a passionate desire for balance between nature and human needs. A biologist, he started to provide earth friendly, stylish fashions. Want to learn more about Fashion & Earth? Want to make a commitment to leading a more sustainable life style? Choose organic clothes and you'll make a positive difference in your life and our planet! Visit Fashion and Earth at

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

What Is Animal Friendly Clothing?

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - DECEMBER 06:  People for ...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeBy Mark P Prime

If you have heard about animal friendly clothing, you're aware of how this cruelty-free fashion offers a new way of natural style. You will not have to lose quality or style by wearing humane clothing. These garments are developed with all organic materials and offer a range of organic clothing that embodies great styles from great providers.

Eco friendly clothing provides everything that you can find in normal clothing but allows you to remain socially aware of the environments needs. This style is continuing to grow in popularity and wearers all across the nation. All of the companies that specialize in this style of fashion promises to use only compassionate and natural methods of production.

Animal friendly shirts were once only a small market that many people could care less about. Now you can find various animal friendly shops all over that offer quality animal friendly jackets and animal friendly jeans. This new vegan clothing offers unlimited varieties of items for children, women, and men.

One great thing about animal friendly fashion is that you never have to worry about unethical production methods. Asides from looking great in your cat friendly clothing, you will be surprised once you find out how many different styles and designs that you have to choose from. There are many organizations across the world that support this organic, cruelty-free method of fashion and truly appreciate the results that they provide.

You can even find accessories such as belts and shoes that are PETA clothing providers. There are even suppliers that offer various other accessories such as purses, hats, and jewelry. I'm sure you'll be amazed with what all of the items that you can find.

Regardless of the occasion you'll be able to find the styles and designs that will make you look like a star. If you're going to a formal gathering that requires a black tie or a suit, don't worry! You can even find nice dress suits that are fitting for any special occasion that you may have on your schedule. If you're just hanging out with friends who are planning a party with some neighbors, you can still find clothing that is cruelty free as well as stylish and affordable.

Do you need a new coat for the cold weather? You can find animal safe jackets that will amaze all of your friends. Regardless of what you are looking for, take the time research some providers and compare prices. You no longer have to stress because you can rest assured knowing that your clothing are safe to the environment.

If you are looking to find out more about Animal Friendly Clothing then check out for the latest information.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Groovy Hippie Clothing

Melanie Safka on the "Mr Softee" fre...Image via Wikipediaby Jayli Soladay

The hippie movement began in the 1960s with uninhibited rock music. Clothing choices followed closely behind and changed quickly with the times. The 1950s were restrictive in both music and clothing causing teenagers to want a change. They began adorning their hair with flowers and dressing in flowing natural materials.

The culture began with a pro-nature movement that was against war. Hippies were tolerant of others and abhorred violence. They were inspired by nature and sought to use it in everything they wore. The hippie culture focused on spreading love and peace during a volatile time.

Clothing items made out of raw textiles such as hemp and cotton became very popular for developing hippie fashions. During the 60s young people began creating their own styles and wearing clothing that appealed to them. Often, clothing styles were determined by individuals adding a home-made element to an item.

Popular styles were tied dyed clothing, colorful shirts worn with bell bottom pants that hugged hips appreciatively and free-flowing dresses or skirts. Hippies were known to accessorize with beaded headbands made with a leather straps, beaded necklaces, leather vests and hand-made sandals.

Hippie or bohemian fashions have always been affordable and continue to be budget conscience today. This style of clothing does not come with specific rules and different color combinations or prints worn together are acceptable.

Individuals who enjoy standing out by dressing differently from the crowd will appreciate the hippie styles that are currently sold. This style is now accessorized with scarves, long sweaters and boots. Often, dangly jewelry is worn that shimmers and embroidery adds an original element. Several layers can add to the look, but too many layers or over-sized items look bulky.

This distinct style is still around in the form of flowing maxi dresses and rompers. It is a style that keeps making a come-back for stylish, comfortably minded people.

The early skinny look and women looked to Twiggy for the latest fashions. Bohemian in style, the new look was gypsy and European as well. There were no longer rules in fashion and combination of clothing was easily made by accessorizing with some glitter, snake skin, sequins or anything else that a glitzy secondhand store could offer. Mixing and not matching were allowed and one did not have to be rich to afford a unique look.

Today, folks want clothes that are beautiful and affordable, that express the freedom and confidence of the people who wear them. That is why hippie clothing is back on the rack. Peace and Love!

Hippie Clothing

Jayli has been in business for 18 years, we have always cared for people, product and professional standards. We love creating fabulous, funky, hippie fashion.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jacob Youphes and Loeb Strauss - The Fathers of Levis

Levi Strauss, blue jeansImage via WikipediaBy Laurali Noteman

Jacob Youphes was born in Riga, Latvia in 1834. In 1854 he relocated to New York City, changed his name to Jacob W. Davis, and worked as a tailor. So began his American sojourn moving from city to city, finally returning to his true passion.

In 1856 he spent a short stint in San Francisco, California, continuing his trade as a tailor. In 1858 Davis relocated again in western Canada where he settled for a while, married and started his family. Davis went where he felt work could be found and left Canada in 1867.

He lived in various cities in the western United States trying his hand at many trades always returning to the trade he knew best, that of a tailor. Davis eventually settled in Reno, Nevada and began sewing fine clothing and manufacturing such useful items as tents and horse blankets of "cotton duck" fabric which he ordered from Levi Strauss & Co. located in San Francisco.

He was a approached in the 1870's, by a woman who was looking for a cheap pair of work pants for her husband who went through pants rather quickly. The major complaint from miners and general laborers was their pants would tear at the pockets and zippers and they had to continually replace their work clothes.

Jacob tried solving the problem by placing his copper rivets, like the ones he used on tents, at those vulnerable spots. Ah, this was a vast improvement, but the fabric was stiff and chafed the workers. It was hard enough putting in a full day mining, working cattle or in the fields without adding the discomfort of rubbing yourself raw with pants that would last as long as you did.

Loeb Strauss, at the age of 18, with his mother and two sisters moved to American after they were awarded permission by the Bavarian government in 1847. They arrived in New York where Loeb began working with his half brothers in their dry goods store. Strauss took on the task of the traveling salesman and changed his given name to Levi.

With the news of the California gold rush, the family decided to send Levi to San Francisco where he established the Levi Strauss & Company Store in March 1853. One of his most consistent customers was Jacob Davis who bought bolts of fabric including cotton duck.

When Davis got together with Strauss about the fabric problem Strauss had the answer. He first started purchasing the "serge de nimes" from France. Strauss imported and sold the fabric and Davis created the waist overalls. Soon serge de nimes became denims and waist overalls became denim blue jeans.

Davis wanted to patent his riveted blue jeans but didn't have the $68 to apply for the patent. He approached his supplier Levi Strauss who gladly established the partnership and provided the finances and business know how. On May 20, 1873 the team was given their patent.

As is often the case, the public came up with their own name and began calling the denim jeans "Levis". When Levis became the norm, for the Strauss/Davis work pants, they didn't hesitate to patent the Levi name as well.

When the Strauss's opened their New York plant, J. Strauss, Brother and Company, Levi asked Jacob to be their supervisor in 1876. The New York plant closed down after the death of Jonas Strauss nine years later. Davis continued to work with the Levi Strauss factory until his own death in 1908. His son, Simon Davis, succeeded his father for Levi Strauss & Co.

We all know Levis look and feel better wash after wash. But Joy Moffat understands that once your Levis or any other denim jeans have been washed, sewn, torn, mended, repaired and then replaced, they still have a great use. She recycles used and unwanted denims into totes and purses and they begin an entirely new journey.

With all that being said I want to share one of my cowboy poems, "Levis". I wrote this at that time of year, Dec. 31, when we look back at the holidays and think about the new resolutions we have to make. This was the story that rang true for me.


I have always envied cowgirls whose levis fit just right,
Showing curves and functionality, just a wee bit short of tight.
Levis must have 'nough give so you can throw across your cantle,
Otherwise you're reach falls short and you're hung there on your saddle.

I've struggled with my weight since I was 12 years old,
Have had to grab the sides of jeans with a strong and mighty hold.
Once you secure your grip and bounce least twice upon the floor,
You give a tug then zip a bit, then breath and bounce some more.

Now you find that things have settled so you take another grip,
Sweat has beaded on your brow as you bite your lower lip.
You finally have them up where the crotch now meets its goal,
You see the gap that still remains between button and buttonhole.

Ah then I spy the bed! The lure is hanging there.
I turn my backside towards it and lean into thin air.
I zip them up all the way, I know I'm near the end.
Well here's another problem, I can't seem to make the bend.

So I roll my shoulders to one side, my hips they follow suit,
As my sight wanders cross the floor I notice my left boot.
Life experience taught me a well laid plan is best,
My boots should have gone on first before I did the rest.

I hold my breath as I pull them on and my lips are turning blue,
I'm just 'bout ready now the dressin' part is through.
I swear I hear him groaning as I breach my gelding's sight,
I find my step and throw a leg and get an awful fright.

My pants must have shrunk a titch, there ain't no give to this here pair,
Because I kinda found a hitch and my stride stopped clean, midair.
Well I hang there just a minute while the gelding holds his ground
I cup an elbow about the horn and throw my leg around.

So now we're out and riding and my man asks "Want a drink?"
Nah, I answer nicely 'cause you know what I must think.
How can I get down off this horse for that moment of relief,
I think it is impossible, that is truly my own belief.

And now you surely realize that's what's changed our western wear,
New levis now are branded this here's a "relaxed fit" pair.

Learn about the author and Marky's Market proprietor, Laurali Noteman and our featured artist. Take a look and enjoy more artists and their work at under the Artist tab.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Update Your Fashion Sense With the Tie Dye Tank Top

A tie dyed lace tank. Photo taken by User:Gezi...Image via WikipediaBy Jennifer Delrue

Tie dye Elan clothing has come a long way since the '70s. It is no longer just for the elderly, women of all ages are beginning to see the creativity and fun that lies behind the unique tie dye fashion statements of today.

Although the tie dye tank top is by far the most popular choice for women today, this is not the exclude the many Elan dresses that include this vintage style as well. Summer is all about experimenting with new fashion statements and there really is no better way than to head back into fashion history to find a style that women have utilized for centuries.

The Elan International clothing line includes a wide range of tie dye fashion pieces but nothing compares in popularity to their tank top. What's great about this pattern option is that no two shirts are ever alike, even when they are mass produced. It is a unique science used to create these designs and if being unique is important to you than you have found the newest style for your wardrobe.

The Elan International tie dye line includes a ruffled tank top that can't be duplicated. This fashion top offers several different layers of ruffles which create more than a visual appeal for any casual outfit.

One dimensional casual tops are without a doubt perfect for summer but if you are looking for a bit more you may want to consider different unique accents and additions to your fashion tops to take a casual statement and turn it into a fabulous statement. Have you considered the option that tie dye tops can be work attire appropriate as well?

We understand that searching for summer wear that can double as work wear can be tricky. Being creative is the key to women's fashion today whether you are dealing with Elan casual dresses or a simple casual wear line. There is always more to fashion than what meets the eye so use your imagination. This Elan International tie dye tank top can easily be worn to work when layered under a great suit jacket or cropped sweater.

There is absolutely no reason why this tank can't be worn with dress pants instead of casual pants such as jeans. Although this particular tank we are referring to is found in baby blue, grey and white you can most definitely locate tie dye styles in a number of different color combinations to suit your style preferences.

If after reading this entire article you are still not certain about this new fashion development, simply give this casual tank top a try! You have nothing to lose except finding out for certain whether this '70s style is right for you or not.

Everyone reaches a point in their life when they look at their closets and find they are bored with their wardrobe. There is literally no better way to update a wardrobe than with tie dye!

Are you wondering what fashions and trends are coming up for spring 2011? J.Delrue is the fashion blogger who can help you with this. Tie dye is the answer this summer! The tie dye tank top from Elan clothing is a hot style that will run 365 days per year, don't miss out on it!

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Key to Summer Fashion Success - Mini Skirts!

MiniskirtImage via WikipediaBy Jennifer Delrue

Maybe you have been looking at the mini skirt sensation and staying as far away from it as possible, or maybe you are more than ready to jump on board!

Mini skirts are a big part of the Elan International clothing line and women of all ages and sizes are beginning to see the potential this simple yet sexy style can deliver. Within this article we are going to not only discuss the basics of the mini skirt style but how you can wear it this summer and what your overall options are. As you know, when it comes to women's fashion, the options are nearly unlimited!

Let's first get out of the way that there are mini skirts and what are now known as micro-mini skirts. Mini skirts are definitely more popular because of the length they offer where the micro version of this casual skirt is definitely pushing the limits for the majority of women which is why it has not yet made the top of the Elan clothing must-have list.

The length of the mini skirt is generally an inch or two above the knee. For many women, this is a very comfortable length but for others this is taking a big leap from their knee length skirts and even floor length skirt options. If this sounds like you, we have some ideas that can help you get used to the shorter skirt length while still retaining the coverage you are used to.

Layering is a major part of women's fashion today and it not only refers to women's fashion tops but bottoms as well. Leggings are not just a layering tool for the cooler months of the year but for the summer as well.

Often times you can't reuse your winter leggings because of the thick materials used to keep you warm. You obviously want the opposite for the summer months of the year and spandex is a great option because it allows you to breathe and wicks away the sweat. After locating your new summer leggings, preferably in a cropped length, you can wear these under your new mini skirt for additional coverage.

Bike shorts under a denim miniskirt are a great combination women of all ages are taking advantage of this summer. It creates the ambiance of a '70s style, similar to many of the other '70s fashion trends that have made a comeback within the past few years. It's important to note here that although you are layering your miniskirt, it may still not be appropriate for the office but it is definitely a summer ready outfit you will want to wear over and over again!

If you are looking for more summer must-have hits let's not forget about Elan International casual dresses. Summer dresses are just as much of a staple as a bathing suit so don't forget about the hot Elan International dresses that can be found online in addition to their miniskirt variety!

Are you wondering what fashions and trends are coming up for spring 2011? J.Delrue is the fashion blogger who can help you with this. Mini skirts are back this year and are here to stay! Break out of your shell and try out this daring fashion trend for yourself.

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Saturday, July 9, 2011

What Does Hemp Clothing Have To Do With Climate Change?

Global annual fossil fuel carbon dioxide emiss...Image via WikipediaBy Adrian Desbarats

You know trees as heroes when it comes to sequestering carbon and combating climate change, but could hemp clothing challenge that reputation?

As trees grow, they inhale carbon dioxide gas and convert it into carbon-based fibers, which locks up this greenhouse gas for as long as the tree is alive and growing. That's carbon sequestration. And that's why forests are so important in the fight against climate change, and why there's such a strong movement to project forests around the world.

So why are we talking about trees and clothing in a discussion of hemp clothing? Because when it comes to carbon sequestration, hemp may be just as effective, if not more. Recent scientific discoveries point to the fact that organically-grown agricultural crops such as hemp remove carbon from the atmosphere through biological carbon sequestration using the process described above.

Crops that are grown using nitrogen-based fertilizers are less effective at fighting climate change. That's because nitrogen-based fertilizers are made using fossil fuels and require energy to produce. Organic crops, on the other hand, make use of cover crops (that fix nitrogen in the soil for natural nutrient-boost) and manure, both of which further fix carbon in the soil.

Hemp is also an ideal crop for carbon sequestration because it grows incredibly fast, especially when you compare their growth to trees. Hemp plants can also produce an enormous amount of plant matter in a small amount of space, which means more sequestered carbon. Hemp is generally planted in a density of up to 300 plants per square meter, and can still be grown organically. This means it can produce between three and eight dry tons of fiber per acre.

In fact, one acre of hemp will produce twice as much fiber as an acre of cotton, and almost four times as much in the same space as trees. And since hemp plants reach maturity much sooner than trees - within one year - they can be harvested and new plants cultivated so that the cycle continues indefinitely.

Hemp is being recognized as having the potential to even reduce carbon emissions in the building industry. Hemcrete, a building material used for green buildings, is being touted as a much better alternative to tree-based building materials in terms of carbon sequestration.

So when looking for organic clothing, check out your hemp clothing options. You'll find that your purchase could go a long way to shrinking your carbon footprint!

Fashion & Earth provides eco consumers with hemp clothing at affordable prices. With their hassle free returns policy and, extremely popular Rewards Program you really have nothing to lose! Go ahead - check them out and experience the feeling of wearing organic clothing

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Different Phases, Styles And Shapes Of Sunglasses

Portrait 3Image by iKeito via FlickrBy Jamie Simpson

Sunglasses started out as eye protection and were mass produced by Sam Foster in 1929. Ray-Ban Aviators were created in 1936 for military aviators and are now as commonly worn as any brand. Sunglasses did not become a fashion accessory until the 1940's when film stars wore them to hide eye redness from the bright lights on the set and to be incognito. The general public followed suit and the trend was established for good.

Lenses can be any colour and shape that the buyer desires. Novelty frames are very individualized. Wayfarers became the rage in 1952 after James Dean wore them everywhere and they became his signature look. They originally had black plastic frames and lenses that were wider on top than bottom. Later, different colours of frames were added to the collection.

Mirrored sunglasses are very popular today, but started out as the way to cut glare. Edwin Land had a patent for the Polaroid filter for cameras that he applied to glasses in 1936. A mirrored coating on a tinted glass lens improved the eye's ability to see contrasts on snow or water where the glare was potentially blinding. This improved depth perception needed in skiing and snowboarding and looking beneath the surface of water. These lenses are worn by police officers and referred to as "cop shades" sometimes.

Oversized sunglasses were made popular by Jackie O in the 1960s. Sophia Loren also favours large lenses and many women wear them today. They had a major resurgence in the 1980s and are now not uncommon. They do cover more skin but are generally chosen for the fashion factor.

Perhaps the most widely recognised frame of the past is the cat eye shaped lens and frame. It does not conjure up pleasant images necessarily, but vivid ones. The original frame was tilted up at the outside corners and appeared to be shaped like the eyes of a Siamese cat. Some were exaggerated to a sharp point on the end and not exactly flattering to the wearer. The cat eye glasses made now are attractive and less dramatic, and more attuned to style. Lily Tomlin as the phone operator is one image of less than stylish cat eye frames.

Heart shaped frames were seen a novelty, however celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie and Drew Barrymore have recently been spotted wearing them. Flower shaped frames appeared in the 1960s and are now often made for children. They do use every colour imaginable and frequently have the shape of a daisy.

In the same vein, only more designer-oriented, keyhole sunglasses are shaped so that the bridge and lens frame are in the shape of a keyhole where they fit over the nose. The lenses are nearly round and considered retro. They come in tortoise shell and coloured frames for more of a retro effect.

Most sunglasses have plastic or lightweight metal frames as they are lighter on the face. They are available in thick and thin frames in a multitude of colours and styles, and it is fair to say that sunglasses have an undeniable cool factor.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

How to Throw a Back to the 70s Party

Hippie PartyImage by Snap Man via FlickrBy Martin A Horton

A splendid idea for your next summer party is to theme your soiree around the 1970s. Take this idea to the next level by turning your party into a costumed event. Asking your guests to wear a costume is a wonderful way to make your celebration a totally groovy one.

When your friends arrive at your party in their hippie chick costumes, decked out with rose colored glasses and bangle earrings, the fun has only just begun. There are lots of costume ideas for a 70s theme, and you can even tailor the theme around a certain type of costume.

Many of the fun 70s costumes available for purchase are very colorful with tie-dye and paisley prints, so it is fun to prepare drinks which are equally as eye-catching. Create a punch using brightly colored drink mixes, or add food coloring to sparkling white wines and champagne. Example snacks are brownies with brightly colored sprinkles added for a psychedelic look and Jiffy Pop popcorn still in the container.

If your guests are the type of people who enjoy trivia games, you can customize a game using some psychedelic colored paper, a glass soda bottle, a few 1970s themed trinkets like disco balls or hippie beads and a little internet research. Soda in glass bottles are often found in specialty food stores or in the ethnic section of your local supermarket.

For your questions, do some Internet searches for music and films of the 1970s. Create questions from the information you find interesting. Print out 30 or more questions so you have at least two questions per guest who you expect to participate in the game. To play, ask guests to sit around a table. At the table, pick one person to begin as a question asker, and spin the glass bottle in the center of the table. Whoever the bottle stops in front of has to answer the asker's question.

Another fun 70s themed activity is to hold a dance contest. Pick a two or three of your guests to judge the contest and give them lots of beads, wrapped snacks or other 70s themed prizes to hand out. Put on some music that goes with your theme, and ask the rest of your guests to participate as contestants. Let contestants do their best or wackiest dance moves for 30 seconds, and let the judges give their favorites prizes. After the contest is over, let the winners start a dance party with a disco Soul Train dance line.

You have lots of options in regards to decorating for a 1970's themed affair. A disco fever theme with a disco ball hanging from the ceiling and shiny streamers is a lively way to enhance the 70s feel of your party. Paring reflective decorations with a playlist of bouncy disco tunes creates a boisterous dance party anywhere.

If a hippy rock party is more what you are looking to invite guests to, buy a set of beaded curtains, also known as door beads. Hang them from your front door, so when guests enter the party, the 70s feel is the first thing they experience. With these tips, your 1970s costume party is sure to impress. Your guests can have a great time, because of the effort you have put into such a fun party.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Eco-Friendly Shoes - Going Green With Footwear

Shoes in a shopImage via WikipediaBy Joan One

It is possible today to have fashionable earth friendly shoes to complete your outfit for whatever purpose - be it walking, dancing, climbing or running. This means that in your quest to protect the planet, you are no longer confined to wearing earth friendly, boxy hemp shoes or sandals that lack any sense of style.

In addition, green shoes today are available in a wider selection of colors, designs and materials to choose from. These include wooden soles made from sustainable wood; shoes made from recycled bottles for mesh, recycled leather, recycled rice husks for sole materials, recycled foam for foot-beds, bamboo or recycled car tires to complete your look.

For instance, you can now dress up your feet in some stylish, sexy and beautiful bamboo shoes which have proved to be very popular with shoppers today. Some of the natural materials used to creatively construct eco-shoes include hemp, recycled inner tubes, sustainable wood, recycled carpet padding, recycled car tires, cork, organic cotton, bamboo, vegetable-dyed leather, as well as natural rubber from the "hevea" tree known as crepe. These may be used to create comfortable running shoes as well as stylish three-inch heels. This means that you don't have to sacrifice your great sense of style in being socially conscious.

It is possible to purchase eco-shoes both online and in certain brick and mortar stores for women and men to wear when dressing up, playing golf or engaging in exercises such as jogging. Kids can also look stylish and remain protected by wearing green shoes. Because the pores on the soles of our feet are rather large, we need to keep them protected from absorbing chemicals from the surfaces that we walk on as well as our shoes. It is therefore especially important for toddlers and young children to wear eco-friendly shoes as they may be more susceptible to the harmful effects of toxins used in the manufacture of other shoes.

Vegetarians enjoy spending on eco-shoes which is in keeping with their lifestyle, while others are more concerned about sustaining the environment. There are also individuals who worry about how the toxic materials such as glue which are used in making shoes can be absorbed into our bodies and affect our overall health. If you are concerned about how materials used to make shoes - such as leather, impacts animals and the environment, then green shoes are just the thing for you.

Joan One is a freelance journalist and creative writer who immensely enjoys writing and researching into any topic under the Sun. She specializes in writing "green" eco-friendly topics aimed at enabling environmentally conscious readers to find simple ways to reduce their carbon footprint and help save our planet.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Demise of Hemp Clothing - Part II

HempImage by lux2night via FlickrBy Adrian Desbarats

In Part I of this series, we discussed the early history of hemp clothing production and how hemp products of some kind existed in just about every culture world wide. We discussed the many benefits of this fibre which made it easy to understand why the fibre reached such dominance in world history.

But during the twentieth century, production began a steady decline and by the 1990s, hemp production was but a mere fraction of its peak in 1966. But what happened? How could a fibre with so many benefits decline so sharply, especially considering other natural fibres such as cotton which did not share a similar fate?

By the early twentieth century, the development of the steam engine and the diesel engine ended the age of commercial sailing ships. The production of iron and steel for cable and ships' hulls further eliminated natural fibres in marine use.

The end of global demand for canvas sails and decline in demand for rope certainly put a dent in hemp production but it isn't the whole story. Many argue that once polyester and nylon came on the scene in the 1950s, that marked the final "nail in the coffin" for the hemp industry. But if that was the case, why didn't cotton, another natural fibre, suffer the same fate?

It is certainly true that once polyester came on the scene, natural fibres came under threat experiencing considerable economic hardship during the period from 1960 - 1990. But post the 1990s, cotton made a tremendous recovery, recapturing market share and has continued to show solid growth ever since. On the other hand, hemp production steadily declined never again reaching its post war heydays.

There are two primary reasons why hemp declined without recovery while cotton was able to rebound.

The first reason is that cotton production was well organized. In the 1960's, cotton producers in the US formed the Cotton Research and Promotion Program (CRPP) which still exists to this day. This institution helped bring technological and agricultural improvements to the cotton industry, helped expand markets and actively promoted the benefits of cotton over synthetic fibres. This organized effort to save the cotton industry played a key role in creating the cotton industry that you see today.

The second reason is a bit more complex. As many know, hallucinogenic drugs can be produced from Cannabis. The primary narcotic agent called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is harvested from various Cannabis strains to produce these drugs. Because these drugs are illegal in many countries, including the US, cultivation of Cannabis was banned. However, the Cannabis strain used to produce hemp fibre is extremely low in THC. At THC concentrations less then 0.3% hemp is not a viable plant for production of narcotic drugs.

But, unfortunately, hemp was lumped in with other Cannabis plants. Furthermore, the US has a zero tolerance for THC on all hemp imports, further impeding the industrial production of hemp for valid uses.

And so market share was taken over by other, less controversial fibres. Abaca, or "Manila hemp", a relative of the banana plant, replaced its use for rope production. Burlap, made from jute, took over the sacking market. The paper industry began using wood pulp. The carpet industry converted to wool, sisal, and jute and finally to nylon. Netting and webbing applications were taken over by cotton and synthetic fibres.

So this sweeping ban on cultivation of all Cannabis plants along with a poorly organized lobby group are the two most likely reasons leading to the demise of hemp.

However, hemp does seem to be making a resurgence. And it's about time given the many advantages and benefits of this remarkably eco friendly fibre. Many countries are waking up to the value of hemp. Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany all resumed commercial production in the 1990s. In total approximately thirty countries produce hemp with China being the largest producer.

The Hemp Industries Association has estimated that the North American hemp textiles and fabrics market exceeded $100 million in 2007 and is growing at around 10 percent per year.

Let's hope the resurgence of this eco friendly textile continues. It's good for consumers and its good for our planet!

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Monday, July 4, 2011

The Demise of Hemp Clothing - Part I

hemp scarf worn by MelissaImage by Theo Wright via FlickrBy Adrian Desbarats

There was a time in history when just about everyone on just about every continent used hemp to produce something, be it ropes, sails, paper, jewellery, bags, hemp clothing, etc. For example, until 1883 approximately 70 - 90% of all paper in the world was made using hemp fibre to produce books, Bibles, newspapers, maps, paper money, etc. Until 1937 from 70 - 90% off all rope, twin and cordage was produced using hemp.

During World War II, the United States relied heavily on hemp as the main fibre in the production of uniforms, canvas and rope. Much of the fibre used by the American military was grown in Kentucky and the Midwest. The fibre was so important to the American military engine that during World War II, the US produced a short film called "Hemp for Victory" which promoted the fibre as an important crop to assist in winning the war.
So, how did hemp fibre production decline so precipitously from these glory days?

This decline is especially difficult to understand given the many benefits of hemp:

Hardy plant: Cannabis sativa L, the plant used to produce hemp is very durable allowing it to be grown in a variety of latitudes, weather and soil types.

High Yield: Cannabis sativa L, produces a far superior fibre yield versus other options. For example, one acre of hemp can produce the same amount of useable fibre versus 4 acres of trees or two acres of cotton.

Durable Fibre: Individual Cannabis fibres are up to 15ft long giving them a very high tensile strength as compared to other natural fibres. For example, hemp paper lasts longer than wood pulp. Because Cannabis requires less chemical inputs in the pulping process, hemp paper is acid-free, and chlorine free. Hemp paper can be recycled 7 times, wood pulp only 4 times. Hemp is more water absorbent and, has three times the tensile strength of cotton, making it a far more durable fibre for textile production. Cannabis fibre is also anti-microbial, highly rot and mildew resistant and offers a high UV resistance.

More Eco Friendly: Hemp cultivation requires very little if any pesticide application, irrigation or fertilizer supplementation. Compare this to conventional cotton which accounts for approximately 24% of world insecticide demand and 11% of world pesticide demand, yet uses only 2.4% of arable land. Cotton also consumes a large amount of water, requiring approximately 10,000 - 17,000 L per Kg of cotton lint produced.

Yet despite all these incredible benefits of hemp the decline in production since 1966 has been dramatic.

In part II of this series you will get our view of why this decline took place as well as a hopeful glimpse at the possible resurgence of this highly beneficial and eco friendly fabric.

Fashion & Earth provides consumers with eco clothing options such as hemp clothing at affordable prices. With their hassle free returns policy and, extremely popular Rewards Program you really have nothing to lose! Go ahead - check them out and experience the feeling of wearing eco friendly clothing

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