September 15, 2009

I Dream of Jean-ie: The Latest in Organic Denim.

There is nothing better than wearing clothing you can be proud of. Whether its organic, recycled, vintage or second-hand, wearing low-impact clothing is certain to put your mind at ease. Thanks to our friends at Ideal Bite, we have the straight scoop on what is hot in eco-premium denim.

Eco Denim Benefits:

  • Not wrinkling your nose over pesticides.Organic farms tend to compost, frequently rotate crops, and plant cover crops – maintaining and restoring the soil naturally.
  • No supernatural effects.Five of the top nine pesticides used to produce cotton are carcinogens.
  • In-genie-ous details.Our picks are high quality (so they’ll last longer), and the designers pay extreme attention to detail – hand-pumiced stonewash, anyone?

Ideal Bite Fact:

If 10,000 Biters opt for a pair of organic jeans instead of nonorganic ones, we’ll keep the weight of eight male walruses in pesticide-treated cotton out of production.

Best sources for killer, new eco-jeans:

  • Sling & Stones– lux jeans with 24-karat gold detailing; check out the skinny/straight Marys ($270).
  • 7 For All Mankind– if you’re into distressed denim, then you’re well familiar with this brand’s duds, and you’ll dig the relaxed Josefina style in Vintage Cali ($198).
  • Serfontaine– not organic cotton, but the company uses fruit enzymes rather than the typical harsh wash/dye chems, and hand grinding for its stonewash, rather than pumice mined by workers who aren’t making fair wages, in the developing world. Check the hot, skinny Fox Peg Legs with a side zipper, in black ($196).
  • Del Forte– one of the first organic jeans makers is still one of the best; the Laurels have a nice, little-bit-loose, forgiving fit. Send them back for recycling and you’ll get 10% off your next pair ($75).
  • Levi’s– look for the Eco label on many of its classic styles; we like the straight-leg 552s in Black Sheen ($70).
  • If you’re more into value over style, Kmart and Walmart now offer some Greensource organic denim options for as little as $8 as part of their Route 66 and Faded Glory lines. (You can even trace your pants back through the manufacturing process using an included tracking number.)

If premium eco-denim is slightly outside of your price range, be sure to scour the racks at local vintage and secondhand stores. There is often a wide selection at deeply discounted prices. If you want the premium look without the premium price, locate the closest Buffalo Exchange for designer bargains.

For more fashionable tips, visit idealbite.com.

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