Enviromental Awareness


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Feb 11

5 Easy Steps for RESPONSIBLE Clothing Care

In Garment Lifecycle Analysis, nearly

70% of the impact comes from Garment Care.

1.  We recommend WASHing RESPONSIBLY Cold Water, Biodegradable Detergent, No Chlorine Bleach, Line Dry.  This will make your clothing last longer and cut down on laundry time.  Check out Project Laundry list for more in depth information.

2.  Lower your impact buy Buying  Better &  Buying  Less. Buy timeless silhouettes.

3.  Before making apparel purchases, consider the true cost of what you are buying.  What is it made from? Where was it made?  Who made it? Were they paid a living wage?

4.    Consider Buying Locally Made Product.  It creates jobs, keeps money in the local economy and reduces the need for excessive transportation.

5.   When you no longer want or need the clothing, please keep it out of the trash.  Nearly 7% of our Landfills are filled with textile waste.

Here are a few resources to help you.

Donate to Wearable Collections or the Salvation Army.

Go to Earth 911 and type in your zip code to find out where to recycle materials including textiles.


15
Nov 10

Proud Riverkeeper Retail Partner

We’re proud to be in good company on Riverkeeper.org.  Check out the other Riverkeeper Retail Partners and shop to support a great cause.

(Image taken from Riverkeeper Retail Partner Website.)

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Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.

RESTORE™Clothing.


6
Nov 10

Our 1% Goes to Riverkeeper, Here’s Why.

“20% of industrial fresh water pollution comes from textile treatment and dyeing.” – World Bank

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That fact is enough to make anyone understand why Anthony & Céleste Lilore chose to donate their 1% for the Planet dollars to Riverkeeper.  However, there was so much more behind their decision.

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How did you choose which organization to give your 1% to?

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RESTORE™Clothing: We live along the Hudson River.  We see it everyday, we exercise by it, it is both our source of sanity in New York City and our connection to nature.  We were looking for a way to get engaged with the community, keeping in mind that we’re an indie start-up – we’re small.  Since we are part of an industry that adds to pollution, we wanted to do something to counteract that.  We identified an important cause (water pollution) and organization that was making a difference and began to volunteer for them – Riverkeeper.  Once we really got to know them and their initiatives, we knew we had the right fit.

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Riverkeeper’s Mission Statement: “to protect the ecological integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water supply of 9 million New Yorkers.  Riverkeeper is an independent, member-supported environmental organization founded on the premise that citizens themselves must roll up their sleeves to defend our waterways.”  The team and their volunteers work to stop polluters, protect river ecology, and safeguard drinking water.  They run a “Drink Tap Water” campaign and support policy solutions such as Clean Energy, Clean Water Protection and Flood Prevention Act, and the Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007.

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- Read more about their campaigns here: http://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/

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Help protect New York City’s drinking water today: DONATE

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More about the Hudson River: http://www.riverkeeper.org/hudson-river/basics/

Check your Water Quality: http://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/locations/

Riverkeeper on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HudsonRiverkeeper/

Riverkeeper on Twitter: http://twitter.com/riverkeeper_ny

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More about 1% For The Planet here: http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/en/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1percentfortheplanet

Twitter: http://twitter.com/1PercentFTP

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Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.

RESTORE™Clothing.


4
Nov 10

Message from Earth

In case the video doesn’t show-up for any reason, here’s a direct link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCqvl8xykO0


21
Oct 10

Our BioBags are Biodegrading!

Well, we knew the time would come…but not this soon!  Our first bio bags deteriorated faster than expected as well, but our second batch (12-18 months old) has just started to degrade.  (They are supposed to last 24-36 months or 18 when exposed to outside elements, but these were used and reused indoors in storage!)  Check it out:

We now have little pieces of bio-plastic sticking to our shoes.  The things we do to be RESTOREClothing.

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Look Great.  Feel Great.  Do Great.


25
Nov 09

“RECYCLED” at the Mezzanine Art Gallery

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Artwork By Edward John Harkewicz

Today we visited the art exhibit titled “RECYCLED” at the Mezzanine Art Gallery at The Times Square building. The building is a former hotel that was turned to an affordable residency for the homeless by the Common Ground Organization in 1991.

The exhibit actually displays original artwork by nine of the tenants. The pieces are not only unique, but thought-provoking. The best part is that they were all created from recycled sources.
The gallery showed a range of innovative pieces. We saw beautiful abstract paintings on blocks of wood, collages made of magazines, coffee grounds, and dried leaves, interesting designs on an old pair of jeans, and much more.

The exhibit will be On display through January 29, 2010. The Times Square is located at 255 West 40th St. New York, NY 10036.

For more information visit Common Ground website


6
Nov 09

Please spread the word to help Riverkeeper win $100,000 from Levi’s Company!

Riverkeeper is in the TOP 10 nominated charities to receive a $100,000 donation from Levi’s Company. Please follow this link, register, and vote for us! It will take but 3 minutes of your time and help us get closer to winning that very important support.

http://goforth.levi.com/fortune

Please watch this video if you’d like to know more about Riverkeeper:


30
Oct 09

Instead of tricking the environment treat it with these Halloween tips

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-Trick or Treat with Reusable Bags
Try using reusable bags and containers that don’t need to be discarded after they are used.

Check out these easy DIY ideas for Eco-Friendly Trick or Treat bags:
How to make cheap Eco-Friendly Trick-or-Treat Bags

-Make Do-It-Yourself Costumes
Instead of spending money on a Halloween costume that’s going to be used only once, get creative and make costumes from old clothes and other items you already have around the house.

After Halloween, you can either wash and store your homemade costumes for use in subsequent years, trade with friends, or donate the clothing from which they were made to day care centers, homeless shelters, or charitable organizations.

Here are some ideas:
Do it yourself Halloween costumes

-Give Eco-Friendly Treats
There is a growing variety of eco-friendly candy—from organic chocolate to organic lollipops—available online and from local organic groceries, health food stores, or consumer cooperatives. These organic candies can satisfy your sweet tooth without compromising your health, and they are produced using methods that don’t damage the environment.

Choose treats that use little or no packaging that is produced using fossil fuels and cannot be recycled. Whenever possible, buy locally produced treats from local merchants. Buying locally supports your local economy, and also reduces fuel consumption and pollution associated with transporting products.

Check out these Chocolate bars that help save animal species:
Endangered Species Chocolate

-Make Your Halloween Party Eco-Friendly
Host a Halloween party that features organic, locally grown pumpkins for carving, apples for bobbing, and other pesticide-free, locally grown foods appropriate to the holiday and the harvest season.

Use dishes, cutlery, napkins and tablecloths that can be washed and reused instead of disposable plastic and paper tableware.

Preserve has a wide variety of stylish, high performance, eco-friendly products :
Preserve Products

These are just some ideas that will make your Halloween responsibly fun for you and for the environment!

find more ideas here: Go Green this Halloween


23
Oct 09

The story of stuff with Annie Leonard

Here at RESTORE™CLOTHING we are very concerned about the true cost of things. Take a look at this video by Annie Leonard that shows how our production and consumption patterns affect the world.

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

www.storyofstuff.com


30
Sep 09

Kamal Meattle on how to grow fresh air

Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.