I try to be green where I can be: I use reusable bags when grocery shopping, a reusable water bottle, I recycle, etc. It bothers me that a lot of companies like Lululemon don't carry sizes that I can wear. Part of me says, "You'll be able to start wearing them eventually and that will be a great accomplishment!" The other part wants nothing to do with them because I don't want to support a company who doesn't acknowledge that a person of a larger size can want/need fitness gear, too. I'm not sure if I'll be willing to pay more to shop at such a company when the time comes.
Seriously? Reusable bags are TOO green? And I suppose driving two blocks to buy two bags of groceries is a good idea. After all, it supports the economy, too, to have to put gas in the car every week. Allow me to shake my head at an attitude like that.
Fortunately, I think that price differences between eco-friendly and conventional (stupid convention, if you ask me, btw) stuff of all kind will begin to dissolve once eco-friendly becomes the norm. I already see this in Germany where the grocer's bill from the regular supermarket is really no less than from the bio (organic) store. Eventually, fitness products and clothing will go the same way, and that's definitely a good thing.
The greenest gear is from the thrift shop (or garage sales, but those are more touch-and-go) - and it's a LOT cheaper too! You're reusing, supporting a local charity, and getting a great deal. So many used clothes are like new, just last season's models or something that was never worn.
The reusuable water bottle and rechargeable batteries are totally great....but I draw the line at all the rest, in that I think we are getting too crazy in this society, with reusable bags, and every thing being green. DRIVES me nuts!
I RECYCLE...I will continue to do so, all my mail, grocery receipts etc. etc. but I just cannot do any more at this point. I just want to remain sane!!!!
Cool sites, if only I had $20 to spend on a pair of socks, $60 per tank top and nearly $100 per pair of pants (even more significant for the many of us on this site who are shrinking sizes). $100 on one pair of pants I hope to not fit in a few months? Wish I had that kind of money.
As far as water bottles go, I recommend the new wave enviro stainless steel bottles (I like the large 1 liter bottle for less refilling, but also got a smaller .6 liter bottle that is similar in shape to the aluminum bottles that are very popular, and I like that one as well, though I use it for when I am out without a bag big enough to accommodate the others. And the clip on it allows me to hand it from my small purse rather than having to fit it in the purse..
Oh, and they are cheaper than Klean Kanteen bottles.
My idea of shopping GREEN: is called a RUMMAGE SALE in my areal. I also have a $2 reusable water bottle and another that I got free. I will use my beach towel for a yoga mat before I spend the prices advertised on the links. I checked out the web links and wouldn't shop at any of them.
4/18/2009 11:01:28 AM
Very good article, but I'm going to have to slim down some more before I can shop for earth-friendly clothes! One of the sites has women's 12 as the largest size, and another only goes up to 16.
I was thinking before I read this, i am not very 'green' at all. Then I discovered, things I have done for personal preference and ease are Green.
3 Yrs ago, Santa brought me 2 Nalgene 32ox water bottles - use religiously 5 Yrs ago, I discoved SmartWool stocks - aside from the cost, LOVE 'EM 2 Yrs ago, Yoga mat: I bought a rubber one - again for comfort and ease for no green thoughts involved. 4yeas ago - bought a Eureka tent - for car camping. We are thinking of getting a new one, but naturally thought of givings/selling ours to Wilderness Exchange not throwing it out. 2.5 years ago - discovered Wilderness Exchange - where new and used equipment go to live a new life. My husband got some great 'GoLite' clothing for almost nothing. Saved us tons of money, more items not in a landfill, and they looked like they had never been worn. Utensils for camping: Lexan or Titanium - no disposable plastics. It was a revelation to both of us that we were actually being pretty green about things. Now that we are more aware - we will do even better.
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