Going Green with Fabric

Going Green with Fabric

going green with bambooWhen more people want to go green, a great way to be environmentally friendly is through fabrics and materials. This is a hot trend where fashion goes green. Many green materials are considered for fabrics instead of traditional cotton. Those natural resources include bamboo, corn, organic cotton, hemp, silk, even coconut shells. In this article, we will discuss one of them – bamboo – the going green material.

Bamboo

Bamboo fabric has a good reputation from the benefit to both human and earth in the clothing industry. Bamboo fabric has a soft touch and a stronger fabric. Due the fabrics structure, the fabric is very breathable to stay cool in the summer and warmer in the winter. Also, it can absorb 3 – 4 times more water than the traditional cotton fabric without sticking to your skin. It is very good for sports wear or casual wear. At the same time, the benefits of bamboo are abundant to the earth. It grows very fast to be ready for harvesting in four years. It does not require replanting because of the robust reproduction ability from its root networking. Moreover, bamboo naturally grows with no irritation, poisonous pesticides, and fertilizers.

The best part of going green fabrics and materials is that it doesn’t even require green technology. It’s more going back to basics than anything else. In this case the old ways are a bit better for the environment and going green is easy and nice.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:Eco-friendly/green alternatives to Moleskine notebooks?
    I am a big fan of these notebooks. However, I dislike how they are manufactured in China, apparently use DEHP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moleskine) and have now become more of a franchise than the simply black notebook I used to love.

    Recommendations for alternative brands? Preferably recycled or eco-friendly products would be wonderful!

    • ANSWER:Start insisting on the Mead fabric covered binders. Oxford might have some too.
  2. QUESTION:About eco-friendly fuel…..?
    Would the cars and environment benefit if from now on, all cars used fuel that contained at least 15% ethanol (Bioethanol, unlike petroleum, is a form of renewable energy that can be produced from agricultural feedstocks. It can be made from very common crops such as sugar cane, potato, manioc and corn. Wikipedia)?

    I’m not good with cars, so i was just curious as to whether this would be a good idea.

    • ANSWER:It is an interesting question.

      One of the issues is the effect on food production. The amount of vegetable matter involved is HUGE, and represents a significant diversion of crops from food, making some things scarce and very expensive. What seems to be a much better approach, is to used non-food crops in marginal land areas, and using enzymatic processes to release the sugar (the actual substrate for ethanol.
      This is the subject of intense research.

      Also, ethanol is very corrosive. This would require some changes to most vehicles. There was recently a problem in California with boats, where they add ethanol, that dissolved certain plastic parts and causing engines to fail. This issue is not prohibitive, but requires thought.

  3. QUESTION:What would make the ultimate eco friendly building? Design, parts, location, etc.?
    Example: Warehouse like the obscenely large Wal-Mart DC near where I live with a green roof or brown roof. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_roof) Maybe even wind power turbines built on the roof too. Natural landscaping around it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_landscaping). Solar panels built into the car ports in the parking lot with places to plug in electric cars. Water reclimation catacombs beneath the parking lot.
    re-use of grey water is a great idea too.

    • ANSWER:My grandfathers house is built into the side of a hill- 6 feet or so of dirt over the top with the front all windows. It keeps itself above freezing all winter even with no heat on. He wired it with large diameter copper wire, so saves as much as the extra thick wire cost every 7 months or so since there is less resistance in the wire. He uses rain water caught on a shed for all but drinking, and grey water from the shower for the toilet.
  4. QUESTION:What type of gas should I fill up my car with an engine of variable-venturi?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carburetor#Operation

    which is better for the engine of my car? premium or unleaded?
    i want to use unleaded gas because it’s eco-friendly but i don’t know if my engine will perform well.

    and also… is there such thing as unleaded premium gas?
    i mean.. a premium gas at the same time eco-friendly?

    • ANSWER:they only difference between regular and premium is the octane … octane is a measurement for the knock residence so higher performance engines like superchargers turbos or engines with really high compression ratio need higher octane or the engine will have pre ignition .. so if you have any of the above then run premium if you don’t then just use regular i don’t get why people thing premium is better for your car its only better if you have a engine the can utilize it … i really don’t get the lead thing all gas these days are lead free the leaded gas in the 70s and earlier was to lube the valves i believe or somthing along those lines not postive on that
  5. QUESTION:Am I the only one who thinks this is close to the best common sense approach to the environment?
    This Eco-capitalism thing seems like a good idea to me, what, if any, are the problems with it being a large part of an effective stratagy for an enviromentally friendly and sustainible civilization in america as well as in other countires?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-capitalism

    It’s funny because eco-capitalists are called blue greens, those are my two favorite colors and the description is a good representation of my political philosophy.
    I guess i may be the only one

    • ANSWER:The USA already practices a form of eco-capitalism. It is enforced by the USEPA.

      For example: If your company, a widget manufacturer that has an air discharge of 20 tons per year of VOCs, wastewater, an are a hazardous materials waste generator, you will have to comply with various Air, Water and RCRA permits.

      In order to obtain these permits, you have to pay a lot of money to comply with them.

      Failure to comply with the permits (or to discharge without a permit) can result in fines of up to ,500 per day, per occurance.

      It is not in your best financial interest to violate the terms of your permit. Failure to report an excursion to your permit can result in a fine. Usually, if you have an excursion, you will be written a nasty letter told to get it right. If you do not have the money to comply, then you will have to modify your manufacturing process.

      As you can see, you can be put into a world of hurt quickly.

      So, it is in your best interest (because you do not want to have to pay money to the government, or go to jail for criminal violation of your permits), to budget $$$ required to comply with existing laws.

      If you do not believe it, then look at the number of companies that have gone out of business because of the wrath of the USEPA bearing down on them.

      Certainly some companies will do what they can to skirt the law, but it is not in the best financial interest of the company to do so.

      And while there are countless numbers of times when an accidential release may occur which may harm the air, soil or groundwater, it is still in the best interest of the company to prevent or remediate this to the best of their ability subject to government approval.

  6. QUESTION:Would Al Gore be PROUD of what some of his global warming ‘fighters’ are doing?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19818804/

    WASHINGTON – On a narrow, leafy street in Northwest Washington, where Prius hybrid cars and Volvos are the norm, one man bought a flashy gray Hummer that was too massive to fit in his garage.

    So he parked the seven-foot-tall behemoth on the street in front of his house and smiled politely when his eco-friendly neighbors looked on in disapproval at his “dream car.”

    It lasted five days on the street before two masked men took a bat to every window, a knife to each 38-inch tire and scratched into the body: “FOR THE ENVIRON.”

    Is this an example of ‘eco-terrorism’?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco-terrorism

    Eco-terrorism is defined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Domestic Terrorism Section as “the use or threatened use of violence of a criminal nature against innocent victims or property by an environmentally-oriented, subnational group for environmental-political reasons, or aimed at an audience beyond the target, often of a symbolic nature.”
    l3thedog– if that was YOUR vehicle you would be talking differently.

    No one has the right to damage some one else’s property FOR ANY REASON.
    HIPHOP–

    You’re just mad because no one likes rap. Get over it, nut job.

    • ANSWER:Shoot, down here in Texas (Bush country), you get that done to your car just for having an out of date John Kerry sticker on your car!
  7. QUESTION:Do you think the career of Van Jones is typical of many people currently serving as czar under Obama?
    He started out as a “capitalism is evil” type of guy……..the endgame being a racial utopia. Then after a while he realized the capitalists were the ones with the money required to actually push the changes he wanted to achieve. So by the late 90s he had turned into an “eco-friendly capitalist” (kinda like Al Gore).

    Interestingly enough the only way for an “eco-friendly capitalist” to make money is for the govt. to subsidize the green products to make them more affordable or heavily tax any competition to the green products.

    Which brings us to Mr. Jones other statement:

    “I’ll work with anybody, I’ll fight anybody if it will push our issues forward. … I’m willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends”

    So do you think Obama appointees are former radicals who retain the same goals but have simply refined the means to achieve them??

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Jones

    Jones started his career as a staunch critic of capitalism; his outrage over the Rodney King verdict radicalized him to the point where he declared himself a communist (he has since renounced these views) and actively began protesting police brutality.[18] He later got involved with Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), a collective which “dreamed of a multiracial socialist utopia”. According to former employer Eva Patterson, Jones later “jettisoned his youthful notions and moved on to seek more effective and attainable solutions.”[19] Frustrated keeping coalitions together to make positive social change, Jones “discarded the hostility and antagonism with which he had previously greeted the world, which he said was part of the ego-driven romance of being seen as a revolutionary.” “Before, we would fight anybody, any time,” Jones says of his transformation. “No concession was good enough; we never said ‘Thank you.’ Now, I put the issues and constituencies first. I’ll work with anybody, I’ll fight anybody if it will push our issues forward. … I’m willing to forgo the cheap satisfaction of the radical pose for the deep satisfaction of radical ends”.[18] Jones ended his involvement with STORM (and STORM officially dissolved in December 2002).[20]

    By the late 1990s, Jones began promoting capitalism as he transformed into an environmentally friendly capitalist[citation needed]. He emerged as one of the foremost champions of green business, entrepreneurship and market-based solutions. In his 2008 best seller The Green Collar Economy, Jones contended that invention and investment will take us out of a pollution-based grey economy and into a healthy new green economy.[21] Jones wrote:

    [W]e are entering an era during which our very survival will demand invention and innovation on a scale never before seen in the history of human civilization. Only the business community has the requisite skills, experience, and capital to meet that need. On that score, neither government nor the nonprofit and voluntary sectors can compete, not even remotely.

    So in the end, our success and survival as a species are largely and directly tied to the new eco-entrepreneurs — and the success and survival of their enterprises. Since almost all of the needed eco-technologies are likely to come from the private sector, civic leaders and voters should do all that can be done to help green business leaders succeed. That means, in large part, electing leaders who will pass bills to aid them. We cannot realistically proceed without a strong alliance between the best of the business world —and everyone else.

    • ANSWER:“You are known by the company you keep”. a interesting quote. Just look who Obama surrounds himself with. Oh, and if you really dig, you can find alot of Obama cronies were also Hillary buddies.
  8. QUESTION:Editing my essay grade 10 english help pleassse =(?
    I know this essay is a mess im hoping someone can mabe edit it for me and give me some advice or help changing it. It would mean alot i need to get a good grade for summer school and i am really trying thanks.

    Since 1962 Wal-Mart has given us great products for our money, yet people still bash them for reasons I don’t even know. I have gathered some information from a few online sources such as Wikipedia, and Wal-Mart watch to show that Wal-Mart does a lot of productive things for society as well.

    What isn’t often said is how much Wal-Mart has contributed to our society by offering low prices on a wide array of goods, and easy access to those goods, to consumers. If Wal-Mart were not offering superior value would you shop there? No!

    It’s no secret that Wal-Mart prides itself in being a store that gives back to the community. Given the current economy, how have we stepped up our efforts to help? Wal-Mart does things such as give money and donations to local charities, food banks, like how they give food donations to Neighbor to Neighbor food banks every month hear in Hamilton, or how about how they gave 00 check to a local charities to help raise awareness of homelessness.

    Wal-Mart has taken a step towards being an eco friendly business. It sure is useful to slow down the world and the amount of waste we create. Wal-Mart encourages purchase of their new reusable bags which in itself gets rid of a massive amount of plastic in our landfills. Some Wal-Mart is even powered by wind turbine, and eco friendly roofs. All these little changes have a great affect on our environment.

    What do people say about Wal-Mart? The town destroying, junk purveying, labor abusing, sweatshop supporting. Job killing, soul numbing, seizure-inducing, hope curdling, retailer in the known universe. (Just ask around) Basically when you ask someone what they think about Wal-Mart as a business you get a negative response, I don’t believe Wal-Mart is as bad as we make them out to be.

    I think we tend to give Wal-Mart a hard time for the same reasons we give anything successful a hard time. It’s our need for something to talk about. Our need for drama, and there is no easier target then a big corporation, because we all know there will be mistakes in them. Wal-Mart has a lot negatives, but we know in everything in this world has something negative about it. We need to look at the other side and see how much Wal-Mart actually does for us.

    • ANSWER:Since 1962 Wal-Mart has given us great products, yet people still bash them for reasons I can’t even imagine. I’ve gathered some information from a few online sources such as Wikipedia, and Wal-Mart watch to show that Wal-Mart does a lot of productive things for society as well.

      What isn’t often said is how much Wal-Mart has contributed to our society by offering low prices on a wide array of goods, and easy access to consumers. If Wal-Mart were not offering superior value would you shop there? No!

      It’s no secret that Wal-Mart prides itself in being a store that gives back to the community. Given the current economy, how have we stepped up our efforts to help? Wal-Mart does things such as give donations to local charities, food banks, like how they give food donations to Neighbor food banks every month here in Hamilton.
      They also gave a 00 check to local charities to help the homeless.

      Wal-Mart has taken a step towards being an eco friendly business. It sure is useful to slow down the world’s amount of waste. Wal-Mart encourages purchase of their new reusable bags which in itself gets rid of that massive amount of plastic in our landfills. Some Wal-Mart are even powered by wind turbines, and eco friendly roofs. All these little changes have a great effect on our environment.

      What do people say about Wal-Mart? The town destroying, junk purveying, labor abusing, sweatshop supporting. Job killing, soul numbing, seizure-inducing, hope curdling, retailer in the known universe. (Just ask around) Basically when you ask someone what they think about Wal-Mart as a business you get a negative response, I don’t believe Wal-Mart is as bad as we make them out to be.

      I think we tend to give Wal-Mart a hard time for the same reasons we give anything successful a hard time. It’s our need for something to talk about. Our need for drama, and there is no easier target than a big corporation, because we all know there will make mistakes as every corporation may make. Wal-Mart has a lot of negative aspects, but we know that everything in this world has something negative . We need to look at the other side and see how much Wal-Mart actually does for our society.

      You said everybody hates Wal-Mart..at least in Brazil peole like it….The only bad thing is that some stuff they sell there is way too expensive..anyways, I do like that supermarket!!

  9. QUESTION:does anyone know where i could find…?
    ive been looking for:

    -a necklace with this symbol on it

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3c/Fleur-de-lis-fill.svg/350px-Fleur-de-lis-fill.svg.png

    i want the necklace to be plain silver
    no rinstones
    just plain

    -ive also been looking fo a necklace with a plain silver jesus fish
    like this

    http://www.superchrist.com/images/fish_black.gif

    -and ive been looking for a hoodie with a peace sign on it
    nothing else
    just a peace sign
    the hoodie could be like hot pink, blue, green, anything bright and same goes for the peacesign
    i want the hoodie to be a pullover i dont want it to be zip

    -and ive also been looking for a really cool eco friendly bag like the ones they sell at whole foods, except i wanna know of other places that sell them

    -and also where could i get some really cool colored or patterned clip in extensions (like; lepard print, striped, ect.)

    please and thankyou

    • ANSWER:Im not sure about the jewlery, but i know there are places where you can create your own hoodie like customink.com and spreadshirt.com.

      I found the first jewlery design but its pretty expensive. Its an easy design so im sure you can find it for cheaper.

      http://www.like.com/buy?id=d4352cde847aff080f0eeb66e54fbcd8c71875ec-9321a9d87eed80c0&visig=true&pos=36&ssq=false

      The design is the new orleans saints logo which will make it easier to find

      Jesus fish pendant:

      http://apps.webcreate.com/ecom/catalog/product_listing.cfm?ClientID=76&CategoryFullID=1892

  10. QUESTION:Why has no one recognised the business opportunities that could be gained by using and selling solar power?
    Surely there must be some eco-friendly investor who could invest in solar power in SA? In Germany there are a few churches that have panels on their roofs, and sell the surplus energy to finance themselves, and farmers and private homeowners do it too.

    http://www.yoursolarpowerhome.com/

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy

    Where are the “Richard Bransons” of the world? Are they afraid of God´s power/energy ??

    I wish all South Africans a powerFULL weekend!

    • ANSWER:Good point
      Since we are in Africa and there is lots of sunlight.

      The reason why it had not taken off was because our electricity is the cheapest in the world and solar panels are very expensive here in SA.
      But
      Since our cheap electricity is not reliable it maybe worth while going that route now.

  11. QUESTION:I know this isn’t the right spot but I need yearbook themes? ASAP?
    Hey, I’m in period one yearbook and my teacher wants us to figure out themes for the year book, last years was ‘Hollywood’ (grade nine) and in grade ten was eco-friendly, both themes were super cool and this year in grade eleven. I’m not sure, but they’re looking for a theme that represents our school. Our school name is West Credit Secondary School, and our mascot is a coyote, and our motto is ‘Persue your Passion’ our colours are blue, white and silver (grey.) Here are the themes I got so far.

    1)Laptop Theme- The top and bottom front covers could look like a lap top, and then each page could be like a web page (Wikipedia, Google, Web Crawler etc)
    2)Mystery/ Detective Theme- The front cover could say West Credit Secondary School, “TOP SECRET” in cool font, and then we could use magnify glasses over the captions and sayings.
    3)Travel/ Journey Theme- The front cover could look like an old trunk with stamps, and in between the pages we could probably use like different traveling items for pages, like for grade 12s, we could use a car or airplane or another transportation thing and it could represent them going into the future, and then for grade nines, we could use like a road or sidewalk, cause their basically ‘walking’ to the future.
    4)Fifties Theme- We could get teachers to bring pictures from the fifties of the school and do pictures from this year “before and after”
    5)Music Theme- for each different section we could choose a different theme of music, and put it there (I.E. Sports- Hip Hop Drama- Rap, etc)
    6)TV theme- We could use popular TV shows representing reach grade, club, etc.

    If you got anything tell me, and be SERIOUS, not like the losers on the other webs. I need your brains!

    • ANSWER:The laptop theme sounds like a winner to me. You should go for that one! You could make a section something about the feud between mac and pc too.
  12. QUESTION:Sea Shepherds: Valiant protectors of whales, or high seas pirates?
    If you’ve ever watched the show “Whale Wars” on Animal Planet, you know what I’m talking about. The Sea Shepherds are an organization which travel in ships to the seas around Antarctica and attempt to disrupt Japanese whaling. They don’t just protest. They take actual action. This isn’t “Greenpeace”.

    Their tactics, to be sure, are controversial. They have even gone so far as to have a crew member board a Japanese whaling vessel and attempt to “arrest” the captain.

    So, what do you think about these folks? Are their tactics justifiable? Are they good-guys or eco-pirates?

    In case you need more info:

    Wikki Page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Shepher…

    Sea Shepherds website:

    http://www.seashepherd.org/

    Now, some input from a group not at all friendly to the Sea Shepherds:

    http://www.highnorth.no/library/movement…

    I am sure I will get opinions from both sides of this question, so what I’m really looking for is the answer that best supports the position.

    If you answer that they are valiant heroes, protecting the seas and it’s precious life, then give a good case for believing that. Tell me why I should believe it.

    If you answer that they are pirates and should all be rounded up by which ever navy can catch them first and tossed in the brig, then give a case for that. Convince me.

    I asked this question over in “Conservation” as well, but I’m betting I get a completely different set of answers here.

    • ANSWER:anybody who rams a legitimate commercial vessel because they don’t like the business they are in needs to be jailed. in my opinion such people are nutters with more time on their hands to make mischief than brains.

      their atttacks on unarmed vessels make them terrorists and as such deserve long sentences for piracy on the high seas.

  13. QUESTION:Sea Shepherds: Valiant protectors of whales, or high seas pirates?
    If you’ve ever watched the show “Whale Wars” on Animal Planet, you know what I’m talking about. The Sea Shepherds are an organization which travel in ships to the seas around Antarctica and attempt to disrupt Japanese whaling. They don’t just protest. They take actual action. This isn’t “Greenpeace”.

    Their tactics, to be sure, are controversial. They have even gone so far as to have a crew member board a Japanese whaling vessel and attempt to “arrest” the captain.

    So, what do you think about these folks? Are their tactics justifiable? Are they good-guys or eco-pirates?

    In case you need more info:

    Wikki Page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Shepherd_Conservation_Society

    Sea Shepherds website:

    http://www.seashepherd.org/

    Now, some input from a group not at all friendly to the Sea Shepherds:

    http://www.highnorth.no/library/movements/Sea_Shepherd/se-sh-re.htm

    I am sure I will get opinions from both sides of this question, so what I’m really looking for is the answer that best supports the position.

    If you answer that they are valiant heroes, protecting the seas and it’s precious life, then give a good case for believing that. Tell me why I should believe it.

    If you answer that they are pirates and should all be rounded up by which ever navy can catch them first and tossed in the brig, then give a case for that. Convince me.

    • ANSWER:I understand what the Sea Shepherds want to do – they want to stop something they view as immoral. I get that, but from a purely legal standpoint, they are vigilantes. They are not law enforcement, and on top of that, the Japanese aren’t *technically* doing anything illegal. (Yes, they are exploiting a loop-hole in an international treaty, but it’s still legal.) So yeah, strictly speaking, by interfering with a legal activity on the open sea with violent action makes them pirates. When they attempt to board and ‘arrest’ somebody, that also makes them kidnappers.

      Also, the Japanese have traditionally hunted whales for food. It’s a part of their culture. I know times have changed and it’s probably not necessary for them to have to do it anymore, but they are a sovereign nation. Nobody has the right to dictate to them how they should feed themselves – and it’s not like Japan has a huge amount of land to raise cattle/whatever.

      The Japanese harvest is limited to a set amount of minke whales, a species that’s not exactly on the verge of extinction. I would understand the Sea Shepard’s stance more if whaling was still a huge problem in the world – like it was still at the levels we saw during the 19th century. The fact is, few countries do large-scale whaling nowadays, and Japan is one of those handful of nations.