Buy a shirt, plant a seed with ecological fashion: The Virginian-Pilot

Earth Day is around the corner, so let’s think about what we can do to save the earth.

I’m not talking about shocking ideas. I’ll be completely honest with you: I won’t invest time and energy in a rain barrel or composting leftover food. I’m also too lazy to wash a reusable straw. I truly applaud those who do what they can with these sustainable efforts.

However, I do little little things every day to invest in our planet. For example, I don’t waste food. I am a proud member of the clean plate club and will be eating leftovers for three days. I’m a master of reusing every bite of leftover food into another meal.

Unfortunately my children don’t share the same passion. This is quite evident when I see a soggy bowl of half-eaten cereal in the kitchen sink or a piece of a cereal bar tucked into a sofa cushion. The worst offense is to find half-empty water bottles scattered around the courtyard.

The inner accumulator and the artist in me will save pretty much anything for the purpose of recycling. When my creative brain intersects with my thrifty side, it can cause a disorganized mess. Of course, I have too many piles of things in the garage destined for an art project that will never happen, like the remains of disassembled gift boxes.

I am constantly reusing many items in my home to help with housework. Old T-shirts are the best dust rags, used towels are used for car washing, and plastic grocery bags are the perfect size for weeding.

I’ve always been good at recycling my children’s clothes at friends or thrift stores. All my children have discovered the treasures found in consignment shops. My daughter is the most efficient at laundering clothes and she will turn the pants that no longer fit into cute shorts. She also took old T-shirts and made them trendy again with a fringed or crop look.

Recently, I came across another way to save the planet when I bought some clothes. This bright and trendy idea struck me.

Rigged For Sea is a clothing brand focused on watermen and outdoor activities, while featuring limited edition art pieces. The brand created by Great Neck resident Jonah Avillanoza offers a creative and responsible solution for maintaining an ecological footprint.

He designed a tag on garments made with post-consumer paper. Each biodegradable label is embedded with flower seeds and has planting instructions printed on them. A natural jute twine connects the garment to the label. The tags can be planted in the ground, watered and will start growing within 7-15 days.

“I thought about how many times we throw tags off clothing items,” Avillanoza said. “As an environmentalist at heart, I thought this was a creative solution. If I can’t hit the price per unit to go 100% green, I’d like to make a small impact until I can do something bigger. “

Avillanoza said it hopes to inspire its customers to think about eco-friendly solutions, so they can enjoy doing what they love outdoors.

Head over to her Instagram, Facebook or to check out this eco-friendly clothing line.

So, the Rigged For Sea clothing brand just offered us another small and trendy way to save the planet. You can enjoy your new trendy strands while also admiring the new flowers in your garden.

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