Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Cheap Organic Clothes

Whenever possible, I buy clothes that are 100% cotton. They are soft, cozy, and breathable. Plus, after Caleb was born I found out that he is very sensitive to synthetics like polyester--he'll break out in a bright red rash if his skin rubs against them too much.

But did you know that it takes about 1/3 of a pound of toxic pesticides and fertilizers to produce the cotton for a single t-shirt? (See here, here, and here for just a few stats.) These toxins are getting into our water sources and causing cancer and other awful problems.

The answer, of course, is to buy organic clothing, but it has traditionally been very expensive. Now there's hope! My thoughts on WalMart overall are pretty mixed, but they do a great job at incorporating organic clothing and accessories into their mix.

If you search their store online for "organic cotton", you get 164 results! They carry all sorts of CHEAP organic cotton items. We're talking about $10 for a 2-pack of baby blankets, or $4 for tank tops like the one below.

But wait, there's more! This month at WalMart (in stores and online), they have some cute Earth Day inspired organic cotton t-shirts for all ages from $4-8. Woo hoo! I bought several last week (like the one pictured below).

I think WalMart is about to get more of my business. (Plus, for those looking for an even better deal, walmart.com participates in Bank of America's Add it Up program, so you can get 4% cash back on your purchases.)

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