Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Two Little Ways to Make a Big Difference

Did you know that it takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow the cotton to make one pair of jeans? And then, in the manufacturing process, something like an additional 11 gallons are used. This interesting interactive page goes into detail about the whole process (it's by Levi Strauss, who are making strides to green up the blue jeans manufacturing process). By going to Levis.com and entering WaterLess in the search engine you can find jeans that have been manufactured using less water.

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OR, you could go to a thrift store and buy a used pair of jeans. You are placing no burden on the planet, probably spending about $80 less than you would on a good pair of Levis (and you could just find a great pair of Levis, or Sevens, or whatever), and getting jeans that could just be perfectly worn in.

How's this for irony? That plastic bottle that holds your bottled water used 1.85 gallons of water in its manufacturing process. The solution here is simple: great reusable water bottles are everywhere and tap water is just as good as bottled in many cases.

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These cute personalized water bottles are $24 on etsy

17 comments:

April Thomas said...

Hi following you back from Hayden Coupon Mom!

Jamie said...

Great ideas! My last two pair of jeans came from consignment shops. I was able to afford designer jeans and best of all they were already broken in.

Char said...

yeah the whole bottled water thing kills me - i buy a brita pitcher and make my own

Sonia Florian said...

Thanks so much for finding my "Wonder World" and for following! Now following you back. And you're on my blog roll, so I don't miss any new post :). Your family looks AMAZING! Congrats for having them all and keeping them together. I think a family is the greatest blessing and gift in the world.

Cheers,
Sonia

Michelle said...

Love these tips!

Sharon said...

I don't wear jeans and use recycled glass 20 oz. juice/iced tea bottles for water to take to the office every day. Water tastes so much better out of glass than plastic or metal. (You just need to be careful not to drop it.) I bet some crafty person could make felted cozies that might even protect them when dropped.

Corinne said...

Those really are super cute...

t does wool said...

you make me smile ;)

Jen said...

Thanks for the very worthwhile tips! I drove by fields of cotton last year and it was one of the first times I've ever stopped to think about what happens when it's picked.

{jami @ i m a g i n e} said...

Hello! New follower! Loving these hops!

XO - Jami
i m a g i n e

The Country Cook said...

I live a few miles from the World's Largest Denim manufacturing plant..aka Cotton Mill.

Driving past it a few times a week, I often wonder how environmentally loving it is there..

Great to read this post as they do manufacture the denim for Levis.

mymy said...

recycling is wonderful! lets you save a lot, too! :)

thanks so much for following, have also followed you back through gfc.
enjoy the rest of the day!

mymy
My bric-a-brac

Stacy Rajab said...

Those bottles are awesome! Thanks for sharing!! New follower:)

caremikenluisa said...

Friend, although we live in different countries, yet we feel what you feel - freedom of expression through PBS. We live in democratic countries and therefore believe in freedom with responsibilities, too.

We follow you now. Thank you very much for following us, too, and making yourself felt. We hope "more" better blogs in the near near future - yours and ours.

Sincerely,
Mike n Luisa
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Brooke said...

I love your blog! Thank you for visiting my blog today. I am following you back :-)

Brooke
http://theintentionalmomma.blogspot.com/

Aimee from Classified: Mom said...

Following you back. My jeans are beyond green- I have had the same 2 pairs for 5 years!

Blogger Broadcast said...

I knew someone was going to make them! I have been writing our names on the water bottles. Guys are hard to train@

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