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Excuse me, is that a plastic bottle you're wearing?

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

On Mondays here at the Shopping and Fashion Blog we bring you all things green. Today we feature an eco-friendly t-shirt unlike any you’ve owned.

Muse of Oak Park (106 N. Marion Street) has thoughtfully selected a great wardrobe staple fashioned from sustainable textiles and unforeseen materials.

I love the unexpected. Welcome is a surprising twist during my vacation plans, in a plot while reading a book, and especially in my wardrobe basics.

Hooray for contrasting stitching in an unanticipated hue, raw edging on a meticulously crafted piece, a zipper in a burst of rebel color. And what about an unforeseen recycled ingredient in a garment, like reused plastic bottles?

Muse brings us Threads 4 Thought. The line features soft, lightweight tops including a draped neckline tee in heather grey with an all over burnout arrow print made from organic cotton and recycled polyester fashioned from, yes, salvaged plastic bottles. There’s also a cute, cropped v-neck tee with a slouch pocket in tarragon: a great layering piece!

Plastic bottles are being diverted from our landfills, converted into hip apparel, and then proceeds are donated to two charity organizations.

That’s less waste in our landfills, two great charities, and one durable tee!

From our friends at Threads 4 Thought:

Style is more than what we wear. At Threads for Thought sustainable fabrics are used such as organic cotton and polyester recycled from plastic water bottles to create clothing that is comfortable, beautiful, and socially conscious; then we donate a portion of our proceeds to charity.  What we wear is as important as what our clothes are made of, and where and how they are put together.

Eric Fleet and Leigh Ivan founded Threads for Thought in 2006 while they were still in college.  Their foundation is the belief that we should be responsible world citizens and positive contributors to a sustainable future.  They create clothing from sustainable materials, build factories that respect their employees, sell clothing that is affordable, and pursue quality above all else.

Threads 4 Thought partners with two leading charities that address two of the world's most counfounding issues: safeguarding the environment and providing advocacy to refugees, the displaced citizend of the world. International Rescue Committee ( and the National Resource Defense Council ( benefit with each purchase of these sustainable products.  

Style can't be traded for sustainability, nor can sustainability be traded for style.  At Threads for Thought they know that neither is exclusive, and work to lead the world in both.


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Stop back next Monday for another green find from a local, indie shop! Until then, I’ll see you around town and in the shops!

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David Hammond from  

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 10:31 AM

Recycling logo would be much preferable to the designer's logo/company brand (though I do like the Brooks Brothers golden sheep which looks a lot like a pig and got me many compliments at Baconfest).

Christina Pippin from  

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 9:24 AM

@Dave: I like this idea! It would make shopping a lot easier if garments featured the recycling triangle on tags. Sustainable bloomers can be found right here in town, actually, at Baubo's Garden in Forest Park.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: June 21st, 2011 6:17 PM

Does this mean I'll be able to get one of those cool recycling triangle logos on my knickers? ;)

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