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  • blissfulseed 3:50 on April 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Green packaging options for organic t-shirts 

    The other day I was thinking about how to be more efficient with packaging for the organic t-shirts.  At first, I thought of using the cylinder Quaker oats packaging but then I thought well, I may need special permission.   Maybe I will pursue that route but that may need some more researching and planning because I really do want to work with big companies that promote well-being.  Who better than Quaker Oats, huh?

    Well, then, I read the Celebrating Earth Day with Eco-Friendly Crafty Ideas.  I really enjoyed the suggestion about the Angry Chicken and how unrelated women came together to remake vintage clothing.  Then, I came across the Recycle Grocery Bags into Eco Packaging.  Brilliant!  It’s so practical and nifty. We, at Blissful Seed, are starting small so that is very accessible for our company.  We want to pride ourselves on making the least carbon footprint not just for Earth day but every day.

     
    • Linda 3:50 on April 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Elizabeth, thanks for your comments on my tutorial. You asked if I just accumulate the bags – I do. This is the funny thing: my husband does most of the grocery shopping for us and he never remembers to bring the re-usable bags, so he ends up with quite a load of paper sacks from Whole Foods. When I open the kitchen pantry they spill out on my head. That’s why I decided to start making those nifty sewn envelopes.
      cheers,
      Linda

      • blissfulseed 3:50 on April 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Linda,

        Thanks so much for your comment regarding those nifty green methods for packaging. That’s great you have the resources to turn those shopping bags into something so practical and good for people and of course, good for the environment. Sustainable practices are very important to follow through in my organic apparel business especially that I am starting out and everything. Very smart, and congrats on your sustainable methods. I hope to model after you with our sustainable practices as well.

        Hope you are well,
        Elizabeth

  • blissfulseed 3:50 on April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Local versus Organic 

    That’s the trouble with too many choices…sometimes you have to make do with a combination of both.  I really enjoyed reading about the apple blueberry honey yogurt ginger tart recipe and the difficulty choosing between local and organic in the blog organic or local.   I think why not have both? Maybe San Fran is the mecca for food.  But hey, we can’t all live there.

    But that’s what we are trying to focus on at Blissful Seed except not with food.  We want to provide organic t-shirts for local people within the U.S. Our mission includes to provide original art work design on organic cotton tees and to keep the carbon footprint as minimal as possible.  We select suppliers close to the Midwest and do all of our finishing product with people within that vicinity.  And finally, they ship the product to Chicago where it’s still 40 degrees in April.  

    We are new and launching in May but we are hopeful that people can see our efforts and vision behind remaining as “organic” as possible because if you have a product that’s 100% organic but the carbon footprint is miles away in let’s say India, (the leading country in organic cotton) how “organic” is your product?  

    So when you see a local and organic product, you can think of Blissful Seed and think of supporting both local and organic products.  Let me go make that apple blueberry honey yogurt ginger tart in the name of local and organic.  I just have to find the ingredients first in this rainy 40 degree weather.

     
  • blissfulseed 3:50 on April 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Organic cotton? 5 ways it helps the earth and people. 

    Here are the 5 ways you are helping the earth and people when you buy organic cotton:

    1) It helps the soil retain more water. How? Organic cotton builds strong soil through crop rotation (growing more types of crops in one area).  That means not all the crops are mono crops which can cause  a significant loss of water in the soil.   Organic cotton soil retains more water efficiently thanks to increased organic matter in the soil.

    2) Use of untreated seeds.  Organic cotton never uses GMOs (genetically modified organism) seeds.

    3) It maintains a balance  between “pests” and their natural predators through healthy soil.  Organic cotton farmers use beneficial insects like lady bugs to control pests.  Also, biological and cultural methods are used to steer pests away as a natural repellent. 

    4) Organic farming does NOT use any pesticides and insecticides.  If you use organic cotton, you don’t have to think about the 1/3 (one-third) of a pound of pesticides and fertilizers used to produce enough cotton for one t-shirt.   

    5) Due to no use of any pesticides or insecticides, none of the farmers will get sick or exposed to the toxics.  The EPA considers seven out of the 15 pesticides used in conventional cotton are classified “likely”, “probable”  known as as human carcinogens.

    There is a lot you can do just by wearing an organic cotton t-shirt.  Support organic cotton farming.

     
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