June 23, 2010

Review: Alchemist Threadworks Sustainable Clothing. ~ Katie Feldhaus

Sustainable shirts, what a concept. We are all about being Eco-conscious why not wear it on our sleeves? Alchemist Threadworks is helping us do just that. Their mission is to protect the outdoor world by creating sustainable clothing that looks sharp, feels great and respects the Earth and her inhabitants.

Alchemist is featuring a new line of sustainable style clothing for men and women. The women’s collection, which I have been sporting, is made of 100 percent organic cotton and men’s collection is a blend of 50 percent transitional organic cotton and 50 percent recycled plastic bottles.

The clothing is aimed toward us outdoor enthusiasts. Alchemist originated in Boulder and reflects the local lifestyle widespread among Eco-minded people, climbers, cyclists, runners…etc.

They have a variety of option of Eco-friendly apparel. I have worn mine biking around Boulder and have gotten several compliments on just the style, without people even knowing how good it is for the environment. I got the Alchemist Tree T-shirt featuring the bright, blue Alchemist Tree logo off-centered and subtly wrapped. My Tee is 100 percent Organic ring-spun cotton, Itch-free, tag less labels and is printed with Phthalate-free inks. The all certified as organic cotton has strict guidelines that Alchemist meets, including use of untreated, non-GMO seed, pesticide and herbicide free growth and the use of dyes and treatments that conform to organic processing standards.

The prints have creative logos and phrases, like TV sucks. Ride your Bike or I like Boys, I like Bikes. I like Boys who like Bikes. But my favorite part about Alchemist clothing is not only the style and comfort, but their innovation. The design, screen printing and tags all occur within five miles of each other for minimal carbon impact.

The tags are not your ordinary tags, they are plantable seeded tags. You can just throw the tag in the ground to plant some sort of vegetation. Bloomin’ is the tag brand and is local as well.  I give this Eco-conscious clothing company two thumbs up for sustainability and style.

Check out Alchemist Blog for upcoming info.

Katie Feldhaus is a News & Editorial Journalism student at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is an editorial intern at elephantjournal.com. She is currently living in Boulder and is a Colorado native, who loves being active and doing anything outside.

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