Elroy Apparel is a beautiful, simple and sustainable line of clothing created by Leanne McElroy. Leanne has been creating one-of-a-kind garments since the tender age of 13, and is now an amazingly talented designer as well as a devout vegan and a passionate environmentalist. All of the clothing included in her Elroy line are made from organic fibers, mostly the super fiber, bamboo and organic cotton.
Organic material is most popular with yoga and other active wear, and extremely hard to find in designer clothing. Luckily Elroy’s sleek contemporary style is not only good for your image, but good for the rest of the world as well.
Since the skin is the most absorbent tissue on our body it is important that our clothing is made from materials that do not contain harsh chemicals. Whats the difference between typical materials and organics? I thought you would never ask. Here is the lowdown from Elroy’s site:
- Conventional cotton is the 2nd most pesticide laden crop in the world
- Organic cotton is not sprayed with any toxic chemicals or fertilizers. In turn, our soils stay fertile, our water remains drinkable and carbon dioxide emissions – which contribute heavily to global warming – are lowered.
- It takes 1/3 of a pound of pesticides to grow enough conventional cotton for a single t-shirt
- Chemicals do not wash out of fabrics – because our skin is our primary organ for absorption, our wellness depends on what we put in and on ourselves
- 4 of the top 9 pesticides used on cotton are classified as cancer-causing chemicals
- Chemicals currently being used were originally developed as toxic nerve agents during WWII
- An estimated 75% of crop dusters miss the cotton crops entirely, contaminating entire farming regions
- In California, farmers can no longer use leftover leaves and stems of cottonseed crops to feed their livestock – they are now deemed unsafe due to heavy pesticide spraying
- 2/3 of cotton crops creep into our food chain – cottonseed oil makes its way into our salad dressings and baked goods, while raw cottonseed is fed to beef and dairy cattle
- Soft, comfortable and more breathable than cotton
- Fast drying, moisture wicking and thermal regulating (cool in summer, warm in winter)
- Inherently organic because it is grown without the use of pesticides or fertilizers
- 100% Biodegradable
- Nature’s most renewable resource