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Picture Yourself Going Green: Step-by-Step Instruction for Living a Budget-Conscious, Earth-Friendly Lifestyle in Eight Weeks or Less by Erinn Morgan

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Chapter 7. Week Five: Green Your Wardrobe

Week Five: Green Your Wardrobe

How green is your clothing? ©istockphoto.com/Joshua Blake

WHETHER YOU VIEW IT AS UTILITARIAN and functional or a creative expression of your own individual style, clothing is a necessity for most Americans. It also happens to be big business. According to the NPD Group, sales of apparel in 2007 were nearly $200 billion, a number that continues to grow over the years, including a 3 percent jump in sales since 2006.

Who is spending all this cash for clothing? Women’s apparel accounted for just over half of the clothing sold last year, while men’s duds rang in less than 30 percent of sales. Sales of kids’ clothing ...

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