Most of you may know my daughter will turn 2 this coming Sunday, April 22nd and as a family trying to be more green and Eco-friendly we wanted to celebrate the fact her birthday falls on Earth Day. So I began to think of ways to make the event not only special but also more earth friendly and look at ways to help educate the children and parents that would be attending the party.
Right here on the Seacoast of New Hampshire is a company called EARTHTEC that is doing just that. EARTHTEC converts landfill-bound bottles into extraordinary, high-performance fabrics made from post-consumer recycled polyethylene terephthalate plastics, or recycled PET. In addition they use organic cotton and wool blending these earth friendly fibers into dresses with incredible drape, jackets with urban street cred, and accessories that no one would know were made from such responsible fabrics. In fact EARTHTEC’s motto is: The Style of Sustainability.
The majority of EARTHTEC‘s garments are made with recycled PET (post consumer water bottles). The world consumes over 140 billion bottles a year and the US uses around 40 billion, or 28% of that total number. Approximately 80% of those bottles go un-recycled and it takes approximately 12 bottles to make an EARTHTEC garment. By giving those bottles a second life, they are being diverted from a landfill and helping preserve our planet.
In addition to clothing and accessories, EARTHTEC‘s CEO Dennis Randall (and illustrated by his wife Victoria) created a book series , Cow and Frog, for children to help educate them on the importance of recycling. Each book takes the children through daily eco- adventures on an organic farm while driving home important lessons about what we can all do to better protect our planet. A new adventure book will come out about every two months with 12 in total. Each book has a different eco theme with eco facts and is printed on 100% recycled post consumer paper and printed with soy inks by an FSC certified printer.
Eco-Facts in Cow and Frog: Eco Pals
- People on earth use over 4,000 bottles per second or over 400 million per day.
- 80% of the bottles go un-recycled and end up in landfills
- Takes over 1,000 years for a bottle to biodegrade
- The average white cotton tee shirt uses approximately 1/3 pound of chemicals and pesticides to make
- The same shirt in organic cotton uses little to no chemicals or pesticides
First I’d like to say I love supporting local companies. It helps boost our economy and keep our community employed. Second I LOVE eco-friendly companies because they are making a conscience effort to help preserve our planet. I personally love EARTHTEC’s clothing and it was one of the reasons I contacted them. We have received a few of their hats from UNH Athletic events (see EARTHTEC’s press page on how they are getting involved) and also a few shirts for the girls and truly love their products. If you are looking for small ways to help the environment check out EARTHTEC and simply replacing one shirt purchase with one of their products helps save 12 bottles from going to the landfill. And that, in my opinion, is worth every penny.
Disclaimer: The Centsible Family was provided eight Cow and Frog: Eco Pals books for free to use at Cailan’s Earth Day Celebration Birthday Party in exchange for a review. All opinions are honest and true and no other compensation was given. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.
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