Green like money, green like fashion: some "did-you-knows" from my last summer business class

My summer bummer is done-r!

Final minutes of summer school have come and passed; my UGBA 100 Business Communication class (one of the two classes the 200+ new Haas undergrads were required to take) ended at 10pm today, after we tacked on a 30-minute potluck partay to our usual class time.

And boy, did we deserve it! For the past two weeks, I've sat through over 35 five-minute individual presentations and six 25-minute group presentations, about business topics covering just about everything: from green energy initiatives in China, to exploitation of student athletes by colleges, to basics of indie film investing, to Roth IRAs, to the 1970s Pet Rock phenom -- BARE's own Ashley Nucera, also a biz ad major, gave that delightful presentation on the ridiculous(ly smart) marketing genius that is the pet rock... if you don't know what I'm talking about, click here to get... the dirt (get it?) on that sensation.

Usually, I didn't think to write on the BARE blog about any of these, but today, one presentation was all about green fashion, so I wrote down a lot of fun stats and facts to post up for you. Did you know...

... there are 1/3 lb. of pesticides in every t-shirt? That means every three tees in your closet have a whole water bottle full of pesticides! Say what?!

... every year the average American throws away 68 lbs. of clothing? That's 20 times the weight of a college textbook.

... that new clothes smell I usually love so much is actually formaldehyde and urea? Reaction should be: ew.

... Patagonia can turn water bottles into polyester shirts?

... Walmart, despite their often horrible reputation, actually started selling organic cotton in 2005?

... and, is now the biggest buyer of organic cotton?

... of course, that Patagonia beats Walmart in organic goods? Patagonia started to selling organic cotton in 1995, and went all-organic by the next year.

... Levi's takes denim scraps from the floors of their Albuquerque manufacturing plant and sends it to a paper company to be made into stationary for the Levi's headquarters? So that's where Miss Levi's jeans went...

And, ps, BARE featured fashion's "greening" in its second issue from this spring; you can find that

1 comment:

  1. Whoa... for once WalMart gets points in my book.

    PS I love the photo on this post. I feel some woman probably already has a similar tattoo.