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When dressing for winter, be kind to the environment.

Getting new winter gear (especially if it's petroleum-based fleece, nylon and polyester) creates more demand for petrochemicals and then more landfill waste when the items get thrown away. There are, however, more Earth-friendly alternatives.

Buying from and giving to resale shops always helps lower your carbon footprint. But if you want new winter wear, consider clothing made from eco-friendly resources such as bamboo, organic cotton, sustainably harvested wool and hemp. Some winter garments also feature charcoal (as a moisture wicker) derived from coconut husks and bamboo. Although down feathers are a renewable resource, some people are not comfortable with the way the feathers are harvested.

Fleece, nylon and polyester clothing is also being produced from recycled or partially recycled polyester.

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