How naked bike rides make cyclists safer + green your wardrobe = the hottest picks in the world of green

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How crazy (and naked) bike rides make cyclists safer
The numbers are in. This year’s World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) in Portland, Oregon drew more than 9,000 riders, a more than 10% increase from last year’s ride. Part of Portland’s celebrated Pedalpalooza (a month of seriously wacky bike events), the Naked Bike ride attracts lots of attention, as well as some criticism from drivers offended by the nudity and/or the inability to drive across town during the ride. Along with the fun, however, is serious intent to promote and increase cycling. Read the full story on Treehugger now…


How to green your wardrobe
Green fashion is the newest frontier in sustainable living. There are amazing, amazing innovative fabrics happening right now that are available on the market, like fabric made from corn; soy cashmere made from excess from the food production world, which is just as luxe and supple and traditional cashmere. There is coconut shell fabric; there’s bamboo which is microbal, which helps you sweat. There are organic fibers, there’s linen which is actually flax seed which takes a lot less water to grow; and microfiber, which is an amazing alternative to leather as well as wax canvas. And this video from GirlyGirl Army is all you need for a crash course in sustainable fashion…


Meet the sisters who put the rad in radical vintage
The Drakeford sisters (main image, right) didn’t start thrifting because it was the environmentally friendly thing to do. They just had a fashionable reputation to keep up in Oakland, and vintage threads were affordable, unique, and helped them stand out. And so three years ago, Dominique, together with her sister Jazmyne, started a semi-annual community thrift sale in Oakland. The pair brings bags of their own clothes to a youth center in East Oakland. They put reasonable price tags on the threads — from $1 to $15 — and donate a portion of the proceeds to a program that helps send East Oakland youth to college. Find out more on Grist now…


frankensteinHere comes the science bit…

GC articles show you a few ways (the ones in bold) to live greener…

/ Be a winner (not a binner) /
/ Turn up the style (not the heat) /
/ Love the trend (not the spend) /
/ Do it in public (not the car/plane) /


Drakeford sisters image: Drake Natutal Facebook. All other images: PA Images

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