A Greener Indiana

Everybody can do something to make a greener Indiana

Be forewarned I am ranting.

If anyone thinks just because someone is overweight means we are not going to want to be part of the greening of our society they are looking at the world in a discriminative lens.

For the last two years, I have attended the Chicago Green Festival put on by Green America and Global Exchange. The 2008 event I was in awe at number of vendors in the convention hall. I was fascinated by clothing I saw there and then was quickly disappointed by the fact that very few vendors carried any sizes beyond an XL, if any at all. 2009 brought about that same disappointment.

I am a woman of size. I remember the days of having to buy adult sized women's clothing to fit my hips when I was still a pre-teen. Fortunately girls and women of all ages and sizes, now have multiple stores dedicated to larger fashion. I have been buying socks made from bamboo at one of those stores.

Back to the point, I felt discriminated against. Several booths of clothing I saw very unique t-shirt made of great organic cotton or some recycled material, I got excited. "Oh, I like that shirt, what size ranges do you carry?" Their response, "The largest size we carry is XL." (I asked what ranges not what size you think I wear.) or my least favorite and most discriminating, "we don't carry *your* size."

The green movement is finally becoming mainstream. Americans are an overweight society. Hoosiers are one of the worst states with an obesity issue. I want Hoosiers and all Americans to eat better, and make better sustainable choices, but if someone does not seize the opportunity to clothe the overweight population in organic or recycled materials, someone is missing a segment of the market place.

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Comment by Julia Gorrell on May 28, 2009 at 4:49pm
I was ranting because there seemed to be a lack of availablity so buyers have an option to make better decisions. I thank you for the links! That helps.
Comment by Mrs. Cara Dafforn on May 28, 2009 at 1:04pm
The Blue Chip Standard for is Eddie Bauer http://www.eddiebauer.com/EB/Women but a more touching merchant of Organic clothing for women of size is Rawganique.com is a human-scale family business c0-founded in 2000 by Thammarath "Touch" Jamikorn & Klaus Wallner on Denman Island. Rawganique offers sustainable products that are pure and sweatshop-free for women of size.

Are you ranting for a manufacturer or for the buyers to make better decisions?

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