Living with a saint must be pure hell. Then again, it might just take one to live with one. Consider the living conditions of Rachelle Carson, wife of actor and environmentalist extraordinaire Ed Begley Jr. as she co-stars with her husband in the reality series "Living With Ed."
While her life is not exactly the dichotomy of "Green Acres," poor Rachelle is neither as dedicated nor as open-minded to changing her life to save the planet as is Ed. But that's not to say she isn't greener than the rest of us - and that's not just after she samples some of Ed's cooking from his solar oven, either. Rachelle is turning into one of the more stylish purveyors of environmentalism. Which got us thinking: Being fashionable and eco-friendly need not be mutually exclusive.
Though it feels like an outright lie to call Ed fashionable, his love of Mother Earth has spurred plenty of other like-minded individuals. And in recent years, companies have taken notice of a broader portion of the population looking to do their part. Under the Canopy, for example, produces stylish clothing that is organic and Ed-friendly. The company coined the term ECOfashion in 1996 and has dedicated itself to using organic and natural fabrics in its line - meaning the cloth that touches your skin has not been exposed to pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, which in turn reduces contamination of our water, air and environment as a whole.
But don't think for a moment that you have to end up looking like Woody Harrelson or a Phish groupie, head to toe in rough-woven hemp. Under the Canopy makes virtually anything the fashion- and eco-conscious individual could want: tank tops, T-shirts, sweaters, jackets, skirts, dresses, loungewear, robes and more. And its newly launched 108 line takes earth-friendly style to another level with beautiful camisoles, blouses, jackets and skirts in a variety of colors. The colors are made using low-impact dyes and methods, which produce only 5 percent toxic runoff into the environment compared to the traditional 50 to 60 percent. They also use color-grown cotton, clay dyes and organic plant dyes such as oregano and bilberry.
The fabric itself is made from organic denim, organic cotton, angora, soy, bamboo, flax, wool, hemp, silk, Tencel and other nonsynthetic fibers. The company does admit to using less than 10 percent Lycra in some of its items, but until a natural alternative can be found, Lycra is still the best way to extend the life of clothing.
In addition, Under the Canopy has a wide array of products for the home such as towels, duvets, blankets and sheets. Check out the choices for yourself. Rachelle has Ed pedaling the bicycle generator as we speak so she can power up the computer.