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Organic Summer Tunics: Good for You and the Planet

by Elke Erschfeld

Tunics are the ultimate summer wardrobe staple since they double as beach cover-ups and pretty tops. During the day they protect your skin from harmful sun exposure on the beach, and in the evenings you can pair them with leggings for a summery look. It’s even better if they are made of organic cotton, like Yala’s block print tunics, that are gentle on the planet as well. The graphic fabrics have a unique, handmade look that reflects a human touch since they are block-printed by artisans in India. Each color and pattern requires a new block carved by hand. The colors for printing are derived from minerals, plants and Azo-free dyes.

Yala has been committed to create eco-friendly clothes through the use of natural fibers like organic bamboo viscose, organic cotton and silk. All of the bamboo and cotton used in their garments is OEKO-TEX certified and certified organic. OEKO-TEX certification screens for harmful substances found in textiles. This guarantees the safety of fabrics as well as dyes, and ensures that environmentally friendly production methods are used. Yala’s tunic options include the Organic Cotton Gwen Tunic that comes in many different patterns and colors such as black and sand chevron, or mandarin and red ikat. It has a gathered yoke with ¾ sleeves and a keyhole opening in the back. Then there’s the Organic Isla Cotton Tunic that’s slightly fitted with a v-shaped opening in the neckline.

According to Yala’s website shipping generates over 10% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. That’s why the company partners with Green Shipping to offset all their inbound and outbound shipments. Through this service businesses and individuals can send packages in a carbon-neutral manner. Even as a consumer you can sign up with them and offset your shipments with UPS, FedEx and USPS. It’s a great alternative to the occasions when you can’t buy locally. Green Shipping uses your shipment’s tracking number to determine the route, mode of transportation and weight to calculate the carbon generated. You can then purchase a carbon offset to make your shipment carbon-neutral and fund the development of renewable energy. That’s pretty cool for eco-savvy shoppers. Thanks to Yala for the introduction!

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