What we choose to wear has implications beyond just our appearance. The fabrics that our garments are made from; their origins, and how we clean and care for them, all have impact on our planet. Love your Duds. Keep your family and your planet healthy. • Approach new fabrics with skeptical enthusiasm. Bamboo, for instance, sounds great: It’s a fast-growing plant, not reliant on chemicals, and beautifully drapes the human form. The trouble is, bamboo plantations can displace native forests, and harvesting and fiber processing are often polluting and unregulated. • Beware of Dry Cleaning. Though the industry is much-improved since 1992, there is still a high likelihood that your trusty corner cleaner uses tetrachloroethylene, a known carcinogen. See if there is a local green cleaner employing “wet cleaning” or liquid CO2 techniques. Many articles whose tags ask for the dry clean treatment can actually be hand washed, especially silk, wool and linen. • Wash with care. Wait until you have a full load, turn the clothes inside out and use the lowest water temperature possible. Choose phosphate-free and biodegradable detergents and line dry as much as possible. Treat stains quickly with nontoxic removers. • Find another use. Designers all over the globe have taken on this challenge in recent years, with very wearable results. Even turning old T-shirts into rags is better than tossing them. • Whatever you’ve chosen to wear, take good care of it. Learn how to sew on a button or hem a pair of pants. <a href="http://www.myyogaonline.com/about-us/authors/kreg-weiss-b-hkin">Kreg Weiss</a> is a co-founder of <a href="/">My Yoga Online</a> and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.
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With an extensive background in anatomy and physiology, Kreg Weiss is not only a certified Yoga Teacher but is also certified in Kinesiology (Exercise Science). Every single one of his classes integrates a purposeful, meditative quality, which allows an experience of connection and mental reflection - all while the body explores expansion and renewal. Following several successful years of venturing in the wellness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness trainer, and national competitive athlete, Kreg Weiss received his certification in yoga in 2002. He feels privileged to be able to empower his students with practices that are educational and engaging, all while being accessible. Soon after becoming an teacher, Weiss decided to expand his knowledge of the human body at University of British Columbia where he studied both Kinesiology and Health Sciences. In 2004, Kreg Weiss? passion for yoga led him to co-create MyYogaOnline.com, allowing him to share his love of yoga with people around the globe. Through integrity-driven classes, Weiss aims to provide students with the tools they need in order to pursue a one of a kind, confident practice, where asanas, pranayama, and meditation interact collectively to rejuvenate and heal the body and mind.