Back to Basics


by the Rodale’s team

You cook with organic food. You primp with natural beauty products. You rock fair-trade jewelry. But what about the basics? Sometimes we forget that everything we spend money on matters. It’s not just the big things we purchase that send a message; it’s everything we buy. To make a true difference, we have to vote with our wallets every day and we’ve got to get back to basics.

So the next time you’re at a store and think it doesn’t really matter where that dress was produced or what material that T-shirt is made out of, remember that every purchase, every dollar, every chemically produced thread counts. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five of our favorite (affordable!) organic basics to help you make a difference from the tank top up!

1.  Organic V-Neck Tee ($12)


Your new favorite V-neck tee (which comes in 10 colors!) is cut from ultrasoft organic cotton for a perfect, easy, laid-back fit that’s sure to be a warm-weather must-have. Plus, Threads 4 Thought donates 10% of the sale of each shirt to support New Roots, a program that helps refugees become self-sufficient and contribute to their new home through community gardening, nutrition education, and small-business farming.

2. Organic Scoop-Neck Tee ($12) E001841_K13_A_1

Same deal as Threads 4 Thought’s V-Neck Tee with a must-have scoop-neck design instead. This shirt comes in 13 beautiful, organic colors and is made using materials that are manufactured in the most sustainable manner possible.

3. Basic Tank ($10)


This relaxed-fit tank top comes in three colors and is cut from the softest blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester. It’s a season staple that’s perfect for layering.

4. Essential Maxi Skirt ($44)


This breezy skirt comes in three colors and is made from an ultrasoft organic cotton and modal jersey blend, slip on this effortless maxi skirt for a season’s worth of laid-back, easy style.

5. Grayson Dress ($29.99)


Every woman needs a simple little black dress. What makes this one stand apart from the rest? It’s made from a blend of organic cotton, grown without pesticides or herbicides, and modal, an extremely soft, easy-care, sustainable fabric made from beech trees that are cultivated using minimal natural resources.

Find more earth-friendly basics at Rodale’s!


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One Response to Back to Basics

  1. Sadhvi August 9, 2014 at 11:00 am #

    Love the vibrant colors! Any men’s tshirts any time soon?

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