Do U Speak Green?

Authentic Eco-Fashion from India


June 2013

How to do Biodynamic Gardening

Many people feel that biodynamic is the new organic. And with reason. From tomatoes to cucumbers to even coffee. There are companies in India now such as Blue Tokai who are investing into biodynamic coffees as a way to be more friendly towards the environment.

So, bring the biodynamic lifestyle into your homes. Check out these tips from our friends at organic on how to maintain a biodynamic backyard.

1. Follow the celestial garden calendar.
Follow the annual Stella Natura. This calendar tracks the passage of the moon through the 12 constellations of the zodiac each month, indicating optimal times to work with a plant’s roots, leaves, flowers, or fruit (a category that includes many vegetables, nuts, and seeds).

2. Mist with a manure or silica preparation.
Preparation 500—made from cow manure buried in the earth to soak up energy—is mixed in tiny amounts into water, then sprayed on soil in early spring to promote root grcelestial-gardening-3-300owth. “It helps the earth hold nutrients, air, and water and give them to the young plants,” Mead says. “We see more consistent growth—instead of some seedlings and transplants doing well, virtually all do well.”

Preparation 501—made from quartz crystals ground to a fine powder called silica—is sprayed later in spring and summer, to help leaves take in sunlight. “It’s beautiful in the garden when silica is sprayed,” says Mead. “We usually spray in early morning. The rising sun shines through the mist. And the plants and trees seem to lift themselves up a little bit higher afterward.” Silica helps plants absorb light more effectively, biodynamic practitioners say, resulting in produce with a higher nutrient content.

3. Try biodynamic seeds
Seeds may be more expensive but fans of the system say it gives better and faster germination.

So try out these simple tips and let us know how your biodynamic plants are growing.



Major Brands Go Green

Major brands are now going green. The organic movement is no longer saved to mom & shop and traditional shops.

Top brands such as Adidas and Timberland are now converting their traditional lines to green ones.

German sportswear group Adidas has used one million yards (914,000 metres) of fabric produced by DryDye technology, which eliminates the need for water in the dyeing process, since it started using the process last year.

It created 50,000 adidas DryDye graphic t-shirts – saving 1.25 million litres of water – and expanded the use into other ranges, including an adidas by Stella McCartney t-shirt in autumn/winter 2012.

For spring/summer 2013, the majority of the fabric has been used for the adidas Performance Prime Tee, one of the best-selling training t-shirts in the adidas sports performance range.

Timberland, another outdoors range is also following suit with the green movement.

Timberland furthered its “beyond factory walls” initiative, which included parenting skills and stress management training in China, supporting a community childcare centre and instigating financial literacy programmes in India, and building clean drinking water towers in Vietnam.

The US company made strides toward achieving its goal of planting five million trees by 2015; employees and partners planted 1,153,840, taking the total to 3.5 million since 2010.

“The benefits that trees provide in the form of helping to prevent desertification, increase yields of farm crops and reduce the effects of droughts are critical to communities everywhere,” said Mark Newton, vice-president of CSR. “As a New England brand known for making products built to enjoy the outdoors, it’s only natural that we do what we can to protect the environment.”

Do U Speak Green is excited that more apparel companies are going green. It is always a positive sign when organizations and individuals get more organic and think of the overall benefit to the world rather than just lining their pockets with huge profits.

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