Organic Cotton: The Neil Young Way

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A couple of months ago, we blogged about how organic cotton keeps children safe from harmful cancer causing agents that can be found in conventional cotton clothing.  Well, it looks like organic cotton recently got a new supporter – Neil Young.

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Back in August, Neil Young showed his organic cotton support in a blog post on his website.  Young explained how he removed all non-organic cotton t-shirts and products from his merchandise lineups.  Young also elaborated on the dangers of non-organic cotton and how he has been giving away free organic cotton t-shirts at his concert shows to promote protecting the earth.

Here are a few facts Mr. Young highlighted in his post:

  • Cotton is the most widely used textile crop on earth – covering almost 5 percent of earth’s cultivated land
  • Cotton is second for most pesticide use of all crops and it uses 25 percent of all of the petrochemical based pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides globally
  • In the U.S., it takes about 1/3 of a pound of pesticides and herbicides to grow enough conventional cotton for just one t-shirt
  • EPA considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in the PA considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in the United States as “possible,” “likely,” “probable,” pr “known” human carcinogens.
  • These chemicals absorb into the soil which can affect nearby crops, get into water supplies and rivers and affect many life forms downstream

When selling organic cotton, organic farmers are supporter, children are kept safer, and the environment benefits from our actions.  Let your customers know their child can be protected against the sun and harmful chemicals with organic cotton.

Check out Royal Apparel’s line of organic products for all ages – all made with our super soft, 100 percent Certified Organic Cotton in the USA.

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Rock Pink This October

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We have recently seen NFL teams wear pink, the White House illuminated in pink, and now it is your turn to show Breast Cancer Awareness support!  This October, show your support with some of our pink-colored men, women, and children clothing styles to help out your Breast Cancer Awareness Campaigns.

Remember, pink holds a lot of power.  Make yourself aware and check out some Breast Cancer Awareness facts below:

Infographic credit to Julep.com

Although most people are aware of what breast cancer is, it is important to take the steps to identify and detect the disease and encourage others to do the same. Check out the National Breast Cancer website to learn more and spread the word!

 

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A Few Fall Clothing Tips

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Gone are the days spent at the pool in a swimsuit.

Fagus sylvatica JPG2a.jpgFagus sylvatica JPG2a” by Jean-Pol GRANDMONTOwn work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

As the summer temperature drops and the leaves begin to change in color, it’s time to start thinking about what clothes you will want to bust out for those Friday night football games and post-summer parties.

Here are a few tips on how to dress accordingly for the autumn season:

1.   Dress in Light Layers

Dressing in light layers allows you to easily adapt to the changes in weather—those cold mornings and warmer afternoons.  Throw on a long sleeve thermal, pullover hoody, or a sweatshirt while varying in layers of fabric tops, loose tee shirts or knits to show your sense of fashion.

2.   Same Goes for the Children

Dress up the children with hooded long sleeves and thermals, and deck them out with some comfortable toddler pants.  If they are comfortable, congratulations, because that is less work for you!

3.   Colors that Match the Season

Orange pumpkins and black cats may be creeping around the corner, but deep oranges, rusts, golds, browns, creams, and black are great colors to match with the seasonal change.  Let nature guide your attire and match the season!

4.   When in Doubt, Choose Plaid

Talk about mixing and matching colors!  Plaid long-sleeve shirts are huge in the fall.  The varying colors allow you to combine many different cooler or warmer colors.

5.   Cover Those Legs

Ditch the summer shorts and grab hold of some of your favorite jeans you haven’t seen in a while.  Ladies, maybe it is not a jean’s day and dressing in pantyhose, leg warmers or high socks sound like a better, more playful plan.  Royal Apparel’s Spandex Jersey Yoga Pants and Leggings will surely keep you feeling comfortable all day long.  Mix and match colors our legging options with your skirts and dresses that make your outfit pop, while keeping your legs nice and warm.

Dress for the season with Royal Apparel.

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Bamboo Clothing? Yep, and the Trend is Growing

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Bambu-imperial-Detalhe” by Bruno da Silva Lessa  Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Don’t become “bamboo-zled”

We will explain.  Bamboo fabric is becoming a popular alternative to conventional cotton clothing and a growing trend in the fashion industry.  Bamboo has the following attributes:

  • Bamboo is Eco-friendly:    Bamboo can be grown without pollutants and pesticides.  Bamboo is also easy to harvest and when replanted, it grows quickly without leaving long-term effects to the environment.
  • Bamboo is Easy on Skin:   Bamboo is smoother than cotton and other fabrics, which are sharper and easily irritate skin. People who are allergic to certain fabrics generally do not have negative reactions to bamboo fabric.
  • Bamboo Keeps You Cool:   Bamboo naturally absorbs water up to three times its own weight and will keep you cool and dry in the summer and warm and dry in the winter.  Bamboo clothing makes for great athletic or exercise clothing.
  • Bamboo Stays Fresh:   Bamboo fabric has natural antibacterial properties that do not diminish by the wash.  The bamboo fabric keeps clothes smelling sweet and absorbs odor-causing bacteria.

Think about this cotton-alternative and try it out today!  Check out Royal Apparel’s Unisex Bamboo Organic Tee. It’s silky soft, stylish and environmentally friendly.

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Keep Your Children Cool & Safe In The Summer Heat

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Organic Cotton for Your Child’s Safety

This baby has the right idea, but there’s something missing…some protective clothing.

Yes, summer’s in full swing and it is time to relax under the summer sun, but it’s also an important time to keep children safe and beat the heat with appropriate summer clothing – and organic cotton is the summer-safe answer!

Why organic cotton and children?  All of our 100% Organic Cotton apparel, from hats and bibs to tees and pants can keep your child safer from harmful pesticides, fungicides, insecticides—cancer causing agents—all that can be found in conventional cotton clothing.

Conventional cotton is a highly chemical intensive crop and its production uses:

• 3% of the world’s arable land
• 10% of all agricultural chemicals
• 25% of all insecticides

While conventional cotton farmers spray chemicals on cotton plants to exterminate unwanted bugs, these farmers also eliminate beneficial bugs as well!  When those chemicals are sprayed onto cotton, our skin absorbs some of these poisonous chemicals.  This is dangerous for children and infants wearing non-organic cotton products, as their skin is more sensitive throughout their youth.  Irritated skin, rashes and headaches can all be caused by the chemicals trapped in the clothing.  Yikes!

When we buy organic cotton, we are supporting organic farmers and making a difference for not only the environment, but for our children as well!

Check out our line of organic products for infants, toddlers and youth—all made with our super soft 100% CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON. Made in USA.

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Keep The Patriotism Alive: Union Made, Union Proud

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Although July 4th is behind us, why would anyone stop the patriotism? Sure, we didn’t win the world cup, but let’s keep the “USA” chants alive for the rest of the summer!  You can also show your USA support buy purchasing Union Made clothing.

Buying Union Made means “every dollar you spend goes towards protecting working people by helping them to earn a livable wage in safe conditions, provide health care for their families and pursue the American promise of creating a better life for every future generation.” (http://labor411.org/)

Royal Apparel carries union made shirts because we believe in what Unions stand for—fair, living wages, non-discriminatory practices, and equal opportunity regardless of age, gender, race or religion. Union Made clothing manufacturing ensures employees work in regulated health and safety conditions.

Eco-Friendly

Union Made clothing reduces shipping distances and uses locally produced organic and recycled resources.  Union Made clothing supports good jobs in American communities, safe working conditions and respect for work.

If you want to be confident the clothes you purchase are not created in sweatshops with unfair living conditions, then consider buying Union Made clothing.

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Summer Time: 7 Tips to Beat the Heat

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The heat’s getting hotter…the sun’s out longer…and the pool’s calling your name.  Its summer time and your summer getup is at Royal Apparel.  However, you have to be smart about what you buy and how you wear it.  Here are some helpful tips to keep cool this summer:

  1. It’s not about wearing less, but what’s comfortable and protects you from the sun
  2. Wear light colors, like pastels to deflect the sun’s rays.  Try colors like:
    1. White, Lemon, Light Greens and Blues, Pink or Peach
  3. Loose plain weave or tighter weaves and knits, like cotton jersey or linen, keep you cool
  4. AVOID corduroy, velvets, terry cloth, vinyl and leather
  5. Guys; tanks and short sleeve shirts keep you cool and protect a majority of your torso from the sun
  6. Gals; sun dresses, spaghetti strap, strapless dresses or flared skirts are the way to go
  7. If you have to dress up, lightly tailored suits, jackets and slacks won’t make you sweat inside

Check out our clothing line for to follow these helpful tips! While we don’t offer shorts, we have plenty to offer from the waste up, like tank top clothing for men and short sleeves for women.

It’s hot out there. Be prepared, with Royal Apparel.

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Bethany Lyons Sports Royal Apparel Tank on GMA

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Power Yoga instructor Bethany Lyons stopped by Good Morning America last Saturday to promote Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square.  And guess what! She was sporting one of Royal Apparel’s own Racer Tanks while getting America in the right stance and state of mind.

Bethany selected Royal Apparel to be part of her line of yoga clothing because of our USA-made, great quality and fit.  We couldn’t be more excited!

There’s nothing like wearing a comfortable tank and freeing your mind in one of the most hectic, busiest cities in the USA.  If you are looking for something to wear while yoga-ing it up, check out our yoga pants or our tank selection for everyone in the family!

Over 8,000 yoga enthusiasts stretched in the sun in Times Square last Saturday to commemorate the summer solstice.

Check out the footage here: Good Morning America

You can also learn more about Bethany Lyons and her power yoga-instructed classes here.

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Father’s Day: Make Dad Comfortable

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Father’s Day commercials surround dads everywhere with tools, grills, sports and anything that defines him as a man. He probably has the entire screwdriver set at this point and everything he can barbeque, so how about Dad kicks back this year in some comfy clothes. Let him sleep on the couch.

Let Dad take the day off and grill on Monday.

How about getting dad some leisure clothes he can relax in or wear outside? Let Father’s Day be his day! Thank him for the work he does the other six days of the week by ushering him to his recliner thrown!
We have everything your Dad needs for the summer! It’s hot outside, so let’s hook him up with some Organic Cotton or Union Made tees! If he’s still got his high school build (or thinks he does), or if he needs a workout shirt, try a Fine Jersey Tank Top! Maybe he needs a tune up, so dress him up in our short sleeve polo!

The ‘ole man needs a break…so let’s make him comfortable!

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Remember and Salute Our Troops this Memorial Day

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With it’s roots beginning in 1866, to pay tribute to those lost in the Civil War, Memorial Day is an excellent time to pay tribute to our Troops past and present.

Remember those heroes that have selflessly sacrificed for our great country.  Participate in observing a 3 minute moment of silence on Memorial Day.

Support our Military and their families during Military Appreciation Month by helping the USO break a Guinness World Record in the largest “thank you” ever for our troops and their families by signing the Every Moment Counts Flag. http://www.usomoments.org/

 

 

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