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Olympic Outfits Going Green for Canada Team

Canada’s Olympic athletes are sporting eco-uniforms at the Beijing Games right now and they’re all made with eco-friendly fabrics. The Hudson’s Bay Company created the athletes’ clothing line for the current Beijing 2008 Olympics. All the outfits are materials like organic cotton and cacona, which is derived from coconut.

Designers also adapted the clothing to the high temperatures in Beijing so the clothing for the Beijing Games was made using fabrics that provide UV protection, four-way stretch, odor resistance and wicking and cooling properties so athletes are

The designer Tu Ly said the move to environmentally sustainable materials was made easy by a larger worldwide trend that increased the availability of such products. While his designs have been critiqued as loud and outrageous, Tu Ly stands proud by his eco-uniform styles.

The new Olympic collection is a highly-styled fusion of Canadian and Chinese symbolism.‘Canada’ is proudly written in both English and Chinese and the maple leaf is used on select items. The primary colours for the collection are red and white, with further colour inspiration coming from the five elements of Chinese astrology: Earth, Wood, Fire, Water and Metal. Chinese symbolism is used in the form of the lucky number eight, both as a numeral and an octagon.— the HBC press release and fiber2fashion.

Image Source ~ Hudson’s Bay Company

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Written by Lucille Chi

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level.

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B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science.

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