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Pledge to reboot your wardrobe on Earth Day

Recycled clothes
It's Earth Day, which means you might be planting a tree, promising to start composting or breaking your disposable water bottle habit.

Writer Susan Carpenter has been doing those kinds of things and more for quite awhile now. She even threw an environmentally friendly birthday party for her 9-year-old son awhile back.

So when she recently decided she needed a wardrobe update, she stuck to her principles. But where to start? She called in a fashion consultant to help her find recycled, thrifted and "upcycled" (refurbished) clothing that's actually stylish. That's one of the outfits she put together, pictured here. She wrote about the experience for this Sunday's Image section.

Besides changing your clothing shopping habits, you  might consider checking out natural beauty products in honor of Earth Day, as writer Janet Kinosian did. She profiles several brands that rely on flowers, herbs, fruits or honey. And consider ditching the liquid shampoo. Shampoo in the form of a bar soap might be kinder to the environment -- and to your hair, too.


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Photo: One of Susan Carpenter's environmentally friendly outfits. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times 

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