Monday, October 6, 2014

Unionville Vineyards Fall Harvest Festival

Unionville Vineyards Fall Harvest Festival

Aina Clothing will be at Unionville Vineyards this Saturday, October 11 for the Fall Harvest Festival. A great day of wine tasting, live music by Quimby Mountain Band, gourmet food, winery tours and more.  This awesome festival is set upon 88 beautiful acres of farmland in Hunterdon County.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014



Last year around this time I was having a funky bummed-out day but my spirits were lifted by an email that I received later that day. Someone that I know took a minute of their time to do something that probably would seem small and trivial to most, but could result in a positive outcome. It got me thing about an article that an old high school friend had recently wrote; “Stand Up For Something, Staying Good At Life”. The major part of the article is “Assistance comes in many forms. Volunteer in your community. Help by giving someone a good referral. Put in a good word for someone. Hold open a door for someone. Make a donation. Be active in your community. Smile at someone.” So I came up with this idea for the month, Helptoberfest and for the month of October I posted (mostly on AinaClothing) about different charities, events and inspirational quotes. This Helptoberfest I’ll be at it again and hopefully it will remind you to “Stay Good At Life”.

Stand Up For Something


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Aina Leaf Tee Giveaway

Aina Leaf Tee Giveaway

Giving away the Men's Leaf Tee this week over on the Aina Clothing Facebook page.
Super soft organic cotton, what's not to like!
Ends Friday, October 3 at 3pm EST.

Aina Clothing t-shirt giveaway 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What Is Organic Cotton

What Is Organic Cotton

At the last few events that Aina Clothing has been a vendor at I’ve been a little surprised by a few of the questions that were asked of me; “What’s organic cotton?” and “What’s so special about organic cotton?” I guess I have been naive being the owner of Aina thinking that everyone would understand organic/organic cotton and what sets it apart from traditional cotton like any other organic product.

Let’s start with Oxford Dictionaries definition of organic: (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents.

So now that we have a basic understanding of what organic is we can dive into my area of focus which is organic cotton and hit up the Organic Trade Association for their definition of organic cotton. “Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming. All cotton sold as organic in the United States must meet strict federal regulations covering how the cotton is grown.”

Great, so it doesn’t use pesticides and stuff, how much could traditional cotton use anyway, it’s a natural plant to begin with. In the United States conventional cotton uses about 12 pounds of synthetic chemicals per planted acre, and most of these chemicals are listed as probable carcinogens by the EPA. Cotton covers 2.5% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 16% of the world’s insecticides, more than any other single major crop.

In addition to organic cotton not using synthetic chemicals, organic farming supports bio-diversity through crop rotation, promotion of soil health and has a positive effect on the surrounding ecosystem with insect and bird life having been found to be 50% greater on organic farms than conventional.

Organic cotton farming

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Highlands Festival at Waterloo

Aina Clothing is off to The Highlands Festival at Waterloo this weekend.
This is a two day music and environmental festival celebrating New Jersey's home-grown music, food, art, crafts, history and entertainment!
Taking place on September 20 and 21, 2014, the Highlands Festival at Waterloo promises to be a weekend of fun for all ages. This zero waste event will feature two stages to showcase New Jersey Performers. It is produced by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition.