As time goes on, people are slowly but surely realizing how important it is to “go green.” Whether it is taking a bike to work one day a week, recycling used bottles, or grocery shopping with a reusable bag, every little bit counts when reducing our population’s carbon footprint.
Almost everything you can think of has an”eco-friendly” alternative. Now, thanks to BLD (Blue Line Design) Clothing, even the most extreme tree-hugger can be a fashion lover! Blue Line Design & Apparel is a new, active-lifestyle, eco-conscious clothing company that is sweeping the Adirondack Park!
BLD Clothing was the brainchild of Ben Chamberlain. A man after our own heart, Chamberlain loves the Adirondacks and spent last winter on Phelps Mountain. While on the summit, the BLD creator reflected on how he hadn’t been able to find a “t-shirt with a cool design” that wasn’t made overseas. After much thought, Chamberlain decided to create his own, and Blue Line Design and Apparel was born.
Ben is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Manhattan, which gave him some creative experience under his belt, and so he began sketching designs over Thanksgiving. Launched this January, BLD has begun to make its mark in the ADK Park, choosing our very own Saranac Lake as its home.
Chamberlain is an avid Adirondack hiker, paddler, camper, and overall enthusiast and thus has made an “economic commitment” to the Adirondack Park; BLD has partnered with the Adirondack Mountain Club and will give 1% of all revenue back to help protect and preserve our beloved Park.
Deb Zack, Director of Membership and Development, says that “ADK is proud to partner with an Adirondack entrepreneur who has married the values of economic development with ecological and environmental conservation.”
This altruistic company has proven its dedication to nature and our earth as a whole while also finding an alternative way to make t-shirts with a “cool design.”
After listening to what Ben Chamberlain had to offer and loving the fact that this company gives back to my roots, I had to check out some BLD originals for myself. I LOVE the simplicity of the designs and the way they compliment what it means to be from the Adirondacks; these tee’s look comfy, simple, and natural. I know I will be picking up the “Newt” design tee to pair with some jean shorts and Birkenstock sandals this summer!
BLDÂ’s t-shirts include four designs: Paddler, Newt, Trekker and Black Bear, and are offered in MenÂ’s, WomenÂ’s and Youth sizes. BLD products are available online at the companyÂ’s website, www.BLDADK.com, and in the following retail outlets: Adirondack Mountain Club Headquarters Lake George, NY , Adirondack Mountain Club High Peaks Information Center Lake Placid, NY Adirondack Museum Store Blue Mountain Lake, NY, Hornbeck Boats Olmstedville, NY , and Keene Mountaineer Keene, NY.
We contacted Wendy Knight of Knight and Day Communications to give us some more dirt on this cool company. She said that “We offer American-made, 100% organic t-shirts” and even their t-shirt production process helps reduce our carbon footprint! She continued on in saying that “We’ll be rolling out organic hats, sweatshirts, long sleeves & wick wear soon. We also offer affordable, eco-friedly silk screening for other businesses in & around the Park.” Wendy also sent us a few shots of BLD gear (just in case you needed more temptation to snag a shirt).
Don’t you want one? Now is the time! BLD is offering a $5 discount from purchases made on www.bldadk.com. ADK is so excited that BLD has picked them as their beneficiary, they are now offering a $5 discount off memberships with the purchase a BLD T-shirt online!
For more information on up-and-coming companies in the area or to check out the awesome area that Ben Chamberlain of BLD loves so much, continue browsing Adirondack.net! What do you think of these new eco-friendly duds? Comment below!