Eco-Friendly Fashion: Savvy & Sustainable

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July 11, 2014

You recycle your garbage, reduced your domestic water use, turned back the thermostat, and even bought a hybrid with a high MPG. Now there are environmentally conscious options when it comes to fashion. Eco-friendly and sustainable are more than just buzzwords coined to attract conscientious, earth-loving consumers. When referring to the fashion industry, they reflect an exciting new trend toward more environmentally responsible production of clothing. The apparel industry has not always been a friend of the earth. In fact it has had a downright toxic impact on the environment. By adding eco-friendly clothing and accessories to your wardrobe, you can protect our air, water, wildlife, and wilderness.

Embracing “green fashion” doesn’t require a sacrifice of personal style or personal finances. The industry of sustainable clothing is expanding, providing a wide variety of trendy and affordable options. So go “green” and dress the part – from bamboo-based business wear to vests crafted from recycled soda bottles – raw silk scarves to linen shirts, slacks, and dresses – t-shirts and hoodies spun from recycled plastic bags and even shoes carved out of cork and padded with refurbished rubber. Your wardrobe can be earth friendlier from top to toe. Here are just a few popular purveyors of eco-friendly fashions courtesy of green consumer guru Diane MacEachern.

You recycle your garbage, reduced your domestic water use, turned back the thermostat, and even bought a hybrid with a high MPG. Now there are environmentally conscious options when it comes to fashion. Eco-friendly and sustainable are more than just buzzwords coined to attract conscientious, earth-loving consumers. When referring to the fashion industry, they reflect an exciting new trend toward more environmentally responsible production of clothing. The apparel industry has not always been a friend of the earth. In fact it has had a downright toxic impact on the environment. By adding eco-friendly clothing and accessories to your wardrobe, you can protect our air, water, wildlife, and wilderness. Embracing “green fashion” doesn’t require a sacrifice of personal style or personal finances. The industry of sustainable clothing is expanding, providing a wide variety of trendy and affordable options. So go “green” and dress the part – from bamboo-based business wear to vests crafted from recycled soda bottles – raw silk scarves to linen shirts, slacks, and dresses – t-shirts and hoodies spun from recycled plastic bags and even shoes carved out of cork and padded with refurbished rubber. Your wardrobe can be earth friendlier from top to toe.

Here are just a few popular purveyors of eco-friendly fashions courtesy of green consumer guru Diane MacEachern.

American Apparel. Made in the United States and sweatshop free, American Apparel is notorious for providing customers with inexpensive basics like T-shirts, sweatshirts, light-weight sweaters, leggings, skirts, pants, shorts, bathing suits, and intimates. Their Organic Collection offers styles made from 100% USDA Certified Organic and pesticide-free cotton. The company also uses a low-impact dyeing process to eliminate chemical waste while recycling over a million pounds of fabric per year.

Fashion & Earth. Another fair trade, sustainable and style conscious company, Fashion & Earth produces organic and eco-friendly clothing made from bamboo, organic cotton, hemp and soy. Their site is easy to browse, providing a large selection of chic tops, bottoms, skirts and dresses, jackets, intimates, and accessories. They also offer additional links to shop complete outfits, search green fashion guides, and read-up on why eco-friendly clothing matters, and offer 10% off your first purchase.

Jonano. Supplies designer fashions for women and babies made from certified organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp fabrics. Their clothing is manufactured using Fair Trade Labor practices, and they use natural dyes with a low environmental impact. Added bonus? Jonano also uses recycled packaging and shipping materials.

Aventura Clothing. Manufactures beautiful and comfortable women’s clothing made from organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, and recycled polyester. Aventura’s clothing line includes halter tops, tank tops, blouses, jackets, bottoms (dresses, pants, shorts, skorts, capris), beachwear, bathing suits, and accessories.

Rawganique Clothing. This company offers a wide selection of women’s and men’s clothing made from hemp and organic cotton. Rawganique also carries a large collection of accessories ranging anywhere from organic jewelry, handbags and footwear to organic sheets and towels. All at reasonable prices.

The Greenloop. This eco-fashion shopping resource focuses primarily on sustainable apparel and accessories for women and men. Greenloop provides an abundant list of brands that employ a variety of responsible practices such as using eco-friendly, sustainable materials, and/or maximizing recycling and waste reduction. In addition to these practices, all companies listed on the Greenloop site engage in fair trade and sweat-shop free production.

Anvil Knitwear. Recently ranked the 6th largest organic program in the world by the Organic Exchange, Anvil supplies over 70 styles of men, women and children’s clothing and accessories in 80 different colors, including 17 eco-friendly styles in fibers such as organic cotton, recycled cotton, transitional cotton (or cotton in conversion) and recycled polyester from PET bottles.

Before you clog your closet with your new eco-friendly digs, consider recycling some of your old wardrobe by taking it to a consignment shop or donating it to a good cause.

Source: www.biggreenpurse.com

dig deeper: For more about green living visit www.biggreenpurse.com the creation of Diane MacEachern, an award-winning entrepreneur and best-selling author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World.

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